How to open the console in CS:GO

The console is a game changer.

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Most tactical shooters come with a menu that gives you all the tools you need to change your settings. But Counter-Strike isn’t like most tactical shooters.

CS:GO does have a settings menu of sorts, but it’s nothing special. You can change your HUD, fiddle around with your crosshair settings, and adjust your mouse sensitivity. That’s about it, though. It’s nothing when you compare it to the console.

The console can be used to personalize your setup and optimize your game. If you want to change your settings on the fly or bind keys and commands, the console is for you. There’s almost endless potential when it comes to CS:GO’s console.

Here’s how to activate and open up the console.

How to open console on CS:GO

To open the console, you first need to enable it through the settings menu. You can do this by clicking Options in the top right corner of the screen from the main menu, selecting Game Settings, and choosing Enable Developer Console. Set it to “yes.”

The default key binding for the console is the tilde key (~). But if you want to change it to something else, head to the Keyboard / Mouse settings, and scroll down to Toggle Console and click the right-hand box to choose your binding. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with using tilde, but the F-keys are a sensible alternative.

Once you’ve enabled the console and bound it to an appropriate key, you’re free to open it in the main menu or throughout a match.

For a list of useful console commands to help you get started, click here.