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Hot Keys & Controls – The Sims 4 Base Game Guide

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In the Camera Mode, you can control the viewing angle using the arrow keys or WAS, and D. To move the camera up or down, hold down the upward or downward arrow key and the Fn button.

Sims 3 Camera : Control + Shift + Tab or pressing Esc > Game Options > Controls and Camera > Sims 3 Camera. 

HomeWalls Up
Ctrl + Shift + CToggle Cheat Window
EndWalls Down
Page UpGo up a floor
Page DownGo down a floor
Hold Right-ClickMove Around the Neighborhood – better than below
Space or NSwitch to next Sim in Household
Shift + EnterCenter on Current Lot
P or 0 or ‘Pause Game (Time Controls)
1-2-3Regular/Fast/Ultra Speed (Time Controls)
Right-Click Sim PicRight-Click Sim portrait
Z, X, or Scroll Mouse WheelZoom In and Out
CTake a Screenshot. In Game Options you may select to include the Game Interface in Pictures.
VBegins/Ends Video Recording. Find Video Settings in the Game Options
GShow Aspiration Window. Click Gift to go to Rewards, Star to Change Aspiration
IShow Sim’s Inventory
JShow Career Tab
LShow Skills List
RShow Relationship Panel

First Person Mode Hotkeys

Shift + TabEnters and exits First Person View
Left ClickInteracts with objects and Sims, allows you to move. Sims and objects must be in view.
Shift (Hold)Allows you to move the mouse while in first person, letting you click things in the game interface without moving the camera.
Right ClickBrings up ‘Move Here’ to help you to get around doors and walls that you cannot see through.
TabRemoves the interface as it normally does
CtrlSeems to re-center the camera to where the Sim is looking
Mouse WheelAdjusts Field of View (FOV) which can let you see more on the screen, while also helping to compensate somewhat for motion sickness. Scroll down to increase FOV (zoom out on Mac) It should come on slower if you are afflicted. You can, of course, reduce FOV by zooming in but it’s not recommended unless you specifically need it.

Buy & Build Mode Hotkeys

F1, F2, F3Live Mode (Normal Gameplay), Buy Mode, Build Mode
HSwitch to Hand tool, allowing you to grab objects
BBrings up the Wall tool to build… Walls
Ctrl (Hold)While using Wall tool, hold control to delete walls and rooms.
Shift (Hold)While using Wall/Room tool, this will toggle between the two
EEyedropper. Copy an object quickly
KSledgehammer – allows you to click to destroy objects
RDesign Tool. Recolor Objects to create Color Schemes
+ (Numpad)After selecting an object, but before placing it, pressing + on the number pad will cycle through color options for that item, allowing you to find what looks right for that room.
GToggles Grid
Shift (Hold)Hold while placing Buy/Build Mode object to place more of the same object without having to select it again
Del or BackspaceDelete Object
,Rotate selected object left
.Rotate selected object right
Hold Alt w/ ObjectWhile holding an object, this allows you to position it anywhere as opposed to on the Grid
F5 toggleThis will let you position objects relative to the grid, but at 1/2 to 1/4 the usual distance. Good for precision.
Control + FWhile laying floor. Do 1/4 of a Tile at a time (little triangle) for artsy Design
Hold Alt while PaintingFills a straight Wall with the selected Wall Pattern
Hold Shift: Walls and FloorsWill fill an entire room with the selected Floor or Wall Pattern
[Make brush size smaller while painting terrain. Also cycles through square/circle brushes.
]Make brush size larger while painting terrain. Also cycles through square/circle brushes.
;Makes brush softer when painting terrain
Makes brush harder when painting terrain
CtrlHold while painting terrain to erase and change terrain to default.
Ctrl + YRedo
Ctrl + ZUndo
DeleteUse while object is selected to delete/sell it
TSwitch to top-down view. You can press it again to go back to your previous view
LChange lighting from Morning to Afternoon, Evening and Night to preview how things look. Does not change actual time.
UPush, then click house to relocate the entire structure on the lot. It may be moved or rotated.


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