The Sims 4 game hotkeys

The Sims 4 controls  

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
3 years ago
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Learning The Sims 4 hotkeys is a must, for a good Sims player. But if you're somewhat new to The Sims, these keys will not only make selecting tools easier, they also may teach you some features you didn't know before.

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Tab

Change camera type

1
C

Take a screenshot

0
V

Record video

0
F4

Open the Gallery, where you can view other players' creations and add them to your neighborhood

Screenshots are stored in Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Screenshots and Videos are stored in The Sims 4/Recorded Videos. Screenshots can be taken and videos can be recorded in build mode too.
1
Home

Walls up

0
End

Walls down

1
Page Up

Go up a floor

0
Page Down

Go down a floor

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+

Move Around the Neighborhood

1
W

Move view up

-1
or
0
A

Move view left

0
or
0
S

Move view down

1
or
1
D

Move view right

1
or
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↑   Shift + ⤶ Enter

Center on current Lot

0

(on Sim picture) Select Sim

2

(on Sim picture) Make Camera follow that Sim

0
+

Rotate view or tilt camera up/down to change angles

0
Z

Zoom in and out

1
or X
1
or
0
C

Take a screenshot. In Game Options you can choose to include the game interface in screenshots

1
V

Start or stop video recording

0
Esc

Bring up main menu or cancel current operation

0

(click on Object or Sim) Interact with that Object or Sim

0

(click on ground) Order Sim to go somewhere

0
⤶ Enter

Find active Sim

0
Space

Select the next Sim in the Household

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or N
0

(click on Sim portrait) Select that Sim

-1
G

Show Aspiration Window. Click on Gift to go to Rewards, Star to Change Aspiration

0
I

Show Sim's inventory

0
J

Show Career tab

1
L

Show Skills list

0
R

Show Relationship panel

0
Y

Show Simology

1
O

Show Sim's current need levels. Clicking on a need icon will order the Sim to fulfill it

0
M

Go to Map mode

-1
~

Pause Sims 4

0
or P
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1

Speed 1 (normal)

0
2

Speed 2

0
3

Speed 3

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Control + ↑   Shift + C

Access cheat console

When you remove objects in buy or build mode, you'll get some of your money back. Objects removed by placing a room on top of it or in any other way can be found in your Household Inventory.
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F1

Live mode (Normal Gameplay)

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F2

Buy mode

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F3

Build mode

2
H

Switch to Hand tool. In this mode you can grab objects

0
B

Wall tool

2
Ctrl

While using Wall tool, hold Ctrl to delete walls and rooms.

0
↑   Shift

While using Wall/Room tool, hold Shift to toggle between the two

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E

Eyedroppert tool. Copy an object quickly

1
K

Sledgehammer tool. Allows you to destroy objects

0
R

Design Tool. Recolor objects to create color schemes

5
Num +

After selecting an object but before placing it, pressing + on the num pad will cycle through color options for that item, allowing you to find what looks right for that room

0
G

Toggle the grid

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↑   Shift

(Hold) Hold while placing Buy or Build Mode object to place more of the same object without having to select it again

4
Backspace

Press while holding an object to place it in the Household inventory. Good for storing multiple things fast

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,

Rotate selected object left

0
.

Rotate selected object right

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Alt

While holding an object, this allows you to position it anywhere as opposed to on the Grid

4
F5

This will let you position objects relative to the grid, but at 1/2 to 1/4 the usual distance. Good for precision

0
Control + F

While laying floor, do 1/4 of a tile at a time (little triangle) for artsy design

0
Alt

While painting, holding Alt fills a straight wall with the selected wall pattern

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↑   Shift

Hold while painting walls and floors: Will fill an entire room with the selected floor or wall pattern

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[

Make brush size smaller while painting terrain. Also cycles through square/circle brushes

0
]

Make brush size larger while painting terrain. Also cycles through square/circle brushes

0
;

Make brush softer when painting terrain

0
'

Make brush harder when painting terrain

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Ctrl

Hold while painting terrain to erase and change terrain to default

0
Ctrl + Z

Undo

0
Ctrl + Y

Redo last action you undid

3
Del

Delete or sell selected object

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T

Switch to top-down view. Press again to go back to previous view

0
L

Change lighting from morning to afternoon, evening and night to preview how things look. It will not change actual time

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U

Press U, then click house to relocate the entire structure on the lot. It may be moved or rotated

Cheats are not hotkeys, but we included them if you think Sims die too quickly or everyting is too expensive.
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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + C

Show the cheat console, so you can enter cheat texts below

Help – Lists all available commands into the command console.
resetSim {FirstName} {LastName} – Resets the Sim.
fullscreen – Toggles full screen on or off.
headlineeffects{on/off} – Hides all headline effects including plumbobs, thought balloons, etc.
Death.toggle – Disables Death so that Sims don’t die.
FreeRealEstate {on/off} – Can be entered at neighborhood/world. If on, all homes are free.
motherlode – Provides 50,000 Simoleons
kaching – Provides 1000 Simoleons
rosebud – Provides 1000 Simoleons
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↑   Shift + ]

Increases the size of objects

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Program information

Program name: The Sims 4 The Sims 4 (Games)

The Sims 4 is a life simulation game developed by Maxis ve The Sims Studio, distributed by Electronic Arts. In this fourth game of series, emotional connections, Sim traits and social behavior has more prominence. The game was first released on September 2014 for Windows.

Web page: ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims...

Last update: 11 November 2019

How easy to press shortcuts: 90%

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Shortcut count: 82

Platform detected: Windows or Linux (not macOS)

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Guest says: 12 months ago 4/28/2020 10:27 AM
I don't really have any favorite hot key's yet !

MatsuyoRific says: 2 years ago 3/20/2019 1:53 PM
There needs to be a way to disable some of these. My keyboard is jacked up, and constantly wants to spam the up key, which can be a problem when playing.

sofia says: 2 years ago 1/8/2019 10:37 PM
come si fa ad entrare?

sofia says: 2 years ago 1/8/2019 10:34 PM
ciao....