The Sims 4 game hotkeys

The Sims 4

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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.

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Change camera type


Take a screenshot


Record video


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.

Walls up


Walls down

Page Up

Go up a floor

Page Down

Go down a floor

Mouse right click + Mouse movement

Move Around the Neighborhood


Move view up


Move view left


Move view down


Move view right

↑   Shift + ⤶ Enter

Center on current Lot

Mouse left click

(on Sim picture) Select Sim

Mouse right click

(on Sim picture) Make Camera follow that Sim

Mouse middle click + Mouse movement

Rotate view or tilt camera up/down to change angles


Zoom in and out

or X
or Mouse wheel up and down

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


Start or stop video recording


Bring up main menu or cancel current operation

Mouse left click

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

Mouse left click

(click on ground) Order Sim to go somewhere

⤶ Enter

Find active Sim


Select the next Sim in the Household

or N
Mouse left click

(click on Sim portrait) Select that Sim


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


Show Sim's inventory


Show Career tab


Show Skills list


Show Relationship panel


Show Simology


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


Go to Map mode


Pause Sims 4

or P

Speed 1 (normal)


Speed 2


Speed 3

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.

Live mode (Normal Gameplay)


Buy mode


Build mode


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


Wall tool


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

↑   Shift

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


Eyedroppert tool. Copy an object quickly


Sledgehammer tool. Allows you to destroy objects


Design Tool. Recolor objects to create color schemes

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


Toggle the grid

↑   Shift

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

⬅ Backspace

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


Rotate selected object left


Rotate selected object right


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


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

Control + F

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


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

↑   Shift

Hold while painting walls and floors: Will 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


Make brush softer when painting terrain


Make brush harder when painting terrain


Hold while painting terrain to erase and change terrain to default

Ctrl + Z


Ctrl + Y

Redo last action you undid


Delete or sell selected object


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


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


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.
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
↑   Shift + ]

Increases the size of objects

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Program information

Program name: 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.

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What is your favorite The Sims 4 hotkey? Do you have any useful tips for program? Let other users know below.

MatsuyoRific says 4 months 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 6 months ago 1/8/2019 10:37 PM
come si fa ad entrare?

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sofia says 6 months ago 1/8/2019 10:34 PM