Age of Empires IV – PC Controls (Hotkeys)

Gather some Archers, build those Farms as quickly as possible, and track down that dangling Idle Villager who’s been taking up space.

AOE 4 Hotkeys

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For quick reference, see the complete list below as well as the detailed image above. Memorize these, keep this guide open in your browser, or print and post on your wall for quick reference. You can also remap many of these hotkeys and create multiple profiles to try out different combinations.

Hotkey DefaultSecondaryDescription
Left Click a unitN/ASelect unit
Double Left Click a unitControl and [ Left Click ] a unitSelect all visible units of same type
Shift and [ left click ] a unitN/AAdd/Remove unit from selection
Left Click ground and drag mouseN/ABandbox select groups of units
Left Click groundN/AConfirm building or ability placement
Shift and [ left click ] groundN/AQueue building or ability placement
Right Click ground or unit with unit(s) selectedN/AIssue contextual order to selected unit(s) (ie. Move, Attack, etc)
Right Click ground and drag mouse with unit(s) selectedN/AIssue facing move order
ESCN/ACancel / deselect unit / game menu / skip NIS. Not user remappable.
Controls  
Control + ACtrl + K“Select all units on screen”
Control + Shift + ACtrl + Shift + K“[Shift]: Select all units” – Appears as shift message on Control-A binding
Y with a unit selectedCtrl + YAccess secondary UI panel
Camera  
ALT and move mouseCaps lock“Rotate camera (hold)”
[Num 6“Rotate camera 45 degrees counter-clockwise”
]Num 4“Rotate camera 45 degrees clockwise”
BackspaceNum 0“Reset camera” – 1st press resets camera rotation, 2nd press resets zoom
F5 N/A“Focus on selected unit(s)”
HomeN/A“Follow Selected Unit”
ALT+A“Pan camera left” – Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
ALT+D “Pan camera right” – Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
/\ (up arrow)ALT+W “Pan camera up” – Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
\/ (down arrow)ALT+S “Pan camera down” – Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
Unit Management  
TabRight arrow“Cycle through selected units (forward)”
“Cycle through selected unit types (forward)”
Ensure multiple types of units are selected and Tab with units selected
Control + TabLeft arrow“Cycle through selected units (reverse)”
Cycle through selected unit types (reverse)
Ensure multiple types of units are selected and Control + Tab with units selected
NB: can’t do shift-tab because it’s the steam overlay ;(
0-9Num [x1]“Select Control Group X”
1x selects group, 2x selects and centers camera on group (or follow depending on user setting “Focus on selected unit(s)”)
Control and 0-9 [ range above ]Num X [x1]“Set Control Group X to selected unit(s)”
Assign group to selected units
Setting a control group when no units are selected effectively removes that control group
Shift and 0-9 [ range above ]N/A“[Shift]: Add Group To Selection”
Changing this to “[Shift]: Add Selected Units to Group”
Add selected units to group
Appears as shift message on 0-9 binding
F1M“Select all Military Production Buildings”
pick center-most building of selection using setting FindAndCyclePickType for pick-type (since mongol buildings can move, so follow actually has meaning)
F2K“Select all Economy Buildings” as above
F3O“Select all Research Buildings” as above
F4P“Select all Landmarks, Wonders, and Capital Town Centers”
F5 JFocus on Selected Unit(s)
HL“Cycle through Town Centers”
Control + HCTRL + L“Focus on Capital Town Center”
Select and center camera on Capital Town Center
‘ (Apostrophe)]“Cycle through individual Monk units”
(FindAndCyclePickType)
Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
/[“Cycle through individual Scout units”
(FindAndCyclePickType)
Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
. (Period)N“Cycle through Idle Economy” (idle economy include villagers, trade carts, fishing ships, and trade ships, officials (chinese civ))
(IdleVillagerPickType)
Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
Control + . (Period)CTRL + Up arrow“Select all idle Villagers”
Pick all idle villagers (IdleVillagerPickType)
Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
(if all idle villagers are selected and made un-idle, Ctrl-. will not change the current selection – as designed)
Control + Shift + VUp arrow“Select all Villagers”
Pick all Villagers (FindAndCyclePickType)
Control + Shift + RPage up“Return all Villagers to work (from Seek Shelter)”
, (Comma)Down arrow“Cycle through idle Military units”
Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
Control + , (Comma)CTRL + Down arrow“Select all idle Military units”
Default binding remapped on non-English keyboards to the key at that location
Control + Shift + CCTRL + M“Select all Military units”
Control + FCTRL + V“Cycle through Villagers gathering Food”
Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Food
Control + WCTRL + B“Cycle through Villagers gathering Wood”
Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Wood
Control + GCTRL + J“Cycle through Villagers gathering Gold”
Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Gold
Control + SCTRL + K“Cycle through Villagers gathering Stone”
Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Stone
Shift and [ unit production hotkey ] or click buttonN/AQueue production of 5 units of that type
Delete (hold) with unit selectedCTRL + =Delete unit or building
InsertCTRL + –“Toggle Team-based or Unique player colors”
Communication  
Shift + Enter\“[All] Global chat”
Enter/[Team] Team chat
Enter with chat openN/ASend chat message
Tab with chat openN/ASwap between [All] Global and [Team] Team chat
Page UpShift + >“Scroll chat messages (older)”
Page DownShift + <“Scroll chat messages (newer)”
F6Ctrl + F“Toggle Players & Tribute panel”
SpacebarNum Enter“Focus on last event”
Center camera on last notification
Control + E then Left ClickCtrl + P“Notify Ping”
Control + R then Left Click “Attack Ping”
Control + T then Left ClickCtrl + D“Defend Ping”
Game  
F10`“Game Menu”
F11Ctrl + T“Toggle game time display”
Single-Player  
ESC`Pause game
PauseN/A“Pause Simulation”
F8Ctrl + Q“Quick Save”
F9Ctrl + I“Quick Load”

Observer / Replay HUD Hotkeys

HotkeySecondary HotkeyDescription
Control + UU“Toggle cinematic mode”
Control + CP“Toggle free camera”
Control + FL“Toggle fog of war”
Num-“Slower”
=Num+“Faster”
Control + ]Ctrl + .“View next player”
Control + [Ctrl + ,“View previous player”

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