Monday, August 4, 2014

Gimme Some Control: The Sims 4 Build Mode Hotkeys

Here are the hotkeys for build mode functions. Many of them are similar to The Sims 3, so there is continuity for returning players.  There are also images in the UI for all of this, in case you forget something.

[<] and [>]                                 rotate objects including rooms, roof sections, and objects

[M]                                             moves a selected slotted object to the next slot 

[shift]                                         to copy held/selected object on placement                          

[backspace]                               to inventory held/selected object                                                                     
[delete]                                        to delete held/selected object
[CTRL] + [Z]                                to Undo
[CTRL] + [Y]                               to Redo

[E]                                                      Eyedropper Tool
[H]                                                    Hand tool
[K]                                                    Sledgehammer tool
[R]                                                    design tool
[B]                                                    wall tool
[L]                                                    Toggles Day/Night 
[ALT]                                               Allows off Grid placement (except windows)   

[G]                                    toggle grid on and off
[F5]                                   cycles 1/2 and 1/4 tile grid snapping for object placement    

[ALT] (when placing walls)             Flood fill a single wall
[SHIFT]                                            Flood Fill floor and wall paint
[CTRL]+[F]                                     Toggle to 1/4 tile floor paint

With Terrain Catalog Open:
"["                                                     Reduce terrain brush size
"]"                                                     Increase terrain paint brush size
[;]                                                     Move terrain brush softness slider to left                                                                     
[']                                                     Move terrain brush softness slider to the right                                                                     
[CTRL]                                            Toggle Terrain Paint/Eraser

[U]                                         move whole house (yeah....that's right. Pick it up and move it!)                                                              

[V]                                                   toggle video recording
[C]                                                   Capture screen shot

Camera Controls:

[T]                                                   Toggle top down View
[page up]                                         Go to Next Floor Up
[page down]                                    Go to Next floor down
[Home]                                            Walls Up
[End]                                               Walls Down


  1. Wait, so there are terrain paints?

    1. There are terrain paints...some rather nice ones as a matter of fact. What is not included at this point is terrain tools, such as the ability to raise or lower the terrain or add ponds.

  2. ago - [E] Eyedropper Tool. [H] Hand tool. [K] Sledgehammer tool. [R] design tool. [B] wall tool. [L] Toggles Day/Night. [ALT] Allows off Grid placement ...


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