The Sims 4 Keyboard Shortcuts

Game Controls & List of Hotkeys to Help you Play

The Sims 4 features plenty of keyboard shortcuts to help you do things more efficiently. Remembering them all can be difficult for new players, so this list of the game controls should help you to play more efficiently and maybe do some things you didn't know you could do. You can bookmark this page with Control + D.

Camera Controls

Change Camera Type
Note on the controls below: These assume you are using the Sims 3 style Camera. You can change to this camera type by using Control + Shift + Tab or pressing Esc > Game Options > Controls and Camera > Sims 3 Camera. This is easier for Sims veterans as it is the same as The Sims 3. It's MUCH easier to change the angle of the view and rotate the screen. I also suggest you make sure edge scrolling is on, as it's easier to move about the neighborhood, but that is a personal preference. You can still move around by holding right click.

Taking Screenshots and Making Videos of Sims 4
'C' and 'V' will take a Screenshot or record a Video, respectively. These are stored in Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Screenshots and The Sims 4/Recorded Videos. You can record video and take screenshots while in build mode to show off your skills!

Camera Controls for Playing in Live Mode or Build Mode

that Sim, if already selected
HotkeyWhat it Does
HomeWalls Up
EndWalls Down
Page UpGo up a floor
Page DownGo down a floor
Hold Right-ClickMove Around the Neighborhood - better than below
W or Up ArrowMove View Up
A or Left ArrowMove View Left
S or Down ArrowMove View Down
D or Right ArrowMove View Right
Shift + EnterCenter on Current Lot
Left-click Sim PicSelect that Sim
Left-click Sim PicMake Camera Go to
Right-Click Sim PicMake Camera follow that Sim
Hold Mouse WheelRotate View or Tilt Camera Up/Down to change angles.
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

Live Mode Hotkeys

HotkeyWhat it Does
EscBrings up main menu or cancels something
Left Click Object or SimInteract with that Object or Sim
Left Click on Selected SimGo Jogging, Change Outfit and other Possibilities
Left Click on GroundOrder Sim to go there if you select Move Here.
EnterFind Active Sim
Space or NSelect the next Sim in the Household
Left Click Sim PortraitSelect that Sim
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
YShow Simology (Traits, Age) you may Click Stats here to see them
OShow Sim's current Need Levels. Clicking a Need Icon Orders the Sim to fill it
MGo to Map Mode
~ (Tilde), 1, 2, 3Pause, Speed 1 (normal), Speed 2, Speed 3. P also Pauses the Sims 4.
Control + Shift + CAccess Cheat Console

First Person Mode Hotkeys

The Sims 4 November 13, 2018 patch introduced a first person mode to the game. Here are the controls for this mode of play. Click Here to Learn More About First Person Mode and see a Video Demonstration.

HotkeyWhat it Does
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

Build Mode Controls
When you destroy buy mode objects in buy/build mode, you will get some of your money back. This applies whether you are using the sledgehammer or the hand tool with delete. Build mode objects/walls/patterns specifically grant a full refund, as they do not depreciate in value like chairs/electronics/etc.

The Design Tool is super useful for making a room's color scheme match up. By pressing 'R' you can select objects that have already been placed and pick one of the available color schemes for that object. This lets you see how it will match other objects in the room.

Objects removed by placing a room on top of them or by other means may be found in your Household Inventory.

HotkeyWhat it Does
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.
Control + ZUndo last action - it remembers multiple actions so long as you don't leave build/buy mode.
GToggles the Grid
Shift (Hold)Hold while placing Buy/Build Mode object to place more of the same object without having to select it again
BackspacePress while holding an object to place it in the Household inventory. Great for storing multiple things quickly.
,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.
Control + Y Redo last action you undid, should you do something on accident or change your mind.
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.

Other Controls - Gallery and Camera
Pressing F4 will open the Gallery, where you can view other players' creations and add them to your neighborhood. There is a lot to this, and we'll eventually make a guide to inserting homes and Sims from the Gallery, but it's pretty easy.

You should also be aware of the camera controls button in the top right corner.

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Juliasays...
If you hold the CTRL and use the up or down arrows, it's just like the tilt camera that was in Sims 3.
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Sarahsays...
You could also just switch to the Sims 3 Camera in the Game Options.
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Sashasays...
You need to switch to the Sims 3 camera settings to be able to do the CTRL/Command + Up/Down keys... But I'm not sure though, I had this problem before, but maybe it's because I'm using a macbook?
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Maddiesays...
thx for all the tips!
Admin: Glad to help :)
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Irisays...
Sleep What about making things bigger or smaller or going back to the sim and staying on them
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Playalotsays...
As in Carl's list; right click your sim to lock the camera on them and you can zoom in and out using z,x or scrolling the mouse wheel. Smile
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Irisays...
Sleep What about making things bigger or smaller or going back to the sim and staying on them
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Sarahsays...
This is a cheat and is explained here on the cheat page. To make things larger, take the object and press Shift + ]. To make things smaller, take the object and press Shift + [. But noted that objects cannot get any smaller than they already are. The object only gets smaller when you are sizing down a object that was already scaled up.
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Jack Sparrow's Cousin's Wifesays...
Actually, it's Alt+ [ or ]. Cool
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Sarahsays...
The 0 key also works for pause.
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Clairesays...
What if you don't have like the F3 and all those can they be changed??
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Sashasays...
I don't think so.. But I think you do have function keys (F1, F2, F3, etc), all keyboards do, perhaps you need to hold the Function button (Fn) then hit the function keys...
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Francsays...
If you're on a Mac, do FN + F3 or whatever key at the same time.
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hsays...
ok so recently my sims 4 has not been working and what I mean by the is that for some reason it wont let me play with the sims and then when I go on to game options and hover over manage worlds it say you can not use this or household management in this mode what does it mean please help me ! x Sad
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Playalotsays...
Sounds like a game bug. I wonder if this is the problem you are facing?

World Map Loading
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Barack Obamasays...
Do you have the downloadable version or disc?
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Oksanasays...
I cant turn picture,its just going up & down,left & right. Also I was using in sims 3 looks from the sky,but here is no option. I just got sims 4 and I can figure this out :( guys help me please!
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Beesays...
Please help! Can't figure out how to rotate the camera.
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Buzzsays...
Smile That okay! If you have a mouse hold down the scroll button and move/turn the mouse in whatever direction you need/want you camera to go in, I had the same problem. Although, another tip is to NOT use the trackpad Laugh I did that, and it sucked. Take it from me. get mouse + mouse pad, you WON'T regret it!!! Hope this helped!!! <3
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Twincicle123says...
is there a way to use a camera/video in CAS?
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Buzzsays...
I believe so. It works for me if you press v BEFORE you go into CAS full edit mode, it should work. Don't quote me on this, although before you second guess, I have already tried and everything you do before, during, and after cas, should be recorded!! Hope this helped!!! <3 Grin
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Playalotsays...
Great tips Buzz Smile
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Buzzsays...
Thank ya Smile you too
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Bekkah45says...
Thanks for the tips! I can use the build mode easier!Laugh
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Michellesays...
You just changed my whole life with that Hold ALT w/ Object command. I had NO IDEA you didn't have to align objects the grid... this means hundreds of more hours designing homes. Thank ya!!! :)
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Lindseysays...
Mad I having much trouble trying to figure out how to edit downstairs..
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Playalotsays...
Perhaps you need to drop the camera down a level? It's a little difficult to help because I'm not sure exactly what the game problem is you are having.
We have a great Building Guide. hopefully this will have the information you need.

Build Mode Tutorial
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Sophiesays...
if I'm looking down at the sims but i don't wanna i wanna look straight at them how do i switch back on the keyboard??HuhSmileGrin
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Playalotsays...
I find using the Sims 3 camera style the easiest for this. Smile
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Mary Bellosays...
It's mentioned earlier Control plus the up down keys (command if you use a Mac)
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Sokhna Amarsays...
I dont know how to make speed builds.
Admin: Well, not sure if I can help you with your building speeds, but we have a great guide on building to help you with your skills!

Building Tutorials
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G123says...
WHERE IS THE GAME TAB??????????
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Playalotsays...
The build/buy mode? Top left hand corner of your game screen.
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Alliesays...
When I press Crtl+shift+C or something like that, it takes a screenshot. How do I make it not do that? Huh
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Playalotsays...
If you are trying to open the cheats console (Control-Shift-C) hold them all down at the same time. Smile

Carl's got a great cheats guide. Cheats Guide
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minecraftsimmersays...
Hello does anyone know how to undo I accidentally deleted my whole floor and everything on it... :(
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kewlcatsays...
all you have to do is press control z Grin
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Playalotsays...
If you are still in build mode and make a mistake, easily done, just hit the back arrow until you have everything restored.
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Kirigasays...
Is there any hot keys to save? It's just annoying to open up the menu to save all the time I forget then the game crashes and I lose stuff so..
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Playalotsays...
Esc brings up the menu and then choose to Save-As from there.
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megzsays...
i cant do camera controlsMad
Admin: Have you tried changing the camera controls to The Sims 3 style? I find that style a lot easier.
Options Menu> Game options> Game Camera and check the "The Sims 3 Camera".
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Sarah Soceasays...
Great game guide. The key controls are essential in the Sims 4, since you can't see your pointer. If there's a way to see it I'd love that, but right now the key controls are helping. Thanks a lot.
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Freyasays...
My c key won't work- I can't take screenshots. Can someone help me?Sad
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Playalotsays...
Have you checked in the screenshot manager? It isn't really that obvious that you have taken a picture if you didn't catch the notification in the top left corner.
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Colesays...
What is they key/command that allows me to view in First Person??
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Barack Obamasays...
You can't view in first person, but the camera on your cellphone makes it as if you were.Sleep
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Barack Obamasays...
OH and I meant Wink I am on my phone
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Laceysays...
I tried to do a cheat and it did not work now when I right click the camera moves very differently and I hate it how do I change it I've tried lots of thing but it don't work !! Please help me ?????!!!!!
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Playalotsays...
It's really tricky to tell what is wrong just from your post but try quitting your game and see if that resets things and then deleting the cache files and see if that helps. If not you could then post your game problem in the forum where we can get more details about what is going wrong for you.
Deleting Cache Files
Technical Help Forum Board
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eloisesays...
This as do useful I needed to know how to video while in build mode Smile


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