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

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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
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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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Amandasays...
Is there keyboard commands that will go through the swatches in create a sim I downloaded a mod but it placed it at the bottom and I can't go through all the swatches :( helpp I really don't wanna download a menu mod Because I like the way my menu looks
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Playalotsays...
Sounds like the mod is broken. Many mods broke in the large patch before Cats and Dogs released. Go back to the mod creators website and check to see if it has been updated. No keyboard short cuts I know for CAS.
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Patchysays...
Hi! I've pressed a certain key of some sort, but I do'nt know wich one. At the moment, my camera will only show my floor anf roof in live mode. I can't see my Sim or any furniture.

Anybody help?
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Playlotsays...
Sounds like you might have hit 'tab'. Just hit it again and your camera view should go back to normal.
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Patchysays...
Just tried. It makes the Hud dissapear.
I can see my Sim when she is outside, but not inside. I can see the furniture that it is the hous through the windows from the outside, but when when I move the camera inside, everything dissapears. Only the floor and the bottom of the walls remain.
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Playlotsays...
Sounds like not a hot key issue.
Quit your game then delete the localthumbcache.package file from your The Sims 4 folder.

Go back into your game and check if all is normal. If not then if you are using mods and cc repeat the steps above.
You could also do a Game Repair (click)
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Laurensays...
You know how you click on the sim you’re currently playing as and different buttons pop up. My friend was over the other day she pressed some keys on the keyboard and buttons I had never seen before came up around the sim, including a button that could make that sim into a plant sim. Does anyone know what she did?
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Playlotsays...
Sounds like you had testingcheats onenabled and you pressed 'shift and click' on your sim, which brings up some extra cheat options.
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Fransays...
Hi! I'm on the seasons EP, and if I press Y on build mode something happens but I don't know what to do with it.
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kinokononomurasays...
and sill no "splits a stack of items" ability SadUnsure
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Playlotsays...
Yeah...Sad I wish the devs would add this feature in.
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Metaohasicsays...
Here’s another hotly for your list.

Hold SHIFT while using FRIEZE or TRIM tools to apply it to a single wall, instead of the whole room. Doing so keeps them from appearing inside the house when using fences as railings or when removing extra flooring around staircases.

Cheers!
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Dissy Calomesays...
SadI press shift and tab and all it does is move the camera can anyone help I'm on windows 10 and a Asus
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MrsFlynnsays...
Pressing Shift-Tab together in Live mode should take you into first person camera mode. To get out of that, press Shift-Tab together again.

If it's not working for you try these tips:

1. Repair Game:
In Origin > Games Library tab: Right-click on Sims 4 and select Repair.

2. Delete Game Cache and localthumbcache.package from the Sims 4 folder, to help with troubleshooting.

Delete Game Cache Files (What and How-To)
http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=29288.msg401662#msg401662

3. Try resetting your Sims 4 folder. Test with a new save and without mods. If still not working don't save.

Sims 4 Factory Reset - (What & Howto)
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New Simmysays...
Something to add for Macbook users stuck without a Home or End Key. I just had to look this one up because I didn't know and I'm a noob that came here to find out to raise and lower walls.

Home = fn + left arrow
End = fn + right arrow
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Josephine A Wolfordsays...
Huh can anyone help me with Sims 4, I'm new with this Sims with no instructions or info. Any ideas of how to rotate the house left to right. I need help
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kittensays...
can anyone show me a button map for a ps4 controller for joytokey so I can use it to play sims 4 on my pc?
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Playalotsays...
I can't sorry as I play on a PC but we have a Console Section (click) on our forum where you might find that info or you can post about it there and get (hopefully) the info you need.
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Alliesays...

Is there a way to use the "+ (numpad)" hotkey without a numpad? I got a new keyboard and it doesnt have a numpad on it.

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Playalotsays...

You maybe have a '+' to the left of your back space at the top right of your keyboard.

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Riley Buterbaughsays...

How do you speed up/ slow down? i didnt see it here, but i did skim

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Playalotsays...

~ (Tilde), 1, 2, 3

Pause, Speed 1 (normal), Speed 2, Speed 3. P also Pauses the Sims 4.

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LadyAofPineapplesays...

zero (0) pauses it too, now!

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Eversplodesays...

How do I rotate objects? I know you can just right click, but ive seen people in videos do something where they can rotate objects more precisely by just moving the mouse. What button do I press to do that?

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Playalotsays...

You can rotate objects while still holding them by using the <and> keys or by the scroll wheel on your mouse or by holding down the Alt key and using the mouse scroll wheel. Holding down the Alt key while rotating an object allows you greater finesse of placement and stops the locking to grid snap.

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Callie Dicksays...

he means moving it like a centimetre at a time I'm wondering to

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LadyAofPineapplesays...

if you manipulate an item while sims 3 camera is enabled, just moving your mouse will free rotate the object. hope this helps!

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Martin Goldingsays...

The sims 3 controls aren't very useful how do I stop the xbox one version from defaulting to them every time I load the game?

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Playalotsays...

I play on a PC so not sure about this but perhaps this link might help? Console Controls. You may need to select preferred camera style each time you load you game.

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Pinmat135says...

Could you add that on mac, fn+right arrow is walls down, fn+left arrow is walls up, fn+up arrow is go up a floor, and fn+down arrow is go down a flooor? Also on mac, Delete while holding an object in build/buy move moves it to the inventory, and to sell it you need to use fn+delete. Also, could you add a note at the top that says that on Mac, the shortcuts that use Control on Windows use Control on Mac too instead of Command, as one might expect. I figured out the first four by playing Sims 3 (they worked there too), and I discovered the last two by experimenting. These all were really hard to figure out, so I'd love to help other Mac players by having this in the guide.

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Robsays...

How do I move my objects up and down? Like to make the levitate?

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Playalotsays...

You need to be using the Sims 3 Camera mode, then hold the item and press alt and use +- keys for up/down

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Callie Dicksays...

to make things go up press 9 to make it go down press 0

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Potatosays...

Thank you! This was a big help! Had no idea there was a shortcut for placing items in household inventory?! Thanks again!!

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Sophsays...

When I click Y it doesn't show me the simology. Instead the camera zooms out. what can I do to prevent that?

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Playalotsays...

Not sure, 'Y' is working as expected for me. Try repairing your game... meantime a mouse click will open your Sims UI

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Isabellasays...

how do you bring up mcc in a game on a keyboard?

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Playalotsays...

No idea sorry, you'll have to go ask the modder who made the mod.

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Jilliansays...

It’s a mod (that super hard to download on a mac RIP me

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Jezisays...

What about putting a selected item into your household inventory while in build mode? Is there a key for that?

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just a simmersays...

Amazing guide man!!

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Jilliansays...

Also if you click 9 it will move the item up one if your in build mode and to move it down click 0.

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Anchysays...

Is there a possibility to toggle between clothing items via keyboard, cause its kinda unpractical for me to click on every single item while Im going through all of them so I can see broken CC ?

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Jamiesays...

I really wish there was a hotkey for pulling down and dismissing the Notification Wall. No matter what input device you use: standard mouse, trackball, trackpad, it's annoying as all get out to have to drag your mouse away from whatever it is you're doing to have to access your notifications. Especially when everything else has a hotkey in the game.

Not at you, Carl. I love you, you're great, keep it up. I'm just screaming at clouds

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someguysays...

i don't know if anyone knows the button for camera lock.. but i found that right clicking the portrait and then moving the mouse out of that area really quickly gives you "true" camera lock in which you can use the mouse. i think the reason is the placement of the sims portrait.. being very close to the edge of the screen (making it think ur unlocking the camera by scrolling down.. ) i dn't know if this makes any sense..

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someguysays...

on a side note while camera lock is on.. you can hold scroll button down to rotate the camera around ur sim.. just don't right click as it makes you drag the camera..



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