This article has also been viewed 21,521 times. Assign military units to a group number. The jump to building hot key is the same as the build hot key. Heavens Reference Pages Age of Empires Keyboard Shortcuts These are the basic shortcuts. Note: I do not explain control groups in this guide, or the abilities hotkeys in The Asian Dynasties. It will give you a boost when you need it, I. I use one of the extra buttons on my mouse for the explorer, so I don't have to move my hand at all to find him.
You can construct buildings by first left-clicking a villager to select them, pressing B to issue the Build command, and then pressing the hotkey that corresponds to the building you want the villager to construct. Select the units you want and then press Ctrl + 1-9 to assign them to a group number from 1 through to 9. I recommend placing this hotkey close to where your hands rest. For this reason they are spread all around the keyboard and are hard to manage while playing. This is because it's easier for me to reach up for a key than it is to reach down! You can use the above approach, setting the dances you use the most to accessible hotkeys. The most complicated building you'll encounter is the barracks under this system, where many European civs share the same units, which are displayed in different places. This allows you to take more time in making decisions or to speed up your way to victory when you have the upper hand over your rivals.
To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. Pressing this hot key subsequent times will select your next Town Center and will keep cycling through all existing Town Centers. Custom keys Custom keys are hotkeys that you set for yourself, for your personal preferences. Once you master a hotkey system, your mouse should be almost entirely freed up to control your units and move around the map. The Town Center is selected by the letter H but to build one is B+N. You can use various key combinations to select various buildings in AoE1.
See below for common combinations. Simply hold down the Control Ctrl key and then tap the hotkey for the building as shown below, z for dock you want to find. You want to use this for buildings and units we'll get to that part later from different civs that fill similar roles. For this reason, I suggest when you pick a civilization to play with, you set up the hotkeys specifically for that civ. I've also included the basic custom hotkey set-up that I use, which is designed more systematically than the default set-up and allows you to play very efficiently.
If you go to your Aoe2 folder, the hotkey file in that folder is the one that is used when no mod is selected. Works for all buildings but the Town Center. Select multiple units by dragging a selection box around them or shift-clicking individual units in turn. For example, you must have different hotkeys for Hussars, Uhlans, and Cossacks. This guide is broken into different sections, based on where things are in the hotkey editor.
Pressing Ctrl + the hotkey the first time will select the building, while pressing the combination additional times will cycle through all buildings of that type. Follow this with the letter of the bulding you want, e. Cycle through selected units and buildings. This also applies to buildings. If you still want it you have to change the default editor by changing the xml version and then convert it with aoe3ed to an xmb version. Do you help noobs on the zone? Cycle through selected units and buildings.
There is only the villagers exception whose key is E — but it could be another key like R, T or C. If you use Outlaws units, you might want to assign them their own row on the keyboard for easy memorization. Looking for the other games in the series? I use the ' key left of number 1, not sure if all keyboards are the same to the explorer, just because its near the numbers that I use as groups for units numbers 1-5 to units, generally 1 ranged inf, 2 cav, 3 anti cav, 4 and 5 for special stuff that needs atention. Where Q stands for the first unit that appears, W, the 2nd, and so on. Description: The Improvement Mod touches on every aspect of the incredible game that is Age of Empires 3 and its expansions, improving and tweaking every feature the game has to offer while also adding many new features and content such as new units, buildings, maps, civilizations, soundtracks and game modes. An Explorer is the leader of the colony in AoE3 not available in other Age of Empires versions.
With training, you need no longer spend a minute searching for your base but instead just press the number and train whatever you want using the hotkeys of the unit. With the units you want selected, press Ctrl + 1-9 to assign them to a group number from 1 through to 9. With the units you want selected, press Ctrl + 1-9 to assign them to a group number from 1 through to 9. Special note — the Town Center and Storage Pit are special cases. Why should I memorize the hotkeys? This is the one hotkey I will give a specific recommendation for: always use your space bar. It's huge and you can hit it easily no matter where your other hotkeys are set up. Assign army units to a group number.