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Age of Empires 4 Shortcuts & Hotkeys List

Age of Empires 4 is a real-time strategy game pivoting it’s focus on historical accuracy, asymmetrical warfare, and deep strategy. It has been the long awaited sequel many that many have been waiting for. The first instalment of  the Age of Empires franchise covered human history from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, while the second instalment centered more on the Middle Ages. The third instalment launched roughly 15 years ago, shifted the focus to the colonization of the Americas. Age of Empires 4 is the fourth installment that that hopes to bring players back to the Medieval period (the same period as AOE2).

Age of Empires 4 brings Four different campaigns where each has a deep historical background:

  1. The Normans
  2. The Hundred Years War
  3. The Mongol Empire.
  4. The Rise of Moscow

Age of empires 4 Cover
Age of empires 4

The game also Features 8 civilizations:

  1. The Dynasty of the Abbasids
  2. The Rus
  3. The Chinese
  4. The Delhi Sultanate
  5. The English
  6. The Holy Roman Empire
  7. The Mongols
  8. The French
AOE4 Mongols
AOE4 Mongols
AOE4 Delhi Sultanate
AOE4 Delhi Sultanate

About the game:

When playing the games, micro- and macro-management of workers and military units from ancient cultures is necessary. While doing so, you must start with a small population, acquire resources, advance through the ages, resist invasions, and strategize your assaults. Skirmishes, campaigns, and online warfare may be played solo or with friends.

Knowing the Hotkeys will undoubtedly aid in effective response to different scenarios while progressing in the game, since managing time and resources is a vital component in the game. Therefore, here are all the Hotkeys in Age of Empires 4:

Observer/Replay HUD Hotkeys

Hotkey Secondary Hotkey Description
Control + [ Ctrl + , “View previous player”
Control + U U “Toggle cinematic mode”
Control + F L “Toggle fog of war”
Control + C P “Toggle free camera”
Control + ] Ctrl + . “View next player”
= Num+ “Faster”
Num- “Slower”

MOUSE

Hotkey Default Secondary Hotkey Hotkey Action Description
Shift and [ left click ] ground N/A Queue building or ability placement
Shift and [ left click ] a unit N/A Add/Remove unit from selection
Right Click ground or unit with unit(s) selected N/A Issue contextual order to selected unit(s) (ie. Move, Attack, etc)
Right Click ground and drag mouse with unit(s) selected N/A Issue facing move order
Left Click ground and drag mouse N/A Bandbox select groups of units
Left Click ground N/A Confirm building or ability placement
Left Click a unit N/A Select unit
ESC N/A Cancel / deselect unit / game menu / skip NIS. Not user remappable.
Double Left Click a unit Control and [ Left Click ] a unit Select all visible units of same type

CONTROLS

Hotkey Default Secondary Hotkey Hotkey Action Description
Y with a unit selected Ctrl + Y Access secondary UI panel
Control + Shift + A Ctrl + Shift + K “[Shift]: Select all units” – Appears as shift message on Control-A binding
Control + A Ctrl + K “Select all units on screen”

CAMERA

Hotkey Default Secondary Hotkey Hotkey Action Description
ALT and move mouse Caps lock “Rotate camera (hold)”
[ Num 6 “Rotate camera 45 degrees counter-clockwise”
] Num 4 “Rotate camera 45 degrees clockwise”
Backspace Num 0 “Reset camera” – 1st press resets camera rotation, 2nd press resets zoom
F5 N/A “Focus on selected unit(s)”
Home N/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

Hotkey Default Secondary Hotkey Hotkey Action Description
Tab Right 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 + Tab Left 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 ;(
0-9 Num [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
Note: 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
F1 M “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)
F2 K “Select all Economy Buildings” as above
F3 O “Select all Research Buildings” as above
F4 P “Select all Landmarks, Wonders, and Capital Town Centers”
F5 J Focus on Selected Unit(s)
H L “Cycle through Town Centers”
Control + H CTRL + 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 + V Up arrow “Select all Villagers”
Pick all Villagers (FindAndCyclePickType)
Control + Shift + R Page 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 + C CTRL + M “Select all Military units”
Control + F CTRL + V “Cycle through Villagers gathering Food”
Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Food
Control + W CTRL + B “Cycle through Villagers gathering Wood”
Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Wood
Control + G CTRL + J “Cycle through Villagers gathering Gold”
Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Gold
Control + S CTRL + K “Cycle through Villagers gathering Stone”
Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Stone
Shift and [ unit production hotkey ] or click button N/A Queue production of 5 units of that type
Delete (hold) with unit selected CTRL + = Delete unit or building
Insert CTRL + – “Toggle Team-based or Unique player colors”

COMMUNICATION

Hotkey Default Secondary Hotkey Hotkey Action Description
Control + E then Left Click Ctrl + P “Notify Ping”
Control + R then Left Click “Attack Ping”
Control + T then Left Click Ctrl + D “Defend Ping”
Enter / [Team] Team chat
Enter with chat open N/A Send chat message
F6 Ctrl + F “Toggle Players & Tribute panel”
Page Down Shift + < “Scroll chat messages (newer)”
Page Up Shift + > “Scroll chat messages (older)”
Shift + Enter \ “[All] Global chat”
Spacebar Num Enter “Focus on last event” Center camera on last notification
Tab with chat open N/A Swap between [All] Global and [Team] Team chat

GAME

Hotkey Default Secondary Hotkey Hotkey Action Description
F10 ` “Game Menu”
F11 Ctrl + T “Toggle game time display”

SINGLE PLAYER

Hotkey Default Secondary Hotkey Hotkey Action Description
Pause N/A “Pause Simulation”
F9 Ctrl + I “Quick Load”
F8 Ctrl + Q “Quick Save”
ESC ` Pause game
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