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Age of Empires 4 Keyboard Hotkeys Guide


APS has always been king in games like Age of Empires. And nothing helps more in maintaining a high APS than knowing about all the different hotkeys to perform a variety of functions like building, going to town center, etc. In this guide, we have provided a complete list of all the hotkeys that are needed to perform different functions in Age of Empires 4.

Age of Empires 4 Keyboard Hotkeys

Below, we have provided a complete list of all the keyboard hotkeys alongside their effects:

General Purpose

Left Click a UnitSelect a unit.
Double Left Click a UnitSelect all visible units of same type.
Shift and Left Click a UnitAdd/Remove unit from selection.
Left Click Ground and Drag MouseBandbox select groups of units.
Left Click GroundConfirm building or ability placement.
Shift and Left Click GroundQueue building or ability placement.
Right Click Ground or UnitIssue contextual order to selected unit.
Right Click Ground and Drag MouseIssue facing move order.
ESCCancel, deselect unit, game menu, or skip NIS. Not user remappable.


Control + ASelect all units on screen.
Control + Shift + A[Shift]: Select all units” – Appears as shift message on Control-A binding.
Y with a Unit SelectedAccess secondary UI panel.


ALT and Move MouseRotate camera.
[Rotate camera 45 degrees counter-clockwise.
]Rotate camera 45 degrees clockwise.
BackspaceReset camera. 1st press resets camera rotation, 2nd press resets zoom.
F5Focus on selected unit.
HomeFollow selected unit.
<Pan camera left.
>Pan camera right.
Up ArrowPan camera up.
Down ArrowPan camera down.

Unit Management

TabCycle through selected units.
Ctrl + TabCycle through selected units.
0 – 9Select Control Group X.
Control and 0 – 9Set Control Group X to selected unit.
Shift and 0 – 9Add Group to Selection.
F1Select all Military Production Buildings.
F2Select all Economy Buildings.
F3Select all Research Buildings.
F4Select all Landmarks, Wonders, and Capital Town Centers.
F5Focus on selected Unit.
HCycle through Town Centers.
Control + HFocus on Capital Town Center.
Cycle through individual Monk Units.
/Cycle through individual Scout Units.
.Cycle through Idle Economy.
Control + .Select all idle Villagers.
Control + Shift + VSelect all Villagers.
Control + Shift + RReturn all Villagers to work.
,Cycle through idle Military Units.
Ctrl + ,Select all idle Military Units.
Control + Shift + CSelect all Military Units.
Ctrl + FCycle through groups of villagers gathering Food.
Ctrl + WCycle through groups of villagers gathering Wood.
Ctrl + GCycle through groups of villagers gathering Gold.
Ctrl + SCycle through groups of villagers gathering Stone.
Shift and Unit Production HotkeyQueue production of 5 units of that type.
Hold Delete with Unit SelectedDelete unit or building.
InsertToggle Team-based or Unique player colors.


Shift + EnterGlobal chat.
EnterTeam chat.
Enter with Chat OpenSend chat message.
Tab with Chat OpenSwap between Global and Team.
Page UpScroll chat messages.
Page DownScroll chat messages.
F6Toggle Players & Tribute panel.
SpacebarFocus on last event.
Control + ENotify Ping.
Control + RAttack Ping.
Control + TDefend Ping.


F10Game Menu.
F11Toggle game time display.


PausePause Simulation.
EscPause game.
F8Quick Save.
F9Quick Load.

Observer HUD

Control + UToggle cinematic mode.
Control + CToggle free camera.
Control + FToggle fog of war.
Control + ]View next player.
Control + [View previous player.

This is all we have got in Age of Empires 4 Hotkeys guide. For more help on the game, be sure to check out our detailed Age of Empires 4 wiki page.

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