Age of Empires 4 Keyboard Hotkeys Guide

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 Unit Select a unit.
Double Left Click a Unit Select all visible units of same type.
Shift and Left Click a Unit Add/Remove unit from selection.
Left Click Ground and Drag Mouse Bandbox select groups of units.
Left Click Ground Confirm building or ability placement.
Shift and Left Click Ground Queue building or ability placement.
Right Click Ground or Unit Issue contextual order to selected unit.
Right Click Ground and Drag Mouse Issue facing move order.
ESC Cancel, deselect unit, game menu, or skip NIS. Not user remappable.


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


ALT and Move Mouse Rotate camera.
[ Rotate camera 45 degrees counter-clockwise.
] Rotate camera 45 degrees clockwise.
Backspace Reset camera. 1st press resets camera rotation, 2nd press resets zoom.
F5 Focus on selected unit.
Home Follow selected unit.
< Pan camera left.
> Pan camera right.
Up Arrow Pan camera up.
Down Arrow Pan camera down.

Unit Management

Tab Cycle through selected units.
Ctrl + Tab Cycle through selected units.
0 – 9 Select Control Group X.
Control and 0 – 9 Set Control Group X to selected unit.
Shift and 0 – 9 Add Group to Selection.
F1 Select all Military Production Buildings.
F2 Select all Economy Buildings.
F3 Select all Research Buildings.
F4 Select all Landmarks, Wonders, and Capital Town Centers.
F5 Focus on selected Unit.
H Cycle through Town Centers.
Control + H Focus 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 + V Select all Villagers.
Control + Shift + R Return all Villagers to work.
, Cycle through idle Military Units.
Ctrl + , Select all idle Military Units.
Control + Shift + C Select all Military Units.
Ctrl + F Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Food.
Ctrl + W Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Wood.
Ctrl + G Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Gold.
Ctrl + S Cycle through groups of villagers gathering Stone.
Shift and Unit Production Hotkey Queue production of 5 units of that type.
Hold Delete with Unit Selected Delete unit or building.
Insert Toggle Team-based or Unique player colors.


Shift + Enter Global chat.
Enter Team chat.
Enter with Chat Open Send chat message.
Tab with Chat Open Swap between Global and Team.
Page Up Scroll chat messages.
Page Down Scroll chat messages.
F6 Toggle Players & Tribute panel.
Spacebar Focus on last event.
Control + E Notify Ping.
Control + R Attack Ping.
Control + T Defend Ping.


F10 Game Menu.
F11 Toggle game time display.


Pause Pause Simulation.
Esc Pause game.
F8 Quick Save.
F9 Quick Load.

Observer HUD

Control + U Toggle cinematic mode.
Control + C Toggle free camera.
Control + F Toggle fog of war.
= Faster.
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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