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Legend
Cap key
Caption
Shift
Ctrl
Alt
      Object Placement
      Universal Control Panel (UCP)
      Video/Image Capture
      Camera Controls
      Main/Neighborhood toolbar
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1
Normal
speed
@
2
High
speed
#
3
Ultra
speed
$
4
Scroll
to cam
Switch
cam
Save
cam
%
5
Scroll
to cam
Switch
cam
Save
cam
^
6
Scroll
to cam
Switch
cam
Save
cam
&
7
Scroll
to cam
Switch
cam
Save
cam
*
8
Scroll
to cam
Switch
cam
Save
cam
(
9
Scroll
to cam
Switch
cam
Save
cam
)
0
_
-
Zoom out
+
=
Zoom in
Backspace
Tab
Toggle
cameraman
mode
Q
Quit
game
W
Camera
up
Fast
E
Eye-
dropper
R
Design
tool
T
Top-down
view
Y
U
I
O
P
{
[
}
]
¦
\
Caps Lock
A
Camera
left
Fast
S
Camera
down
Fast
D
Camera
right
Fast
F
G
H
Hand
tool
J
K
L
Toggle
day/night
:
;
;
'
Enter
Center on
active Sim
Shift
Z
Zoom in
X
Zoom out
C
Snapshot
V
Video
capture
B
Pause
capture
N
Next
Sim
M
<
,
Rotate
left
>
.
Rotate
right
?
/
Shift
Ctrl
Alt
Space
Select next Sim
Alt
Ctrl
Insert
Delete
Delete
object
Left
Camera
left
Fast
Home
Next wall
mode
End
Prev wall
mode
Up
Camera
up
Fast
Down
Camera
down
Fast
Page Up
Up
floor
Page Dn
Down
floor
Right
Camera
right
Fast
NumLk
7
Home
4
Left
1
End
/
8
Up
5
2
Down
0
Ins
*
9
PgUp
6
Right
3
PgDn
.
Del
-
+
Enter
Esc
Cancel
action
F1
Live
mode /
Families
F2
Buy
mode /
Lots &
houses
F3
Build
mode /
Deco-
rations
F4
Story
mode /
Neighbor-
hood
F5
Options
F6
F7
F8
F9
F10
Hide UCP
F11
F12
SysRq
PrtScr
ScrLk
Break
Pause
Win
Win
Menu

General Controls[edit]

Ctrl + Z / Y Undo, redo
Esc Cancel
Ctrl + Shift + C Toggle cheat window on/off
F10 Hide/Show UI (User Interface)
F1, F2, F3 Live, Buy, Build (Families, Lots & Houses, Decorations in Neighborhood view)
F4 Story mode
F5 Options panel
Q or Alt + F4 Quit or save quit
Ctrl + C / X / V / Z / Y Copy, cut, paste, undo, and redo text fields

Create-a-Sim[edit]

< / > or left-click PC Mouse Left Click.png + drag Sim Rotate Sim
Z / X or + / - or scroll PC Mouse Wheel Up.png / PC Mouse Wheel Down.png Zoom in/out

Build/Buy Mode[edit]

Object Placement Tools
< / > or right-click PC Mouse Right Click.png + drag Rotate object
Delete Delete object
Shift + left-click PC Mouse Left Click.png Continue placing object
[ / ] Move object up or down wall
M Move/shuffle object on shelve(s)
General Tool Controls
Left-click PC Mouse Left Click.png + or drag Use tools, drag to affect area
Ctrl + left-click PC Mouse Left Click.png + or drag Remove walls etc, drag to remove area
H, E, J, R Hand, Eyedropper, Sledgehammer, and Design tools
Build Room Controls
Wall tool: Shift + drag Create room
Wallpaper/flooring tool: Shift + drag Fill room with wallpaper/flooring
Floor tool: < / > Rotate floor tile
Ctrl + F Toggle full/quarter tile mode
View Options
L Toggle Day/Night
G 45 degree view
T Top down View
Terrain Controls
Terrain tool: Shift Invert tool
Grass tool: Ctrl + left-click PC Mouse Left Click.png Remove grass

Movie Making Mode[edit]

Tab Enable movie making mode
V Start/end video capture
B Pause Resume Video Capture
Q / E Lower/raise camera height
Z / X or + / - Adjust focal length
C Take a snapshot

Live Mode[edit]

F1 or left-click PC Mouse Left Click.png Live Mode button Hide/show main panels
Sim/Household Controls
Left-click PC Mouse Left Click.png active Sim Select interactions to perform to active Sim
Left-click PC Mouse Left Click.png another Sim Select interactions done by active Sim to other Sims
Select interaction menu: Tab Navigate between dialog pages (pie menu pages)
Space or N Switch to next Sim in household
Left click PC Mouse Left Click.png Sim portrait or right-click PC Mouse Right Click.png Sim Switch to (specific) Sim
Right click PC Mouse Right Click.png Sim portrait Lock camera to Sim
Enter Center camera on active Sim
Time Controls
P or ~ or Pause Break Pause game
1 / 2 / 3 Regular/fast/ultra speed
House Controls
Page Up / Page Down Next/previous floor
Home / End Next/previous wall mode
Camera Movements
Right-click PC Mouse Right Click.png + drag Move
/ / /
W / A / S / D
Move left/right/forward/back
Shift + / / / Move faster
Z / X or + / - or scroll PC Mouse Wheel Up.png / PC Mouse Wheel Down.png Zoom in/out
Ctrl + ( right-click PC Mouse Right Click.png or middle-click PC Mouse Middle Click.png ) + drag Tilt (rotate)
< / > Rotate left/right
Ctrl + 4 through 9 Save camera position 0 - 5
4 through 9 Restore camera position 0 - 5
Shift + 4 through 9 Snap to camera position 0 - 5
Tab Enable movie making mode