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The mouse is the primary controller for Warcraft: Orcs & Humans: PC Mouse Left Click.png normally selects menu options, units, structures and their command icons when highlighted by the cursor, while PC Mouse Right Click.png normally deselects or cancels.

However, it can still be (extremely) useful to learn keyboard hotkeys, particularly for commanding Units and Structures, although these hotkeys may vary depending on context: for example, after selecting a unit and pressing A you can normally select a target for that unit to attack, but doing so with a Peasant or Peon commands them to build an advanced structure (when possible).

Hotkeys are normally highlighted in text labels, which serves as a quick reminder should you forget them.

Menus[edit]

Key Function
R Replay introduction
Q Quit to DOS

Select Game Type[edit]

Key Function
S Single Player
M Modem Game
Key Function
N Network Game
D Direct-Link Game
C Cancel

Choose Campaign[edit]

Key Function
O Orc Campaign
H Human Campaign
U Custom(ize Your) Game
R Set Race
A Set Army
O Ok
Key Function
M Set Map
F Forest
S Swamp
D Dungeon
R Random
C Cancel

Modem Connection[edit]

Key Function
D Mode
B Baud
M COM
I IRQ
P Phone
O Ok
Key Function
S (Modem) Setup
L Clear
I Init
H Hangup
D Dial
C Cancel

Network Connection[edit]

Key Function
N Node
Key Function
O Ok
C Cancel

Direct-Link Game[edit]

Key Function
B Baud
M COM
I IRQ
Key Function
O Ok
C Cancel

Warcraft[edit]

F10 after starting or loading a game pauses it and opens this menu.

Key Function
S Save Game
1 - 7 Save Game 1-7
O Options
G Game Speed
M Music Vol
S SFX Vol
U Mouse Scroll
K Key Scroll
Key Function
L Load Game
1 - 7 Load Game 1-7
R Restart scenario
C Continue
Q Quit
D DOS
M Menu
C Cancel

After selecting a Save Game, you can type in an 18 character description before pressing Enter (don't, and it's labeled NO NAME): if you change your mind after selection, then press Esc, not C.

Game[edit]

Key(s) Function
F1 Help
Shift F2 - F4 Save map position
F2 - F4 Recall saved map position
F5 Display Mini Map
F6 Display Unit Screen
Key(s) Function
F7 Display Economy Screen
F8 Display Score / Objectives
F10 Menu
F11 Save Game
F12 Load Game

Some Options from the Warcraft menu can also be accessed without opening it and pausing the game.

Key(s) Function
- / + Slower / Faster Game Speed
Ctrl or Alt M Toggle music on or off
Ctrl or Alt S Toggle sound effects (SFX) on or off
Key(s) Function
Ctrl or Alt H Help
Ctrl or Alt Esc Disconnect in multiplayer
Ctrl or Alt X Quit

PC Mouse Left Click.png when the cursor turns into a fat arrow on the edge of the screen, and the map will scroll in that direction.

Key(s) Function
 ↑   ↓  Scroll map
G Show building grids
C Center map on selected unit(s)
Enter Message prompt
Key(s) Function
PC Mouse Right Click.png Center map on cursor
Ctrl + PC Mouse Left Click.png (hold) Drag box to select up to four units for group
Shift + PC Mouse Left Click.png Add or remove selected unit to or from group

Units[edit]

Icon(s) Key Command Icon(s) Key Command
Peasant Peon
Warcraft Icon Move (Human).png M Move Warcraft Icon Move (Orc).png M Move
Warcraft Icon Shield (Human).png S Stop Warcraft Icon Shield (Orc).png S Stop
Warcraft Icon Repair.png R Repair Warcraft Icon Repair.png R Repair
Warcraft Icon Harvest.png H Harvest Lumber/Mine Gold Warcraft Icon Harvest.png H Harvest Lumber/Mine Gold
Warcraft Icon Return.png T Return Goods to Town Hall Warcraft Icon Return.png T Return Goods to Town Hall
Warcraft Icon Cancel.png Esc Cancel Warcraft Icon Cancel.png Esc Cancel
Warcraft Icon Build Basic Structure.png B Build Basic Structure Warcraft Icon Build Basic Structure.png B Build Basic Structure
Warcraft Icon Farm (Human).png F Build Farm Warcraft Icon Farm (Orc).png F Build Farm
Warcraft Icon Barracks (Human).png B Build Barracks Warcraft Icon Barracks (Orc).png B Build Barracks
Warcraft Icon Lumber Mill (Human).png L Build Lumber Mill Warcraft Icon Lumber Mill (Orc).png L Build Lumber Mill
Warcraft Icon Build Advanced Structure.png A Build Advanced Structure Warcraft Icon Build Advanced Structure.png A Build Advanced Structure
Warcraft Icon Church.png U Build Church Warcraft Icon Temple.png E Build Temple
Warcraft Icon Blacksmith (Human).png B Build Blacksmith Warcraft Icon Blacksmith (Orc).png B Build Blacksmith
Warcraft Icon Stables.png S Build Stable(s) Warcraft Icon Kennel.png K Build Kennel
Warcraft Icon Tower (Human).png T Build Tower Warcraft Icon Tower (Orc).png T Build Tower
Warcraft Icon Town Hall (Human).png H Rebuild the Town Hall Warcraft Icon Town Hall (Orc).png H Rebuild the Town Hall
Footman, Knight, Scorpion and Water Elemental Grunt, Raider, Skeleton, Spider and Daemon
Warcraft Icon Move (Human).png M Move Warcraft Icon Move (Orc).png M Move
Warcraft Icon Shield (Human).pngUpgraded Shield Strength (750 Gold)Upgraded Shield Strength (1500 Gold) S Stop Warcraft Icon Shield (Orc).pngUpgraded Shield Strength (750 Gold)Upgraded Shield Strength (1500 Gold) S Stop
Warcraft Icon Sword.pngUpgraded Sword Strength (750 Gold)Upgraded Sword Strength (1500 Gold) A Attack Warcraft Icon Axe.pngUpgraded Axe Strength (750 Gold)Upgraded Axe Strength (1500 Gold) A Attack
Archer Spearman
Warcraft Icon Move (Human).png M Move Warcraft Icon Move (Orc).png M Move
Warcraft Icon Shield (Human).pngUpgraded Shield Strength (750 Gold)Upgraded Shield Strength (1500 Gold) S Stop Warcraft Icon Shield (Orc).pngUpgraded Shield Strength (750 Gold)Upgraded Shield Strength (1500 Gold) S Stop
Warcraft Icon Arrow.pngUpgraded Arrow Strength (750 Gold)Upgraded Arrow Strength (1500 Gold) A Attack Warcraft Icon Spear.pngUpgraded Spear Strength (750 Gold)Upgraded Spear Strength (1500 Gold) A Attack
Cleric Necrolyte
Warcraft Icon Move (Human).png M Move Warcraft Icon Move (Orc).png M Move
Warcraft Icon Shield (Human).png S Stop Warcraft Icon Shield (Orc).png S Stop
Warcraft Icon Attack (Cleric).png A Attack Warcraft Icon Attack (Necrolyte).png A Attack
Warcraft Icon Healing.png H Healing Warcraft Icon Raise Dead.png R Raise Dead
Warcraft Icon Far Seeing.png F Far Seeing Warcraft Icon Dark Vision.png D Dark Vision
Warcraft Icon Invisibility.png I Invisibility Warcraft Icon Unholy Armor.png U Unholy Armor
Catapult
Warcraft Icon Move (Human).png M Move Warcraft Icon Move (Orc).png M Move
Warcraft Icon Shield (Human).png S Stop Warcraft Icon Shield (Orc).png S Stop
Warcraft Icon Sword.png A Attack Warcraft Icon Axe.png A Attack
Conjurer Warlock
Warcraft Icon Move (Human).png M Move Warcraft Icon Move (Orc).png M Move
Warcraft Icon Shield (Human).png S Stop Warcraft Icon Shield (Orc).png S Stop
Warcraft Icon Attack (Conjurer).png A Attack Warcraft Icon Attack (Warlock).png A Attack
Warcraft Icon Scorpion.png O Summon Scorpions Warcraft Icon Spider.png R Summon Spiders
Warcraft Icon Rain of Fire.png R Rain of Fire Warcraft Icon Cloud of Poison.png P Cloud of Poison
Warcraft Icon Water Elemental.png W Summon Water Elemental Warcraft Icon Daemon.png D Summon Daemon

Structures[edit]

Icon(s) Key Command Icon(s) Key Command
Town Hall
Warcraft Icon Peasant.png P Train Peasant Warcraft Icon Peon.png P Train Peon
Warcraft Icon Road (Human).png R Build Road Warcraft Icon Road (Orc).png R Build Road
Warcraft Icon Wall (Human).png W Build Wall Warcraft Icon Wall (Orc).png W Build Wall
Barracks
Warcraft Icon Footman.png F Train Footman Warcraft Icon Grunt.png U Train Grunt
Warcraft Icon Archer.png A Train Archer Warcraft Icon Spearman.png S Train Spearman
Warcraft Icon Knight.png K Train Knight Warcraft Icon Raider.png R Train Raider
Warcraft Icon Catapult (Human).png T Build Catapult Warcraft Icon Catapult (Orc).png T Build Catapult
Lumber Mill
750 Gold1500 Gold U Upgrade Arrow Strength 750 Gold1500 Gold U Upgrade Spear Strength
Church Temple
Warcraft Icon Cleric.png T Train Cleric Warcraft Icon Necrolyte.png T Train Necrolyte
Warcraft Icon Healing.png H Research Healing Warcraft Icon Raise Dead.png R Research Raise Dead
Warcraft Icon Far Seeing.png F Research Far Seeing Warcraft Icon Dark Vision.png D Research Dark Vision
Warcraft Icon Invisibility.png I Research Invisibility Warcraft Icon Unholy Armor.png U Research Unholy Armor
Blacksmith
750 Gold1500 Gold W Upgrade Sword Strength 750 Gold1500 Gold A Upgrade Axe Strength
750 Gold1500 Gold H Upgrade Shield Strength 750 Gold1500 Gold S Upgrade Shield Strength
Stables Kennel
750 Gold1500 Gold B Breed Faster Horses 750 Gold1500 Gold B Breed Faster Wolves
Tower
Warcraft Icon Conjurer.png T Train Conjurer Warcraft Icon Warlock.png T Train Warlock
Warcraft Icon Scorpion.png M Research Minor Summoning Warcraft Icon Spider.png M Research Minor Summoning
Warcraft Icon Rain of Fire.png R Research Rain of Fire Warcraft Icon Cloud of Poison.png P Research Cloud of Poison
Warcraft Icon Water Elemental.png A Research Major Summoning Warcraft Icon Daemon.png A Research Major Summoning