The Sims 3: Keyboard Shortcuts

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Shortcuts making your life easier

The Sims 3 offers a number of useful shortcuts, making your life much easier. When I started playing the Sims I didn’t use them at all – simply for the reason that I didn’t know how to use them. Once that I got used to them, I couldn’t even think about to play the Sims 3 with out using them any more, as each of those keyboard shortcuts makes the gameplay much smoother and nicer. So guys, if you also haven’t used any shortcuts so far, you should definitely have a look at the list below! 🙂

I have collected all shortcuts available and have listed them in the comprehensive overview, which you will find straight below this introduction. There are different shortcuts available depending on whether you are in the Live Mode or in the Buy and Build Mode. Please don’t forget that the shortcuts of the Live Mode do not work in the Buy and Build mode and vice versa. For the case I have missed anything in my overview please just leave me a message, I will be grateful for it!

Keyboard shortcuts overview

Live mode

QQuit game
P or 0Pause game
EnterCenter on active Sim
+ – or Z XZoom in/ Zoom out
WASDMove Forward/Left/Right/Back
, and . (or < and >)Move camera left and right
Ctrl + 5 through Ctrl 9Save camera position
5 through 9Recall camera position
VStart/End video capture
BPause/Resume video capture
CTake snapshot
TabFree camera mode
MGo to Map
F1Go to live mode
F2Go to Buy mode
F3Go to Build mode
F4Go to Story mode
F5Open options
F10Hide control panel
IOpen Skill journal
JOpen Adventure journal
1-2-3-4Game speed: Normal-Fast-Ultra Fast-Ultra fast without stopping
Space or NSwitch to next Sim
Page Up/Page DownMove up one floor/Move down one floor
Home/EndNext/Previous wall mode
Alt + EnterToggle Full-screen/Windowed mode

Buy/Build mode

HHand tool
EEyedropper tool
LDay/Night toggle
TTop down view
KSledgehammer tool
, and . (or < and >)Rotate object
DeleteDelete object
Ctrl + Z/Ctrl + YUndo/Redo
Ctrl + FFull/Quarter tile toggle

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