Keyboard Shortcuts ~ Axis and Allies RTS ~ Micro Management
While most in-game tasks can be performed with the mouse alone, many of these tasks can be accomplished faster, and more efficiently, with the use of keyboard shortcuts. We have simplified the keyboard below by removing the keys that have no unique functions within A&A, and grouping the keys by color to give you a better idea of the layout. Mouseover the keys for more information
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Cycle thru Buildings, Regiments, and Options
Use these keys to cycle thru various Buildings, Regiments, Game Events, and Options
Cycle Detached Regiments
- If a HQ is destroyed that had regiments attached to it, these regiments will be detached. Hit
to cycle thru the detached regiments and hit
to attach them (requires another HQ of the same type with available space).
Cycle Idle Engineers and Trucks
- Every time you have either idle engineers or trucks the truck icon will appear at the bottom left of the gameplay screen. You can click this icon to jump to the idle engineer/truck, or hit
to cycle thru them.
Cycles thru options on any selected item (Shift-TAB for reverse) If nothing is selected it will cycle thru all of your Headquarters. Handy early game when you only have a few infantry and/or airborne tents
Cycles thru events in the message log, and jumps to their location, starting at the most recent event.
These keys do nothing by themselves, but can be held down to modify other keys and mouse clicks
Control is a modifier key, which does nothing by itself, but can be held down to modify other keys and mouse clicks. Common uses:
Control + (0 - 9) - Tag a regiment/structure as a Custom Hotkey
Control + Right Click - Issue chain commands (same as shift key)
Control + (A - Z) - Chatting and Game Titles - Lobby Chat Icons
ALT is a modifier key, which does nothing by itself, but can be held down to modify other keys and mouse clicks. Common uses:
Hold Down ALT + Right Click - Order regiment(s) to run/retreat
Control + ALT + M - Collapse the A&A Toolbars (screenshot mode)
Shift is a modifier key, which does nothing by itself, but can be held down to modify other keys and mouse clicks. Common use:
Hold Down Shift + Right Click - With a regiment or truck selected, hold down shift while right-clicking a series of locations. The selected regiment/truck will move to those points in order.
Use these keys to hotkey your favorite buildings and regiments, Control + (0-9) to tag a regiment/building, and (0-9) to select it once it is tagged.
Game Menus and Actions
Used for pulling up in-game menus that display game information, and performing actions such as pause, screenshots, connection info, resigning, game speed, and more.
Escape Pulls up Game Status and Connection Info, and gives access to several important game settings and functions:
Options - will access Audio, Video, and Basic Game settings. Resign - when your team has lost make sure to vote to resign. Connection Status - vote to kick troublemakers from the game ESC
Can also be used to cancel various in-game tasks and menu options.
- Not really used in online play
- Will show the technologies that you have researched.
Open Message Log
- Opens the Message Log to view events and chatting that have occured recently.
- Will show a list of allies and enemies connected to the game. Handy if you cannot remember if the guy who dropped is on your team.
Decreases the Game Speed (host only)
Equal / Plus
Increases the Game Speed (host only)
Take a Screenshot - Screenshots are automatically saved in your A&A documents folder, usually:
Pause/Un-Pause the game, or if the game has been paused by another player, votes to unpause the game.
Detach / Disband (Delete)
- to detach a regiment, select it and hit
, to disband it hit
Also used for the sell action, which will sell a selected building and/or structure in exchange for money.
Text and Buddy Chat
Primarily used for various text chatting options, hit enter once to open text chat and again to send. Enter can also be used to confirm various in game activities.
Enter has two main fuctions in online play. The primary use is to open the text chat dialog, and hit a second time to send the message. Enter is also used to confirm certain actions, if confimation dialogs have been turned on in your game settings.
Open Buddy Chat - Buddy chat will only open if you have chat selected, by hitting Enter first, then F7. Now you can chat to anyone on your buddy list that is connected to Gamespy
The arrow keys can be used for scrolling the map in a desired direction, as well as navigating text boxes (chat)
Used to scroll the view of the gameplay area to the Left, also used to navigate inside of text boxes (chat)
Used to scroll the view of the gameplay area to the Right, also used to navigate inside of text boxes (chat)
Used to scroll the view of the gameplay area Up, also used to navigate thru previously typed messages (chat)
Used to scroll the view of the gameplay area Down, also used to navigate thru previously typed messages (chat)
So now you know your keyboard shortcuts... Better make sure to also learn the basics of using your mouse in Axis and Allies RTS, in our
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