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Sims 4 Camera Controls | Keyboard Shortcuts & Hotkeys (Guide) 2024

Sims 4 Camera Controls
Camera Controls

If you are new to Sims 4 and have a hard time figuring out how to switch between cameras, get past that wall or do something as simple as zooming out without putting in many efforts, then take notes! Because we have a list of the Sims 4 controls to make everything super easy for you. Let us begin with the sims 4 camera controls

Sims 4 camera controls

Here are some camera controls,

  • Switch between camera types: Use CTRL + Shift + Tab or press Esc > Game Options > Controls & Camera > Sims 3 Camera. You can also turn edge scrolling on as this will make moving around in the game way too easier; otherwise, you can still hold right-click button and travel.
  • Screenshots and videos: C and V will take ss and record videos of your characters, respectively.
  • Pitch/tilt: Hold down the middle scroll button of your mouse. If your mouse doesn’t have such a button, hold down the control key while scrolling or utilize the directional arrow to tilt the angle.
Sims 4 Camera Controls
Sims 4 Camera Controls

Live mode and build mode shortcuts

  • Move left/right: Arrow Left/Right or A/D, respectively for changing camera angle
  • Toggle Map Mode: M
  • Move objects Faster: Shift + Camera Movement
  • Forward/back: W/S or Arrow up/Down
  • Zoom in/out: Z/X or +/-
  • Toggle Top-Down View: T
  • Floor Up: Page Up
  • Walls Up: Home
  • Floor Down: Page Down
  • Walls Down camera angle: End
  • Center on current lot: Shift + enter
  • Make cam follow sim: Right-Click Sim Pic

First-person pc controls

  • Enter/Exit First Person V: Shift + tab
  • Switch between the sim you’re controlling in First person camera: Left/Right arrow
  • Interacting with the world: Left mouse key
  • Travel between floors and rooms in first person: Click the other side of doorways or floors and press the right mouse button.
  • Control the user interface: Hold Shift
  • Get the camera back to your sim’s view: CTRL
  • Adjust the First person View: mouse wheel

Live mode sims 4 hotkeys

  • Undo/Redo: Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + V
  • Cancel or the main menu: ESC
  • Lock Camera: Right-Click character portrait
  • Switch to the next character in Household: Space or N
  • Toggle Cheat Window: Ctrl + Shift + C
  • Switch to Specific character: Click character’s portrait
  • Center Camera on an active Sim: Press enter
  • Show aspiration window: Gift< Rewards, and star to alter aspirations
  • Pause Game: P/ ‘/0
  • Regular/Fast/Ultra Speed: 1/2/3
  • Inventory: I
  • Career tab: J
  • Skills list: L
  • Relationship panel: R
  • Simology: Y
  • Current need levels: O
  • Map mode: M

Buy/Build mode hotkeys

Build mode pc controls

Note: Destroying buy mode objects in build mode would render you some money.

This will apply even if you use a sledgehammer or a hand tool. Build mode objects are advantageous because their values don’t depreciate with time, so you end up receiving a full refund. In addition to this, you can utilize the design tool to change the room’s color scheme. By holding ‘R,’ you can choose the already there objects and alter their color scheme. Lastly, things removed can be found in the inventory.

Buying/Building controls

  • Toggle between Live Mode (Normal Gameplay), Buy Mode, Bld. Mode: F1, F2, F3.
  • Switch to Hand tool: H
  • Wall tool: B
  • To delete wall and rooms while in-wall tool: Ctrl
  • While applying Wall/Room tool, this will toggle between the two: Shift
  • Eyedropper: E
  • Sledgehammer: K
  •  Design Tool: R
  • To select different color schemes for your rooms: + (Numpad)
  • Undo last action: Control + Z
  • Toggle the Grid: G
  • To place extras of the related object without selecting again: Shift (Hold)
  • Place an object in inventory: Backspace
  • Rotate thing left: “,”
  • Rotate object right: “.”
  • Place the held object anywhere: Press Alt w/ Object
  • 1/2 to ¼ positioning: F5 toggle
  •  ¼ tile design while laying a floor: Control + F
  • Fill the selected pattern on a wall: Hold Alt and paint simultaneously
  •  Fill the room with the chosen design: Shift + Walls and Floors
  • Make brush size smaller: “[. “
  • Make brush size larger: “].”
  • Makes brush softer: ;
  • Makes brush harder:.’
  • To erase and change terrain back to default: Ctrl
  • Redo: Control + Y
  • Delete/Sell chosen object: Delete
  • Switch to top-down view: T
  • Change lighting: L
  • Relocate the structure on the lot: U

Game Cheats

A cheat console can be found by holding CTRL + SHIFT + C. Then, type in these commands:Help – all available commands list.

  • resetSim {FirstName} {LastName} – Reset the Sim.
  • Fullscreen – Fullscreen on or off.
  • headlineeffects{on/off} – Hide headline effects.
  • Death. toggle – Disables Death
  • FreeRealEstate {on/off} – Get all houses free.
  • Motherlode – 50,000 Simoleons
  • Kaching – 1000 Simoleons
  • Rosebud – 1000 Simoleons
  • Pressing Shift +] – Increase the size of objects

Using Testingcheats {true/false} will allow the use of other cheat codes:

  • Entering “testingcheats true” then “cas. fulleditmode” will allow you all CAS abilities.
  • Interaction cheat: Shift + Clicking

Shift Clicking on Sims

  • Reset Object – Reset Sim
  • Add to Family – Adds the character to your household
  • Cheat Motive > Make Happy – Sets mood to happy
  • Cheat Motive > Enable Motive Decay – Change motives dynamically
  • Cheat Motive > Disable Motive Decay – Motives stay static


On Objects:

  • Reset Object – Restes Object

Dirty-able Objects:

  • Make Dirty – the object is made dirty

Dirty Objects:

  • Make Clean – the object is cleaned


  • Reset Object – Mailbox is rested

The Ground:

  • Teleport Me Here – Teleports the character


  • Modify in CAS – Edit everything except name and traits.

Other sims 4 keybinds: F4 to open your gallery and see your creations.


How do you change the camera angle on Sims 4?

To change the camera angle on Sims 4, use the middle scroll button and if you’re on a trackpad, hold ctrl + A/S/W/D for adjustments.

How do you rotate the camera on Sims 4?

To rotate the camera on Sims4, press the scroll wheel down, and move the mouse to turn it.

How do you rotate the camera on Sims 4 without a mouse?

You can rotate the cam on S4 without a mouse by using a keyboard. So, hold the control button and click & drag to tilt and turn the camera.

How do you tilt the camera up and down on Sims 4 Mac?

To tilt the camera up and down on Sims 4 mac, use the Command + Up/Down arrow.


With this, we conclude our list of Sims 4 controls. Use these shortcuts to play the game with great comfort. And don’t forget to note these shortcuts for future use!

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Shubhi Singh

Shubhi is a philosophy major who is passionate about many things, including gaming and computers. She can be found learning the dynamics of the sims world when she's not writing about it. Her love for this life-simulation game, coupled with her amazing writing skills, helps us understand the game's know-how in the best way possible.

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