Commands 2.0

Control

Give you all the possible insight into the most useful commands inside of BAR. See sections below.

SelectionMovementBattleConstructionBehaviorSpecialsGame
Selection
Group Select
Selects previously set groups or auto-groups.
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Selects previously set groups or auto-groups.
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Selects previously set groups or auto-groups.
Group Units
Add all selected units to Group number
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Add all selected units to Group number
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Add all selected units to Group number
Group Units (Auto)
Set units as auto-group. Newly build units will get assigned automatically
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Set units as auto-group. Newly build units will get assigned automatically
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Set units as auto-group. Newly build units will get assigned automatically
Select
Select or Drag-Select your units
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Left MouseLeft MouseLeft MouseLeft Mouse
Select or Drag-Select your units
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Select or Drag-Select your units

Default select

Left-click on a unit to change your selection to that unit. Selecting a unit will deslect all other units. Left-click anywhere on the map to deselect all units.

Selection Box

Left-click and drag to draw a selection box.
All units within the white border will become your selection. Again, use shift to avoid deselecting your previous selection.

Add to selection

Hold shift to add units to your existing selection, without deselecting what you already have selected.

Remove from selection

Hold control to remove units from your selection, either by clicking or dragging.

Select Commander
Select you Commander
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C
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Select you Commander
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Select you Commander
Select all units
Select every unit on the map.
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A
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Select every unit on the map.
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Select every unit on the map.
Select all units of same kind
Select one or more units and do CTRL+Z to select every same unit on the map
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Z
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Select one or more units and do CTRL+Z to select every same unit on the map
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Select one or more units and do CTRL+Z to select every same unit on the map
Select all units of same kind in view
Double click on a unit to select all units of the same kind that are in your current view
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Left MouseLeft MouseLeft MouseLeft Mouse
Double click on a unit to select all units of the same kind that are in your current view
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Double click on a unit to select all units of the same kind that are in your current view
Select idle Builders
Select next idle builder / construction unit
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B
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Select next idle builder / construction unit
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Select next idle builder / construction unit
Movement
Move
Use right mouse for regular move.
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Right MouseRight MouseRight MouseRight Mouse
Use right mouse for regular move.
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Use right mouse for regular move.
The Move-Order is the most used and probably also the most versatile command.

You can combine move with various keyboard-keys or drag a line or queue up commands while holding down SHIFT very easily.

Move

Simple Right Mouse click. Move (hotkey: M) instructs units to travel to a waypoint. For factories, this sets a waypoint for units it constructs. Right-click on the map to give a move command to your selected units.

Move Line Drag
Draws a line on which al selected units will spread evenly
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Right Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse Drag
Draws a line on which al selected units will spread evenly
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Draws a line on which al selected units will spread evenly

Right Mouse + Drag to "draw" a custom formation. Selected units will be given waypoints evenly spread along the line you drew. See, BAR is for artists too! So-called "custom formations" are the best way to spread out your units.

Move Line Drag is superior because:

A) you can avoid splash damage
B) you can put your units where they can shoot the enemy.

Move in Formation
Keep formation and move as slow as slowest unit in selection
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Right MouseRight MouseRight MouseRight Mouse
Keep formation and move as slow as slowest unit in selection
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Keep formation and move as slow as slowest unit in selection

Move in formation

Ctrl + Right Mouse click wil let your move units in formation. Faster units will move at the speed of the slowest units in the group.

Battle
Attack
Simple Attack of enemy units
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Simple Attack of enemy units
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Simple Attack of enemy units

Normal Attack

When you have selected units that have a weapon, you can Right-Click on any enemy unit to order an attack. The attack command can be given on the map and mini-map. Once the targetted unit is destroyed the command will be removed.

Queue up multiple attacks

While holding down SHIFT you can issue multiple attacks in a row. All units will attack the set target in that order. When not in firing range, units will attack all other units that come into range. The attack command will ignore firing stances "Return Fire" and "Hold Fire".

Attack Area
Define a circle in which to spread attack/fire
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Define a circle in which to spread attack/fire
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Define a circle in which to spread attack/fire

Only for units that have the option to do area attacks.

For specific units only, like artillery and bombers.
Attack Circle
Drag a circle in which to attack all enemies
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Left Mouse DragLeft Mouse DragLeft Mouse DragLeft Mouse Drag
Drag a circle in which to attack all enemies
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Drag a circle in which to attack all enemies
Attack Line
Press A and then drag a line with right mouse for a spread-attack.
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Right Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse Drag
Press A and then drag a line with right mouse for a spread-attack.
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Press A and then drag a line with right mouse for a spread-attack.

Very useful for Bombers and Artillery.

Fight
Attack + Move command. Units will stop moving when they can attack an enemy
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Attack + Move command. Units will stop moving when they can attack an enemy
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Attack + Move command. Units will stop moving when they can attack an enemy
Guard
Guard any unit or building to help fight, repair or construct.
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Guard any unit or building to help fight, repair or construct.
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Guard any unit or building to help fight, repair or construct.

Guard instructs a unit to persistently follow another unit.

When guarding other units, constructors will also repair them. If a constructor is guarding another constructor or a lab, they will also assist with construction.

The default behavior for right-clicking on your units (or an ally's unit) is to instruct the selected units to guard that unit. Note that constructors will instead repair damaged units.

Use this command to restrict Nano Turrets to assisting a high-priority lab/constructor. Note: Guard commands only end when the guarded units are destroyed!

Try to avoid using guard commands in the middle of an order queue.
Patrol
Make a looping patrol route for selected units
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Make a looping patrol route for selected units
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Make a looping patrol route for selected units

Patrol between 2 (or more) points

When you have units in your selection you can press "P" for the Patrol Command. Click with your Left Mouse and your units with patrol between their current and the clicked position.

Patrolling units are in "Fight-mode" and will assault any enemy units in the area or their patrol.

Patrol is also very useful for construction- and resurrect-units. They will repair and reclaim metal and energy along the patrol-route, and only reclaim when resources are low.

TIP: You can set multiple patrolling waypoints while holding down SHIFT when placing the Patrol-commands.

Usually you first will use a Move command to the startposition of the patrol-route. Then, while holding down SHIFT, press "P" and the click all waypoints. Units will repeat this patrol route.

PS. Colors for movement-lines are green for Move, purple for Fight and red for Attack.

Set Target
Set a preferred target to attack, even while moving.
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Set a preferred target to attack, even while moving.
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Set a preferred target to attack, even while moving.
Construction
Build Border
Usefor for walling in units or buildings with one click.
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Alt
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Shift
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Usefor for walling in units or buildings with one click.
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Usefor for walling in units or buildings with one click.
Build Grid
Build a (large) grid of units or structures
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Alt
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Build a (large) grid of units or structures
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Build a (large) grid of units or structures
Build Grid/Line Spacing
Use Z to increase spacing and X to decrease
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Alt
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Z
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X
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Use Z to increase spacing and X to decrease
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Use Z to increase spacing and X to decrease
Build Line
Build a line of units or buildings
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Left Mouse DragLeft Mouse DragLeft Mouse DragLeft Mouse Drag
Build a line of units or buildings
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Build a line of units or buildings
Building Lines can be useful in various situations

Just hold down Shift and drag a line of the building or unit that you want to construct.

Factory Build +100
Add 100 units instead of 1, while clicking a buildorder for factory
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Shift
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Left MouseLeft MouseLeft MouseLeft Mouse
Add 100 units instead of 1, while clicking a buildorder for factory
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Add 100 units instead of 1, while clicking a buildorder for factory
Factory Build +20
Add 20 units instead of 1, while clicking a buildorder for factory
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Left MouseLeft MouseLeft MouseLeft Mouse
Add 20 units instead of 1, while clicking a buildorder for factory
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Add 20 units instead of 1, while clicking a buildorder for factory
Factory Build +5
Add 5 units instead of 1, while clicking a buildorder for factory
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Left MouseLeft MouseLeft MouseLeft Mouse
Add 5 units instead of 1, while clicking a buildorder for factory
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Add 5 units instead of 1, while clicking a buildorder for factory
Insert factory quick buildorder
If you need a unit fast, without disrupting a factory build-queue
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Left MouseLeft MouseLeft MouseLeft Mouse
If you need a unit fast, without disrupting a factory build-queue
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If you need a unit fast, without disrupting a factory build-queue

You can Quick-Insert a build order for a unit in an existing factory build-queue.
This way, you don't need to erase all previously queued units. You can even use this with Factories that are on "Repeat".

Use ALT and left-click on the unit you need.

The factory will produce that unit next, only once, and then will continue with the rest of the queue. Very useful!

Queues
Queue up multiple commands
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Shift
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Queue up multiple commands
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Queue up multiple commands
Queues are very(!) useful

You can make sequences of orders like build, move, repair, guard etc. This is very helpful in planning a base expansion, as well as planning a strategical / tactical attack.

Shift

While holding down shift, issue your commands in your desired sequence. All commands will be executed one by one.

TIP: If you set Repeat ON (green), then the unit will repeat/loop the sequence forever.

Queues Add in Front
Quickly add build-order while keeping current queue in tact
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Space
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Left MouseLeft MouseLeft MouseLeft Mouse
Quickly add build-order while keeping current queue in tact
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Quickly add build-order while keeping current queue in tact

If a construction unit has a (long) queue setup, but you need to quickly build an Anti-Air defense for example.

Use ''Space'' and issue the priority build order

This will build this order 'in front of the original queue'.

The construction unit wil immediately go to the new build-order, construct the AA defense, and it will keep the initial queue in it's memory. After completion, it will go back to it's initial build-queue.

Quick Build shortcuts
Multi-press shortcut keys for commonly used buildings.
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Multi-press shortcut keys for commonly used buildings.
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Multi-press shortcut keys for commonly used buildings.

Z, X, C, V - for quick building of most frequently used structures. Press multiple times to get all the choices (z, zz,zzz, etc). See the infographic above.

Reclaim
Reclaim metal or energy from ... well... anything.
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Left MouseLeft MouseLeft MouseLeft Mouse
Reclaim metal or energy from ... well... anything.
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Reclaim metal or energy from ... well... anything.
Reclaim Area
Drag a circle (while hovering over a unit) to reclaim everything within
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Right Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse Drag
Drag a circle (while hovering over a unit) to reclaim everything within
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Drag a circle (while hovering over a unit) to reclaim everything within
Reclaim Area Specific Unit
Drag a circle (while hovering over a unit) to reclaim only this type of unit within
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Right Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse Drag
Drag a circle (while hovering over a unit) to reclaim only this type of unit within
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Drag a circle (while hovering over a unit) to reclaim only this type of unit within
Repair
Repair damaged units or unfinished constructions
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Repair damaged units or unfinished constructions
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Repair damaged units or unfinished constructions
Rotate Buildings
Rotate the buildings you build in 90 degree turns
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Rotate the buildings you build in 90 degree turns
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Rotate the buildings you build in 90 degree turns
Behavior
Cloak
Cloak or Decloak
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Cloak or Decloak
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Cloak or Decloak
On/Off
Turn a unit or building on or off.
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Turn a unit or building on or off.
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Turn a unit or building on or off.
Positioning
Hold Position, Maneuver in/out of it's position or Roam freely in search of things to do
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Hold Position, Maneuver in/out of it's position or Roam freely in search of things to do
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Hold Position, Maneuver in/out of it's position or Roam freely in search of things to do
Repeat
Set a factory to repeat it's buildqueue or a unit to repeat (all of) it's order(s)
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Set a factory to repeat it's buildqueue or a unit to repeat (all of) it's order(s)
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Set a factory to repeat it's buildqueue or a unit to repeat (all of) it's order(s)
Activate Repeat to make units continuously repeat their command or command queue.

This can be pretty handy, for example when you want to patrol without fighting, to stay on the move. This also helps with assist/repair bots, when used in combination with the Fight command » They will keep checking the area for things to do.

Stance
Hold Fire, Fire at Will or only Return Fire when attacked
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Hold Fire, Fire at Will or only Return Fire when attacked
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Hold Fire, Fire at Will or only Return Fire when attacked
There are 3 Stances you can toggle between:
  1. Fire at Will
  2. Hold Fire
  3. Return Fire
Stop
Stop all commands/orders
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Stop all commands/orders
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Stop all commands/orders
Trajectory
Switch between Low and High trajectory fire.
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Switch between Low and High trajectory fire.
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Switch between Low and High trajectory fire.

Low Trajectory

Is the default and usually faster.

High trajectory

Optional setting which does more area damage, but can take longer to reload.

High Trajectory can be useful when terrain or other units/buildings are blocking.
Wait
Pause command to make a unit wait temporarily
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W
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Pause command to make a unit wait temporarily
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Pause command to make a unit wait temporarily

The Wait command is very useful, since you can put factories or any unit on hold, without removing all of it's orders.

You can temporary pause Factories / Construction on hold to free up some resources.
You can also coordinate attacks/movement and let some units hold their positions, only to strike at the exact right time.
Special Abilities
Capture
Commanders | Capture an enemy unit » convert it to your team
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Commanders | Capture an enemy unit » convert it to your team
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Commanders | Capture an enemy unit » convert it to your team
DGUN
Commanders | Energy Cost: 500/shot
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Left MouseLeft MouseLeft MouseLeft Mouse
Commanders | Energy Cost: 500/shot
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Commanders | Energy Cost: 500/shot

The Commander's Disintegrator Gun (DGun) is the ultimate weapon, destroying everything on contact.

Select this special attack with the "D" key, left-click to set a target, and watch your enemies melt in a ball of fire!

The DGun uses a significant amount of energy (500), and takes 1 second to reload.
Resurrect
Rez-bots | Revive fallen units or buildings
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Right MouseRight MouseRight MouseRight Mouse
Rez-bots | Revive fallen units or buildings
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Rez-bots | Revive fallen units or buildings
Resurrect Area
Rez-bots | Revive fallen units or buildings in an area
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Right Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse DragRight Mouse Drag
Rez-bots | Revive fallen units or buildings in an area
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Rez-bots | Revive fallen units or buildings in an area

Have a rez-bot selected, then hover over a resurrectable unit (wreck) and Drag a circle with your Right Mouse button.

All wrecks inside the circle will be resurrected in the most efficient order.

Self Destruct
Initiate self-destruct sequence
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Initiate self-destruct sequence
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Initiate self-destruct sequence
Game
Change Gamespeed
Increase or decrease the game speed
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Increase or decrease the game speed
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Increase or decrease the game speed
Chat
Open Chat. Press Shift+Enter to switch between player and spectator chat.
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ENTER
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Open Chat. Press Shift+Enter to switch between player and spectator chat.
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Open Chat. Press Shift+Enter to switch between player and spectator chat.
Pause Game
Pause the game. Or type /pause in gamechat.
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Pause | Break
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Pause the game. Or type /pause in gamechat.
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Pause the game. Or type /pause in gamechat.
Switch to Map Overview
Switch between 3D cam and Map overview
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TAB
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Switch between 3D cam and Map overview
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Switch between 3D cam and Map overview
Show Map Elevation
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F1
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Show Unit Pathing
Select Unit and press F2 to show pathing. Purple color = not traversable.
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Select Unit and press F2 to show pathing. Purple color = not traversable.
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Select Unit and press F2 to show pathing. Purple color = not traversable.
Go to last Ping
Go to last send Ping or notification.
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F3
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Go to last send Ping or notification.
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Go to last send Ping or notification.
Show Map Metal
Highlight Metal Spots on the map
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F4
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Highlight Metal Spots on the map
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Highlight Metal Spots on the map
Show / Hide UI
Toggle the UI and "on top"-Unit icons
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F5
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Toggle the UI and "on top"-Unit icons
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Toggle the UI and "on top"-Unit icons
Mute Sound
Mute / Enable Sounds
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F6
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Mute / Enable Sounds
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Mute / Enable Sounds
Options Menu
Open Options menu
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F10
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Open Options menu
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Open Options menu
Widgets Menu
Show Widgets Menu. Green = On, Yellow = Auto, Red = Off.
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F11
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Show Widgets Menu. Green = On, Yellow = Auto, Red = Off.
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Show Widgets Menu. Green = On, Yellow = Auto, Red = Off.
Take Screenshot
Make a screenshot. Found in install-dir/data/screenshots/
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F12
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Make a screenshot. Found in install-dir/data/screenshots/
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Make a screenshot. Found in install-dir/data/screenshots/
Camera | Overhead
Switch to fixed Top-down camera mode
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F2
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Switch to fixed Top-down camera mode
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Switch to fixed Top-down camera mode
Camera | Spring
Switch to (rotatable) Top-down camera mode
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F3
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Switch to (rotatable) Top-down camera mode
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Switch to (rotatable) Top-down camera mode

You can rotate the camera while in "Middle-Click-Pan-Toggle" mode, when holding ALT + Mouse movement.