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Keyboard controls are shortcuts to various game functions via keyboard keys. This article lists the default hotkeys:

Key(s) Functionality
Space bar Play / Pause
Plus key Speeds up time
Minus key Slows down time
F1 Opens main interface
1 Court
2 Government
3 Diplomacy
4 Economy
5 Trade
6 Technology
7 Ideas
8 Missions
9 Stability and Expansion
0 Religion
, Military
. Subjects
' Estates
Q W E R T Y U I O P Primary mapmodes
CTRL + 1, 2, 3 till 0 Recall unit control groups with 1, 2, 3 till 0
a Attach or detach units to transport / Detach damaged ships
s Split army in half
d Detach siege/blockade
f Find province
g Merge units
j Goto siege view / Unit Location Focus
k Consolidate regiments
m Forced March / Toggle foreign transport
n Detach mercenaries or obsolete ships
z Detach infantry/heavy ships
x Detach cavalry/light ships
b Detach artillery/galleys
c Detach transports
v Build units
v (when selecting more than one unit) Deselect 1 unit
l Ledger
F1 F3 F4 F5 F6 Cycle the Ledger sections
Arrow keys Navigate the Ledger
F10 Screenshots mapmode
F11 Normal screenshot
F12 Steam screenshot
Shift+2, §, ~, or ALT+21 Open console
TAB Open Multiplayer chat window
ESCape Close current window
Enter Accepts some dialog windows
b Open macro builder
1 Land units
2 Naval units
3 Make core
4 Send Missionary
5 Local autonomy
6 Change culture
7 Buildings
8 Development
9 Estates
0 Diplomacy

Mouse controls tips[edit]

  • Right click on a province to go directly to diplomacy view
  • When at war, right click on the war emblem (bottom right shield symbol) to go directly to peace negotiation interface with the war leader (if there is a free diplomat)
  • Drag to select army
  • CTRL + drag to select ships over army
  • SHIFT + drag to add to selection
  • Right click on a troop type in the reorganize army menu transfers half of the troops to the other army