Manual

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Hotkeys

This is a listing of hotkeys and mouse actions in-game, based on v0.3.x. For detailed gameplay instructions, see the v0.3 Quick Play Guide.

General

  • Return, Keypad Enter = Start typing or send currently typed chat message
  • Return + CTRL, Keypad Enter + CTRL = End the turn

Screens & Windows

  • Escape = Close Menu if open, otherwise, close Research screen, Production screen or SitRep, returning to map.
  • F2 = Show or switch to the SitRep, or close SitRep if already open
  • F3 = Show or switch to the Research screen, or close Research screen if already open
  • F4 = Show or switch to the Production screen, or close Production screen if already open
  • F5 = Show or switch to the Ship Design screen, or close Design screen if already open
  • F10 = Open or close the Menu

Galaxy Map

  • e, Keypad Plus = Zoom in Galaxy Map
  • r, Keypad Minus = Zoom out Galaxy Map

System Sidepanel

  • d = Centre Galaxy Map on home system and open System Sidepanel to home system
  • x = Centre Galaxy Map on previous system owned by player's empire, and open System Sidepanel to that system
  • c = Centre Galaxy Map on next system owned by player's empire, and open System Sidepanel to that system
  • s = Close System Sidepanel, if open

Fleets

  • f = Centre Galaxy Map on previous idle fleet owned by the player, and open Fleets Window with that fleet selected
  • g = Centre Galaxy Map on next idle fleet owned by the player, and open Fleets Window with that fleet selected
  • v = Centre Galaxy Map on previous fleet owned by the player, and open Fleets Window with that fleet selected
  • b = Centre Galaxy Map on next fleet owned by the player, and open Fleets Window with that fleet selected

Performance

If FreeOrion consumes a lot of CPU time when playing a game, you may want to turn off some of the eye-candy in the UI.

From the main menu, select Options, and choose the UI tab. At the bottom there is a Galaxy Map section. Turning off Galaxy map gas rendering and Galaxy map starfield rendering may significantly improve performance and reduce CPU use. Trying both options for Optimized system rendering may also help, particularly when zoomed out to view the whole galaxy.

An approximate (inaccurate) frame rate indicator may be turned on on the Options Video tab, at the bottom. Show FPS will toggle on and off an indicator at the top left of the screen when playing a game (but not on the intro splash screen). The Limit FPS option is inaccurate, but setting a low FPS limit can reduce CPU use as well.

Playing smaller galaxies and using fewer AI opponents may also help performance.