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A hotkey is a key or set of keys which perform a specific function with regards to time efficiency. In StarCraft, hotkeys are vital as they allow for orders and commands to be delivered quickly, thus allowing for better control, management, and more time.

List of Hotkeys

Universal

  • F10 - Menu
  • Ctrl 0-9 Assigns hotkey to a specific group (ie if you select 12 marines and press ctrl 1, you can tell the twelve to attack by pressing 1, then attack.
  • Ctrl click Crtl click on a unit to select all units of that type visible on the screen (obviously, up to the group maximum of 12). If you ctrl click on one unit in a group of units, all units of that type in that group will be selected.

Note: You can also Ctrl-shift click units too, to get the combined effect of adding all units of that type visible on the screen to your current group.

Menu Hotkeys

  • O - Game options
  • P - Pause
  • E - Exit game
  • G - Resume
  • Q - Quit
  • C - Cancel

Commands

  • A - Attack (and Attack Move)
  • CTRL + RIGHT CLICK - Attack while moving (units must be selected)[Needs to be confirmed]
  • M - Move
  • S - Stop
  • H - Hold
  • P - Patrol
  • G - Gather resource
  • C - Return resource
  • B - Build basic construction
  • V - Build advanced construction
  • O - Unload unit
  • D - Unload all units to a point

StarCraft

General

  • Shift click Queues up moves: ie to get a worker to build then mine, hold down shift, click on the building you want to build, then click on where you want it to go, then click on the mineral field. let go of shift. A unit can hold up to 10 queued moves, when the number of clicks exceed ten appears a message "Unit's waypoint list is full."

Another use of shift click is to remove or add units to the currently selected group. By shift clicking a portrait or the unit itself of the currently selected unit, you remove it from the group. You can add a unit to the current group by shift clicking it.

Unit Production

Protoss

Nexus

  • P - Probe

Gateway

  • D - Dragoon
  • Z - Zealot
  • K - Dark Templar
  • T - High Templar

Robotics Facility

  • S - Shuttle
  • V - Reaver
  • O - Observer

Stargate

  • S - Scout
  • C - Carrier
  • A - Arbiter
  • O - Corsair
Terran

Command Center

  • S - SCV

Barracks

  • M - Marine
  • F - Firebat
  • C - Medic
  • G - Ghost

Factory

  • V - Vulture
  • T - Siege Tank
  • G - Goliath

Starport

  • W - Wraith
  • V - Science Vessel
  • D - Dropship
  • B - Battlecruiser
  • Y - Valkyrie

Nuclear Silo

  • N - Nuclear Launch
Zerg
  • D - Drone
  • Z - Zergling
  • V - Overlord
  • H - Hydralisk
    • L - Morph to Lurker
  • M - Mutalisk
    • G - Guardian Aspect
    • D - Devourer Aspect
  • S - Scourge
  • Q - Queen
  • U - Ultralisk
  • F - Defiler

Building Creation

Terran

Basic

  • U - Bunker
  • C - Command Center
  • S - Supply Depot
  • B - Barracks
  • R - Refinery
  • A - Academy
  • E - Engineering Bay
  • T - Missile Turret

Advanced

  • F - Factory
  • S - Starport
  • A - Armory
  • I - Science Facility

Addons

  • S - Comsat Station (To Command Center)
  • N - Nuclear Silo (To Command Center)
  • C - Machine Shop (To Factory)
  • C - Control Tower (To Starport)
  • P - Physics Lab (To Science Facility)
  • C - Covert Ops (To Science Facility)
Protoss
  • N - Nexus
  • G - Gateway
  • P - Pylon
  • A - Assimilator
  • Y - Cybernetics Core
  • F - Forge
  • C - Cannon
  • B - Shield Battery
  • S - Stargate
  • C - Citadel of Adun
  • T - Templar Archives
  • R - Robotics Facility
  • O - Observatory

Chat commands

The chat box comes up after hitting [Enter].

  • /help Displays usage help for chat topics. Ex: /help whisper
  • /whois [user] Looks up some basic information on a user, including their account number and their current location. This is an excellent way to find your friends online. typing /whois #[number] (E.G. /whois #1). Aliases for this command : /where /whereis Ex: /whois [User]
  • /whoami displays your information on Battle.net.
  • /w [user] Sends a private message to a user online regardless of the channel they are in. This is an excellent way to let a friend know you are online. Aliases for this command: /msg /whisper Ex: /w LUser Want to play some D2?
  • /ignore [user] Ignores any future messages from that user effectively muting that user to you. Aliases for this command: /squelch Ex: /ignore [User]
  • /unignore [user] Allows a previously squelched user to talk to you normally. Aliases for this command: /unsquelch Ex: /unignore [User]
  • /away [text] Displays a message that you are away from your keyboard whenever someone whispers to you or does a /whois command on you. To disable this command, use the command again. Ex: /away eating dinner
  • /dnd [text] "Do Not Disturb" - prevents ALL whispers from displaying to your screen. Its use is similar to the /away command. To turn the DND mode off, just type /dnd without a reason. This will prevent people from sending whispers to you while in a game as well. You are still able to see all normal public channel messages. Ex: /dnd sorry playing a game with LUser
  • /who [channel] Displays a list of all users in the given channel. Ex: /who Open Tech Support
  • /stats [user] ID Displays the player's Win/Loss/Disconnect record for both normal and Ladder games. Ex: /stats LUser STAR
  • /users Displays the number of users currently on Battle.net.

In single-player mode you can enter any of the cheats into the chat box that comes up after hitting [Enter]. These cheats do not work in multiplayer games.

StarCraft II

Blizzard intends to develop "left" and "right-hand" hotkey templates, as well as a "classic" template. Four templates are expected in total.[1] Some of these templates are already available; the hotkey lists here are for the standard template.

Game Commands

  • F1 - Select idle worker
  • SHIFT + F2-F4 - Assign a location on the map
  • Alt + G - Ping the minimap.
  • Alt + T - Toggle terrain on/off on the minimap.
  • Alt + F - Toggle minimap unit color. (Toggles between units displaying team color or between colors for player, allied and enemy.)
  • F12 - Help
  • ALT + F - Alliance options
  • CTRL + ALT + F - Show FPS
  • MOUSE WHEEL - Adjust view height
  • SHIFT + [any command] - Create a series of commands (up to 10)
  • SPACEBAR - View last warning area
  • BACKSPACE - View base
  • F4 through F8 - F-key functionality as in StarCraft I.[2]

General

  • Shift click Queues up moves: ie to get a worker to build then mine, hold down shift, click on the building you want to build, then click on where you want it to go, release shift, press G, select the mineral field, release shift. A unit can hold up to 10 queued moves, when the number of clicks exceed ten appears a message "Unit's waypoint list is full."

Another use of shift click is to remove or add units to the currently selected group. By shift clicking a portrait or the unit itself of the currently selected unit, you remove it from the group. You can add a unit to the current group by shift clicking it.

Unit Commands

  • A - Attack (and Attack Move)
  • CTRL + RIGHT CLICK - Attack while moving (units must be selected)
  • M - Move
  • S - Stop
  • H - Hold
  • P - Patrol
  • G - Gather resource
  • C - Return resource
  • B - Build basic construction
  • V - Build advanced construction
  • O - Unload unit
  • D - Unload all units to a point

Unit Production

Protoss

Nexus

  • E - Probe
  • M - Mothership
  • C - Chrono Boost

Gateway

  • Z - Zealot
  • S - Stalker
  • E - Sentry
  • D - Dark templar
  • T - High templar
    • T - Psi Storm
    • F - Feedback
    • R - Archon

Robotics facility

  • A - Warp prism
  • B - Observer
  • I - Immortal
  • C - Colossus

Stargate

  • X - Phoenix
    • G - Graviton Beam
  • V - Void ray
  • C - Carrier
Terran

Command center

  • S - SCV

Barracks

  • A - Marine
  • D - Marauder
  • R - Reaper
  • G - Ghost

Factory

  • E - Hellion
  • S - Siege tank
  • T - Thor

Starport

  • V - Viking
  • D - Medivac dropship
  • E - Banshee
  • R - Raven
  • B - Battlecruiser
Zerg
  • D - Drone
  • V - Overlord
    • V - Overseer
  • Z - Zergling
    • E - Baneling
  • Q - Queen
  • R - Roach
  • H - Hydralisk
  • F - Infestor
  • T - Mutalisk
  • C - Corruptor
    • B - Brood lord
  • U - Ultralisk

Building Production

Protoss
  • N - Nexus
  • E - Pylon
  • A - Assimilator
  • G - Gateway
  • F - Forge
  • C - Photon cannon
  • Y - Cybernetics core
  • C - Twilight council
  • D - Dark shrine
  • T - Templar archives
  • S - Stargate
  • F - Fleet beacon
  • R - Robotics facility
  • B - Robotics bay
Terran
  • C - Command center
  • S - Supply depot
  • R - Refinery
  • B - Barracks
  • U - Bunker
  • G - Ghost academy
  • E - Engineering bay
  • T - Missile turret
  • N - Sensor tower
  • F - Factory
  • A - Armory
  • S - Starport
  • C - Fusion core

Addons (Click after selecting appropriate building)

  • C - Reactor (Barracks & Factory)
  • X - Tech lab (Barracks & Factory)
  • P - Planetary Fortress (Command Center)
  • B - Orbital Command (Command Center)
Zerg
  • H - Hatchery
    • L - Lair
      • H - Hive
  • E - Extractor
  • V - Evolution Chamber
  • A - Spore crawler
  • S - Spawning pool
  • C - Spine crawler
  • R - Roach warren
  • B - Baneling nest
  • I - Infestation pit
  • H - Hydralisk den
  • S - Spire
  • G - Greater spire
  • N - Nydus network
  • N - Nydus worm
  • U - Ultralisk cavern

Multiple building hotkeys

Double clicking a building will highlight all of the same buildings on the screen, allowing a player to set

  1. a common control group for the selected buildings simultaneously. This allows the creation of multiple units from multiple buildings, without switching hotkeys.
  2. a common way point for the selected buildings simultaneously.

References

  1. Zarhym. 2010-03-12. #BlizzChat Developer Chat on Twitter – 3/12 (page 2). Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2010-03-13.
  2. Dustin Browder, Chris Sigaty, StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-04-22. April 19th Wings of Liberty Fansite QA Session. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-04-23.

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