Beginner Tips

Beginner Game Tips

Some people have played sims so long, we know more about it than our real life. We know how to be successful and it is pretty quiet obvious.
Playing sims is a user-friendly sandbox game with few limitations, however for some it could be a new experience. 

Don worry, I know you will get the hang of it. 

I have included some beginner game-play tips that I have learned throughout my years. (at my sims expense. R.I.P Laura Hock)

Tips and Hints

Turning on "Full Anatomy" in the Gameplay options tab in the setting menu) your sim will rely on you completely.

You are their brain now, they will do nothing without you directing them. not even common sense things. 

This leads me to my first tip.

  • Do not tell your sim to go swimming (in full anatomy mode) when their "Sleep" bar is close to low.They will not get out of the pool to "pass out from exhaustion"They will do it in the Pool/Ocean (if you having the Island Living Expansion Pack) and if you pass out in a pool, well you know what happens.

  • The first expensive thing you should buy is a bed. Not fun, waiting for sims to get the rest they need. A cheap bed makes this longer .

  • Watch your sim closely when they cook their first meals. In the beginning, they are only qualified to make garden salads. I remember in culinary arts class. I tried to fry chicken on high. My teacher thought I was a moron haha you live and learn.
delicious salmon fish, carrots

  • Sims with husbands/wives resist romantic interactions more often. Ask them if they are single. The response is information on how to proceed. 

  • Selling gnomes comes in handy when the power and water get shut off. Put them suckers in your inventory.
  • You can beg the Grim Reaper to spare a dead sims life ( no fiddle battle required)
  • I don't know who's needs go down faster, a baby or a hamster  Watch them both diligently.

Below is a list of Hotkeys from

Controls: Live Mode

  • Sim/Household Controls
    • Switch to next Sim in Household: (Space or N)
    • Switch to Specific Sim: (Click Sim portrait)
    • Lock Camera to Sim: (Right-Click Sim portrait)
    • Center Camera on active Sim: (Enter)
  • Time Controls
    • Pause Game: (P or 0 or ‘)
    • Regular/Fast/Ultra Speed: (1/2/3)
  • Camera Movement
    • Move left/right: (Arrow Left/Right or A/D)
    • Move forward/back: (Arrow UP/Down or W/S)
    • Move Faster: (Hold Shift + Camera Mov’t)
    • Zoom in/out: (Z/X or +/-)
    • Toggle Map Mode: <em(M)
  • General Controls
    • Undo/Redo: (Ctrl+Z / Ctrl+V)
    • Cancel: (Esc)
    • Toggle Cheat Window: (Ctrl + Shift + C)


Controls: Build/Buy Mode

  • Object Placement Tools
    • Rotate Object: (,/. – one object select)
    • Delete Object: (Del or Backspace)
    • Off Grid Placement: (Alt – while holding object)
    • Off Angle Placement: (Alt – while rotating object)
    • Move to Slot: (M)


Game Cheats

 The Cheat Console can be brought up by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+C. Input the following text into the text input field that appears at the top of the screen.

    • Help – Lists all available commands into the command console.
    • resetSim {FirstName} {LastName} – Resets the Sim.
    • fullscreen – toggles full screen on or off.
    • headlineeffects{on/off} – Hides all headline effects including plumbobs, thought balloons, etc.
    • Death.toggle – Disables Death so that Sims don’t die.
    • FreeRealEstate {on/off} – Can be entered at neighborhood/world. If on, all homes are free.
    • motherlode – Provides 50,000 Simoleons
    • kaching – Provides 1000 Simoleons
    • rosebud – Provides 1000 Simoleons
    • Pressing Shift + ] – Increases the size of objects


  • testingcheats {true/false} – Enables use of further cheats
    • Entering “testingcheats true”, then entering “cas.fulleditmode” allows all CAS abilities.
    • Interaction Cheats are available by Shift + Clicking on objects and Sims once the player types in “testingcheats true” in the command console.
    • Shift Clicking on Sims
      • Reset Object – Resets Sim
      • Add to Family – Add the Sim to the current family
      • Cheat Motive > Make Happy – Sets all motives to full and sets Mood to Happy
      • Cheat Motive > Enable Motive Decay – Allows motives to change dynamically
      • Cheat Motive > Disable Motive Decay – Allows motives to remain static
    • Shift Clicking on Objects
      • Reset Object – Rests Object
    • Shift Clicking Dirty-able Objects
      • Make Dirty – Makes object dirty
    • Shift Clicking on Dirty Objects
      • Make Clean – makes object clean
    • Shift Clicking Mailbox
      • Reset Object – resets Mailbox
    • Shift Clicking the Ground
      • Teleport Me Here – Teleports selected Sim as close to the clicked spot as possible
    • Shift Clicking Sims
      • Modify in CAS – Allows editing of everything but name change and inherited traits

Build Mode Hotkeys

    • Object Control
      • Rotate held/selected object, block, roof, anything rotatable: < / >
      • Move object to next slot in surface with a slotted object selected and on a slot surface: M
      • Copy held/selected object on placement: Shift
      • Inventory held/selected object: Backspace
      • Delete held/selected object: Delete
      • Undo: Ctrl + Z
      • Redo: Ctrl + Y
    • Tools
      • Eyedropper Tool (toggle): E
      • Hand Tool: H
      • Sledgehammer Tool (toggle): K
      • Design Tool (toggle): R
      • Wall Tool: B
      • Toggles Day/Night in B/B: L
      • Allow off-grid placement while dragging around an object: Alt
      • Toggle Grid: G
      • Cycle Between 1/2 tile and 1/4 tile grid snapping for object placement: F5
      • Flood Fill a single wall while placing wall patterns: Alt
      • Flood Fill floor & wall paint while placing floor or wall patterns: Shift
      • Toggle to 1/4 tile floor paint while placing floor tile patterns: Ctrl + F
      • Reduce Terrain Brush Size while Terrain Paint catalog is open: [
      • Increase Terrain Brush Size while Terrain Paint catalog is open: ]
      • Move Terrain Brush Softness Slider to the Left while Terrain Paint catalog is open: ;
      • Move Terrain Brush Softness Slider to the Right while Terrain Paint catalog is open: 
      • Toggle Terrain Paint/Eraser while Terrain Paint catalog is open: Ctrl
      • Move Whole House tool: U
      • Toggle Video Recording: V
      • Capture Screenshot: C


  • Camera
    • Toggle Top Down View: T
    • Go to Next Floor Up: Page Up
    • Go to Next Floor Down: Page Down
    • Walls Up: Home
    • Walls Down: End

SimsVip. “The Sims 4: Cheats, Hot Keys & Controls (List).” Sims Vip, 4 Aug. 2014,


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