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I've created a hotkeys file that a lot of players find quite intuitive. It is very similar to the keys used in CM1 in that most functions are tied to a letter that makes sense - to me at least.

They don't have every command bound - some you need to select from the menu. And they don't have the camera bound specifically bound - I just use the mouse to look around.

If this sounds like how you play and you fancy giving these a go:-

  • go to the "Data" folder in the game installation
  • backup your current "hotkeys.txt" to some name like "original_hotkeys.txt"
  • download the file from here by right-clicking the link and choosing "save file as", then saving it
  • put the downloaded file in your "Data" folder
  • re-start CM.

(If you don't like them after all delete "hotkeys.txt" and re-rename "original_hotkeys.txt" to "hotkeys.txt".)

Here's a list of the commands and what they do:

F - move fast

Q - move quick

M - move normal

S - move slow

H - move hunt

A - move assault

R - move reverse

B - blast

N - mark mines

T - target

Y - target light

V - target arc

O - face

D - deploy

P - pause

U - hide

L - dismount

B - bail out

- - vehicle open up

I - pop smoke

G - acquire

Hope you get some use out of them.

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for french version, Im using this one.

some orders are selected only by space bar as I dont use them often.

// You can edit this file to modify various in-game functions and hot-key based commands. Use of special characters (shift, alt, control, numpad or function keys) is not permitted. The letter in <>'s (E,F or G) designates the language (English, French or German).

Camera Keys

// camera forward motion

<E>8

// camera slide left

<E>4

// camera slide right

<E>6

// camera backward motion

<E>2

// camera rotate left

<E>7

// camera rotate right

<E>9

// camera turn 180°

<E>/

// camera raise elevation

<E>3

// camera lower elevation

<E>1

// camera zoom out

<E>0

// camera zoom in

<E>.

// camera wide-angle/regular angle toggle

<E>

Misc Keys

// select previous unit

<E>-

// select next unit

<E>+

// lower 3D Model Quality

<E>{

// increase 3D Model Quality

<E>}

// chat Message Toggle

<E>!

Command Keys Default

// REALTIVE COMMANDS... These keys are relative to the button position in the displayed command panel

// Activate the button in the top row, left-most position

<E>

// Activate the button in the top row, middle position

<E>

// Activate the button in the top row, right-most position

<E>

// Activate the button in the middle row, left-most position

<E>

// Activate the button in the middle row, middle position

<E>

// Activate the button in the middle row, right-most position

<E>

// Activate the button in the bottom row, left-most position

<E>

// Activate the button in the bottom row, middle position

<E>

// Activate the button in the bottom row, right-most position

<E>

Command Keys Direct

// These will issue the designated command no matter what command panel is currently displayed

<E>F // move fast

<E>Q // move quick

<E>N // move normal

<E>S // move slow

<E>H // move hunt

<E>A // move assault

<E>R // move reverse

<E>B // blast

<E> // mark mines

<E>T // target

<E>Y // target light

<E>C // target arc

<E> // NOT CURRENTLY USED... Do not assign a key to this function! It will eventually be the hotkey for Clear Target, but not yet properly activated

<E>O // face

<E> // deploy

<E>P // pause

<E>L // hide

<E> // dismount

<E> // bail out

<E> // vehicle open up

<E>S // pop smoke

<E>A // acquire

<E> // divide teams

<E> // assault team

<E> // antitank team

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Updated to 1.20...although I can't remember making any changes it doesn't crash the game so it must be right.

No, but you know "delete" has always worked - right?

I was not aware of that, but that actually sounds familiar. Must of forgot all about that, thanks for the reminder. :)

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Updated to 1.20...although I can't remember making any changes it doesn't crash the game so it must be right.

Note that you're missing the "target smoke" binding - looking at the v1.2 demo, it seems like it goes between the "face" and the "deploy" bindings. So it would seem that all of your bindings below "deploy" are in fact off by one row.

So can we now finally bind the "clear target" button?

It might be just the demo, but the "clear target" bind-spot is still marked as "NOT USED"

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Note that you're missing the "target smoke" binding - looking at the v1.2 demo, it seems like it goes between the "face" and the "deploy" bindings. So it would seem that all of your bindings below "deploy" are in fact off by one row.

Narp. It's one I don't use much so I leave it to the normal UI.

It might be just the demo, but the "clear target" bind-spot is still marked as "NOT USED"

Yarp. But as ever, you can use "delete" to clear a target.

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Yeah, it just ain't working. Bummer! My fingers can't fly over these commands. I got the keys bound but it won't lose the camera controls. So like even though it says Q = Quick

the Q is still bound to the camera... in fact all those letter keys are still bound to camera.

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