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DaveMcKnight
08.19.2012 , 10:21 PM | #1
Hi, I was watching a vid on YT and noticed that the person had managed to map all of their abilities to a key, and not just numbers. I've done Google searches, but can't seem to find an exact answer: how do you map hotkeys to your abilties? I'm just wondering because its getting bothersome when I'm fighting and realize I need to use an ability that I don't normally use and thus has been placed in one of the other three 'menus'.

Thx in advance for the help...

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Epix
08.19.2012 , 10:35 PM | #2
when you say all abilities bind to a key what do you mean exactly, im kinda confused, and what do you mean by menus? do you mean to say you only have one toolbar showing currently?

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Ergavore
08.19.2012 , 11:17 PM | #3
It's possible to "keybind" most of your abilities by accessing the Keybind Options from Preferences --> Keybinding --> Quickbar. Scroll down the menu until you reach "Quickbar 2 Slot #." From then on each of the selections will represent an ability slot (Quickbar 2 Slot 1 to Quickbar 4 Slot 12). If you click it you can type in your preferred keybinding. Also, if you don't like the original numbered keybindings on Quickbar 1, you can change those the same way you can change the others.

It's possible to use almost every key on the keyboard to activate an ability, but also be sure to watch out for accidentally binding keys that already have a use (i.e. Binding the key "C" to a slot will no longer allow you to access your character sheet by pressing it, then you have to reset it and it's a pain in the ***). You can also use CTRL or ALT or SHIFT + Letter/Number if you have preferred keys but can't use them more than once. I personally also like to use the mouse for keybinds, like CTRL + Mouse Wheel Up, Down, ALT +, SHIFT +, etc. I did however find out that some of my other mouse buttons that I use for easily browsing websites and such couldn't be bound, so watch out for that.

And if I didn't mention earlier, they don't show which quickbar is which, but Quickbar 1 is the top bar in the middle, 2 is the bottom middle, 3 is the left, and 4 is the right (going by the default interface preset "Extended" options).

Don't wanna make this post any longer or confusing, but the reason I said "most" abilities can be keybound is because some classes have more abilities than available quickbar slots (or if you like to keep certain non-class specific abilities (i.e. medpacs) on the quickbars like I do then you may have more abilities than slots available).

Anyhow, TL;DR:
Preferences --> Keybinding --> Quickbar for keybind settings, Quickbars 1-4, 12 slots each. Any key on the keyboard/mouse (mouse usually) is available to use.

Hope I didn't over-simplify things for ya.

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DaveMcKnight
08.19.2012 , 11:22 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Ergavore View Post
It's possible to "keybind" most of your abilities by accessing the Keybind Options from Preferences --> Keybinding --> Quickbar. Scroll down the menu until you reach "Quickbar 2 Slot #." From then on each of the selections will represent an ability slot (Quickbar 2 Slot 1 to Quickbar 4 Slot 12). If you click it you can type in your preferred keybinding. Also, if you don't like the original numbered keybindings on Quickbar 1, you can change those the same way you can change the others.

It's possible to use almost every key on the keyboard to activate an ability, but also be sure to watch out for accidentally binding keys that already have a use (i.e. Binding the key "C" to a slot will no longer allow you to access your character sheet by pressing it, then you have to reset it and it's a pain in the ***). You can also use CTRL or ALT or SHIFT + Letter/Number if you have preferred keys but can't use them more than once. I personally also like to use the mouse for keybinds, like CTRL + Mouse Wheel Up, Down, ALT +, SHIFT +, etc. I did however find out that some of my other mouse buttons that I use for easily browsing websites and such couldn't be bound, so watch out for that.

And if I didn't mention earlier, they don't show which quickbar is which, but Quickbar 1 is the top bar in the middle, 2 is the bottom middle, 3 is the left, and 4 is the right (going by the default interface preset "Extended" options).

Don't wanna make this post any longer or confusing, but the reason I said "most" abilities can be keybound is because some classes have more abilities than available quickbar slots (or if you like to keep certain non-class specific abilities (i.e. medpacs) on the quickbars like I do then you may have more abilities than slots available).

Anyhow, TL;DR:
Preferences --> Keybinding --> Quickbar for keybind settings, Quickbars 1-4, 12 slots each. Any key on the keyboard/mouse (mouse usually) is available to use.

Hope I didn't over-simplify things for ya.
Since I'm not very good with complicated computer jargon, the way you explained it was probably best. Luckily, the only 'bound keys' I use are the directional ones and occasionally the one for chat, but since I'm currently focusing on the storylines more than the multiplayer aspect with groups and such, I don't have as much of an issue. I normally open my character sheet window and such manually anyways, so if I reassign those keys to a more useful ability than its no big deal for me....

Thanks for the help, Ergavore.

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Ergavore
08.19.2012 , 11:30 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by DaveMcKnight View Post
Since I'm not very good with complicated computer jargon, the way you explained it was probably best. Luckily, the only 'bound keys' I use are the directional ones and occasionally the one for chat, but since I'm currently focusing on the storylines more than the multiplayer aspect with groups and such, I don't have as much of an issue. I normally open my character sheet window and such manually anyways, so if I reassign those keys to a more useful ability than its no big deal for me....

Thanks for the help, Ergavore.
Anytime