Open main menu

Keyboard shortcuts

Here is a list of keyboard shortcuts available in the game.



Key Icon Screen
F1 Primary title
F2 Character
F3   Council
F4   Laws
F5   Technology
F6   Military
F7   Intrigue
F8   Factions
F9   Religion

Newer screens like   Merchant republics,   Nomads or   Societies don't have shortcuts, as they would interfere with screenshots.


Key Icon Dialog
,   Ledger
?   Find Title or Region
.   Character finder

Demesne navigationEdit

Map modesEdit

The minimap and map modes
Key Icon Map mode Notes
q   Terrain Terrain affects troop movement speed, attrition, and combat defensive bonuses.
w   Realms ^Ctrl+Left-click a realm to see its subrealms. (Undo with ^Ctrl+Right-click or by pressing W again.)
e   Diplomatic relations Colors indicate your allies, enemies, demesne, and vassals. Hover over a yellow province to see your pending Casus Belli (CBs) against it. Click on a province to see their relations.
r   Religions Click a religion to see its holy sites. To see autocephalous patriarchs, use the Religion screen (F9) instead.
t   Cultures Hover for culture groups.
u   Economy Green is ripe for raiding.
i   De jure duchies Hover to confirm the duchy's de jure capital.
o   De jure kingdoms Also shows duchies drifting into kingdoms. Hover to see crown laws effective in each province.
p   De jure empires Also shows kingdoms drifting into empires.
a   Revolt risk Don't park (small retinues) on red.
s   Dynasties Colored according to largest realm, so flipping with "realms" view lets you see which dynasties control multiple realms. ^Ctrl+click a realm to see the dynasties controlling its subrealms.
d   Opinions Click a province to see opinions of its ruler. Hover for reasoning.
f   Direct vassals Find the largest vassals in another realm, and get them to inherit into your realm!
g   Trade zones Republics and silk road. ^Ctrl+click any republic to see the trade zones of each patrician family.
h   Governments Government types
j   Coalitions Hover to see any realm's infamy. Click ocean to see which realms have defensive pacts against them. Click a realm to see the defensive pacts against it, colored by religion group.
k   Epidemics Hover the banner to see when and where epidemics began. Hover a province to see its hospital level, disease resistance, and "infection weight" from any adjacent epidemic.
l   Players Other human players in multiplayer.
  Chinese relations Shows China's "Western Protectorate" territory (red), peace deals (green), imperial tributaries (purple), and diplomatic range (blue).

Opened by right-clicking the "China screen" button


Key Function
Alt+Drag Select only naval units
⇧Shift+Drag Select only units of the same type as the currently selected unit
⇧Shift+Left-Click Add or remove a unit to the selection
⇧Shift+Right-click Add waypoint (repeat to specify a precise route to a destination)
x Disband unit
⇧Shift+x Disband all selected units
g Merge the selected units
b Create new unit (with one unit selected) OR reorganize the selected units (with two units selected)
n Split unit in half (with one unit selected)
v Embark unit (load onto ships)
⇧Shift+v Embark all selected units (load onto ships)
z Raise your troops from this county, or all of a vassal's troops (including from other counties) into the selected county
c Raise your ships from this county, or all of a vassal's fleets (including from other counties) into the selected county

Province ownersEdit

Right-click province with... Function
Right-click Holder: character sheet
Alt + Right-click Holder: diplomatic actions
⇧Shift + Right-click Top liege: character sheet
⇧Shift + Alt + Right-click Top liege: diplomatic actions

Camera controlEdit

Key Icon Function Notes
PageUp   Zoom in
PageDown   Zoom out
or 🏠 Home
  Focus camera on capital province.

Game controlEdit

Key Icon Function Notes
+   Increase game speed Speed 5 is "unlimited speed" (i.e. as fast as the computer can process).
-   Decrease game speed
␣ Space   Pause/Unpause Some notifications can be configured to auto-pause the game.
or backtick (`)
⎋Esc   Main menu Closes any open GUI windows sequentially (beginning with last opened) before displaying Main Menu panel.

Take screenshotEdit

Key Function Notes
F10 Map screenshot

Entire map, rendered in 2D and colored according to the current map mode
Stored in ~/Documents/Paradox Interactive/Crusader Kings II/Screenshots
Example map for Religion, more examples in Category:Maps

F11 Screenshot

Stored in ~/Documents/Paradox Interactive/Crusader Kings II/Screenshots
Stored in ~/Documents/Paradox Interactive/Crusader Kings II/mod-name/Screenshots (if playing with an overhaul mod)
Examples in Category:Interface screenshots.

F12 Steam overlay screenshot Steam > Library > Crusader Kings II > Screenshots (shown on the right)

Your operating system may also have shortcuts for capturing a portion of your screen. See Screenshots on Windows or Screenshots on Mac.