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In Skyrim, is there a more convenient way to place items around instead of holding e, and trying to fidget them in the right direction?

Say I have a book, and I want align it on top of the desk like this:

|                             |
|                  +-------+  |
|                  | book ||  |
|                  |  of  ||  |
|                  | lolz ||  |
|                  +______||  |
|                             |

What is the easiest way of doing this?

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without mods, the only way of doing it is to hold e and wrestle with it – l I Dec 5 '11 at 10:48
+1 for well written, useful question (but actually for 'book of lolz') – Alex Dec 5 '11 at 11:29
There's the telekinesis spell, but that's just the same as e. – Raven Dreamer Dec 5 '11 at 14:59
Maybe there's an OCD potion you can brew up. ;) – Doozer Blake Dec 5 '11 at 15:34
There's a bunch of HAVOK settings in the full ini file (if you use saveini) that relate to physics but I doubt they will help much. Problem is the game doesn't 100% respect where you place items which makes a prospective "Better Housing" mod somewhat moot to me. – faB Dec 5 '11 at 16:40
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I haven't tried it, but I found these commands:

GetPos <axis>
SetPos <axis> <value>
GetAngle <axis>
SetAngle <axis> <value>

with explanations near the bottom of this page that might help.

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Thanks! Using SetAngle Z 90 on an object did the trick. – whirlwin Dec 8 '11 at 19:48

Placing items is really annoying. This is what I do to put something flat on a table surface:

  • Drop the item on the floor. If it doesn't land flat, drop it again or fidget it flat.
  • Walk around the item on the floor until the item looks to you like the orientation you want.
  • Hold grab to pick it up in that orientation.
  • Move the item into place.
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Just a note: the Hold Grab means to hold E key (the same you picking up things) – MasterPJ Jan 4 at 11:29

The game sometimes throws your items around after you reload the house, to keep them in place you need to do the following:

  1. switch to first person
  2. place the item where you want it
  3. save while you're in first person and looking AT the item (important)
  4. reload save

it should stay in place after you do this.

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Does not work for me :-( – Josef Sábl Feb 26 '12 at 3:56

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