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In SWTOR, I often find myself playing a healer to my companion tanking, especially against Elite-level mobs.

Currently, I am pressing F1 twice in order to target my companion. Sometimes, though, I don't quite make it and poor Khem Val dies.

Is there a single shortcut I can use to avoid this?

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Also, consider using the "focus" system. – David B Feb 3 '12 at 16:15
@DavidB: Could you elaborate on what the focus system is? – aslum Feb 3 '12 at 23:21
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By default the key combination to do this is Shift + F1.

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While the default key combination to target your companion is Shift + F1, you might also be interested in learning about the focus system so you can quickly heal primary healing targets in many situations.

A focus is like a secondary target. To set focus, first target something, then press Alt-F. Now you may target something else. If you want to switch your target and your focus, press Alt-F again (trivia, not how this is normally used).

Now you have a focus, but to use hotkeys on it you must go to:

preferences -> controls -> enable focus target

Once you've done that, you may use the focus-modifier-key (end by default) to use abilities on your focus instead of your target.

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