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I'd like to be able to activate items (ideally) with the keyboard numbers, but 1-6 are reserved for unit groups, correct? I assume those cannot be assigned to items.

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Update as of 18/1/2013

The options menu has been changed to make it easier to find the control rebinding for items. I have taken a new screenshot - simply click on steps 1 through 4 from anywhere in the game client to open up the menu and rebind your item hotkeys.

New rebind guide


Note: this part of the answer is outdated, but I left it alone for now. If it's appropriate to delete it, mods are welcome to do so.

You can change the key bindings for both abilities and items by clicking their icons underneath the list of controls in the options menu. Below is a screenshot of the controls menu, you can see that I reassigned my items to numbers 1-4 and my extra mouse buttons. Dota2 controls

It is not immediately apparent that these buttons which look like the ingame HUD are actually additional key binding options, but each one that is labelled can be changed.

It's also highly recommended that you rebind at least a few control group keys to something else, but it's rare that you will need all 6 control groups in a normal game. I chose F1-F3, but you can use whatever you like.

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Oh man, I forgot about the mouse. : / I've got a RAT5. You think I'd be using the darn thing. –  Nick Vaccaro Feb 3 '12 at 20:53
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This is no longer the way to change hotkeys due to game updates. You can find all the hotkeys in seperate tabs under the controls menu. –  RHINO_Mk.II Mar 11 '12 at 18:37
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@RHINO_Mk.II can you please edit your answer to reflect the changes? –  Atav32 Jul 28 '12 at 14:47
    
Done. 10morechar –  RHINO_Mk.II Jan 18 '13 at 16:24
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Hit the gear button (Options) in the top left corner of the main menu. From there, you can edit/re-bind all the keys, including 1-6 which are by default for unit groups as you've said.

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I rebound my items to alt-q, alt-w, etc. It works out fairly well for me. –  z ' Feb 3 '12 at 17:14
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