I will probably purchase the remastered edition of Age of Empires 2 when it launches on April 9th on Steam, but at this time I do not have my original copy of the game so I cannot test this feature...

Question: Is it possible to assign your own hotkeys for Age of Empires 2 (and expansions)? If not, what is the buzz word for keypads/boards that are tailored for RTS hotkey access (not asking for recommendation, just the industry standard)?

Thanks in advance.

  • We can answer it for the original game. Since the HD version isn't out, and we don't allow questions about unreleased games, I have removed that tag from your question.
    – Frank
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 22:06
  • AoE 2 allows you to rebind every hotkey in the game. I'm not sure I understand the second half of your question.
    – jw013
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 23:10
  • The second question pertains to modified keyboards (I think that may be the term). I've heard of keyboards that are smaller for one-handed use. This way a user can move the mouse and perform hotkeys simultaneously without ever lifting their hands. Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 0:12
  • I feel like you could get tons of answers to your second question by asking about hardware setups in a Starcraft community. The pro / serious AoC community is very small and even some of the best AoC players at the moment use keybindings that are not too far off the default. I actually haven't heard of anyone using macros to play AoC.
    – jw013
    Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 20:54
  • @jw013 although most of them can be done, I think not every hotkey can be rebound, or not in every possible way. I have to check this but I remember being unable to create a specific combination I imagined.
    – n611x007
    Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 10:13

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Yes, you can assign an ungodly number of hotkeys through the regular options menu.

Some gaming-oriented keyboards/mice have macro binding ability. The Logitech G105 is one such keyboard, and this quickstart PDF goes over the basic macro binding process.

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