Every time I select "idle worker", the screen jumps to the worker. This completely throws me off during, say, an attack. Is there a way I can select my workers and tell them to harvest minerals without looking at them? Shift-click, I believe, selects them all, but there is still the unnecessary jump.

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    Not that I know of, besides which minerals would they goto? The closest? Farest? etc... What if it's in an enemies base? would it return home to mine? Would it mine at the enemies base?
    – Viper_Sb
    May 29, 2013 at 20:30
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    Ctrl + F1 selects all idle workers, I don't know if it jumps the screen, so you could try that. But @Viper_Sb's point remains, you will need to move the screen to minerals to harvest them; there is no 'harvest closest resource' button.
    – Wikwocket
    May 29, 2013 at 21:27
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    Actually, now that I think about it, there is a 'return resources to base' command, I suppose if your idle worker is carrying minerals/gas, this might get them back to mining, but that seems unreliable.
    – Wikwocket
    May 29, 2013 at 21:27
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    It may be realistic to click minerals through a minimap - I inject larva this way. Sure, mineral patches are even smaller than a hatchery...
    – Orc JMR
    May 30, 2013 at 1:42
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    @The_Jsaur I dont think there is a way not to jump to your idle worker unless you select them all.
    – AtlasEU
    May 30, 2013 at 9:36

2 Answers 2


If you select all idle workers, then use a location hotkey, you can make the scvs extremely fast. Set the location hotkeys to each base and when you make buildings use the location hotkeys to rally the scv back to mining every time. Then just double click hotkeyed army to get right back. It's a little distracting but worth it.

  • You don't even need to set a location hotkey. Backspace (I think?) will automatically cycle through your nexus / CC / hatcheries. May 31, 2013 at 19:09
  • @RavenDreamer Backspace is the default key for the "View Base" hotkey. wiki.teamliquid.net/starcraft2/Hotkeys#In-Game_hotkeys
    – SimonL
    May 31, 2013 at 23:13
  • @RavenDreamer while you are correct. It is more accurate to set up camera hotkeys. Almost all pros do. I'm mid masters and use tab as my base camera (rebinded from backspace) so I agree to an extent. I just wish I learned location hotkeys when I was new to starcraft.
    – Nick122
    Jun 27, 2013 at 13:45

If you are having this issue its because you have bad habits and are being lazy. Make it a habbit to shift click back to a mineral patch after building/warping in things.

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