I have assembled a rather complex structure in Fallout 4 but needs to move the entire thing. It consists of multiple parts. The hardest part is that once I move pieces of it and place them down, higher up pieces cannot be placed due to something else blocking it.

How do I move large, complex structures without pulling all my hair out?

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TL;DR: Highlight your complex structure, hold "Use" (E key by default), move mouse. Whole structure moves.

There is a slightly obscure mode for modifying structures in Fallout 4. On the PC, it involves holding down the "E" key for "Use". (Someone else needs to test on consoles.)

If you have an object "picked up", holding down the "E" key will allow the mouse to move just the furniture, the mouse scroll will control its elevation. This will obviously only move one piece at a time, but it is still very useful.

The second mode is without any objects picked up, highlight an object and hold down the "E" key. After a short while, a set of objects will be "picked up". Fallout 4 will then try to move all the "attached" objects together in one giant set. This may sometimes pick up nearby turrets and objects, so you may have to store them.

(I'll have to make a video later because this mode just blows my mind. I can now setup complex stairs in the open and then move the whole thing into position.)

  • Essentially by holding down the "Use" key, it's a shortcut grouping feature? Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 13:57
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    Yes. I found out about it entirely by accident. I can now move an entire building around relatively easily.
    – Nelson
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 16:32

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