I am trying to change the hotkeys for Age of Empires II: HD (version > 5.0), but I can't get it to work.

I download this mapping file (.hki, selecting HD5.0+ at the top left side) and I copy it into my game folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Age2HD\profiles\. However, this folder already has three profiles (player1.hky, player2.hki, player3.hki). I tried saving it as player4.hki as well as overwriting player3.hki, and using player0.hki but in none of these cases the actual new mapping was used - but it did seem to change slightly.

The thing is that I am trying to install an AZERTY layout, and still Q and A and Z and W (among others) are switched, even after installing these new files.

Can anyone provide a guide on how to correctly install these files, even when player*.hki files already exist? Which digit should be appended to the file name? A new one, 0, the latest one, and so on.

When I try to change the hotkeys in-game, I can't complete the process because of duplicate keys. Even though there are clearly duplicates in a single list (e.g. Q for house and barracks):


When I try to change both of those to A, I get a message that one of those was cancelled. So I am not able to put in duplicates.

cancelled key

  • Is your Windows keyboard set to AZERTY or QWERTY? and if you try to enter something into a input field in the game, what keyboard does that use?
    – Nzall
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 13:00
  • @Nzall It's set to AZERTY and I can type in chat just like I normally would, in AZERTY. Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 13:29
  • Can't you just set hotkeys from the game client?
    – Ben Craig
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 15:21
  • @BenCraig Yes and no. Even though the defaults contain some duplicates (e.g. q for house and barracks), whenever you try to add duplicates yourself (e.g. a for house and barracks) you get an error that you cannot use duplicate keys... Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 18:07
  • @BramVanroy House and Barracks are from different menus, so that would make sense to me. Similar to how archery range and mill are both W. I cant check right now, but I feel like it wont let you put stuff from the same menu as duplicates, but as long as theyre not from the same menu it should be fine.
    – Ben Craig
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 18:12

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There's a really good tool for this online.

Essentially, AoE reads the hotkeys/bindings from the root installation directory and will set the keyboard to whatever that file reads. This site allows you to easily edit them in a nice-ish UI. Download it, replace and boot - should all work :)

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