I own C&C Generals and C&C Generals: Zero Hour through Origin.

It is totally possible to move the camera with the keyboard's arrow keys in standard Generals but not in Zero Hour. In Zero Hour the arrow keys are used to cycle through your units.

Is there any way, I can change that behaviour to the standard Generals style?

  • I found this old thread where the problem is, weirdly enough, the exact opposite: cnclabs.com/forums/…. Apr 28, 2019 at 19:21
  • That is really weird. But I will try to fiddle with the ini files. That seems to be a good idea. Apr 29, 2019 at 20:46

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There is no way to change the hotkeys without any external software. The hotkey files are located inside the ".big" files, that are in your C&C folder.

There is a developer who created a tool called MCCMixer and made a tutorial on YouTube. He explains everything from start to finish. I changed all my hotkeys (including the camera hotkeys, because I don't want them at all - so I disabled them) as I wanted. Here is the link to the Tutorial:

I recommend to create safety copies of the ".big" files you are about to change.

Here's a textual version of the steps posted in the video description:

  1. Download XCC Mixer: http://xhp.xwis.net/
  2. Install XCC Mixer
  3. Start XCC Mixer
  4. Browse to Zero Hour root folder
  5. Double click LanguageZH.big file
  6. Find generals.csf file
  7. Right click it and Extract
  8. Choose "ZH Root\Data\Language"
  9. Save to destination
  10. Launch - XCC String Table Editor - Open
  11. Select extracted generals.csf, Open
  12. Select CONTROLBAR
  13. Select line you want to change
  14. Click on Edit
  15. Put new letter behind "&" Symbol for new shortcut
  16. Apply change by clicking OK
  17. Save changes to file by clicking OK
  18. Start game and test changes
  • I've gone ahead and pasted in the steps outlined in the video description into your answer. While the video might be more helpful, including a textual summary of the video contents is helpful in the event the video is ever taken down. It's also helpful in the event a user isn't able to view the video for whatever reason. That said, considering this answer is from 3 years ago, I'm sure I'm you already know about all this by now, but just wanted to leave this comment just in case! Cheers!
    – Wipqozn
    Apr 25, 2022 at 22:12
  • @Wipqozn Thank you. That makes sense :) Apr 26, 2022 at 7:27
  • it doesn't explain what EXACT line defines the map scroll command
    – Alex
    Dec 2, 2023 at 0:46

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