The Sims 4 building using build mode Cheats

There are a few tricks we can use when building in Sims 4. Usually very easy to use, they can improve our builds and can help make them look more realistic.

To use the Cheats, you must first open the Cheats console by pressing Ctrl + Shift + C. Type in the Cheats and press Enter. To close the console, press Ctrl + Shift + C again.

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A guide to using The Sims 4 construction tricks, including easy-to-ignore controls that allow you to resize objects and adjust placement. Features the new live edit mode of objects that were updated in the game in July 2019.

Move objects Cheats

Perhaps one of the most frequently used tricks in construction. To activate type bb.moveobjects on and type again to deactivate the trick. With this active, you will be able to place objects in places that the game would not normally allow. You can place things closer together or even touch them. With this trick, you can combine two pieces of furniture to create a larger piece, for example, two Unabashed sofas at right angles to each other create a nice corner living room. Join tables together to create larger tables. Keep in mind, however, that combining objects can affect your sim's ability to use part or all of the object or can cause strange visual effects when using it. It's a good idea to test objects inserted with this trick, especially if you intend to share the build.

The trick to moving the object has some limitations. Although it will allow two windows to be placed on one section of the wall, it will cause some strange visuals. Also, sometimes the game does not recognise that an object is placed in an unusual location and, again, strange visual effects may occur when a Sim uses that object.

While the trick to moving objects is activated, we can also adjust the height at which something is located. Pick up the object and press the 9 key, each time you press the key, the object will be raised slightly. When it is at the desired height, release it and it will remain at that height. To lower something use the 0 key instead. This is useful for placing objects on surfaces that the game would not normally allow.

Show hidden objects

Another well-used trick in construction, this allows us to use objects that we cannot normally buy. To activate, type bb.showhiddenobjects in the Cheats console. For now, there doesn't seem to be any way to disable this trick other than to quit the game, so be careful, especially if you're playing a competition game where Cheats are not allowed.

This trick allows us to select many objects that we cannot usually buy, from fully grown fruit trees to small things that our Sims use in everyday activities. Hidden objects include lights. Hidden lights are particularly useful as they can make a room lighter without adding more conventional lights.

Enlarging an object

Not quite a trick, the magnification function is still useful when decorating a house. In Build mode, pick up an object and press the key] and the object will be slightly enlarged. Each time the button is pressed, the item will be enlarged slightly. Although items can be enlarged, they cannot be reduced from their original size. To reduce the size of something that has been enlarged, press the key [until the required size is reached. While most items can be enlarged, some will not enlarge well. While door and window frames will enlarge, the hole in the wall will remain the original size. Similarly, mirrors do not enlarge well.

Free positioning and rotation of objects

Another trick that is not really a trick is the free positioning and rotation of objects. Normally when you place an object, it will be stuck on the grid. Take an object and go place it somewhere. You will see that it has a footprint. This footprint shows how many squares of the grid the object will need and when you place it the footprint will automatically lock onto the grid on the floor.

By holding down the ALT key when you place something, the grid will be ignored and you will be free to place it anywhere. Things moved this way will still have a footprint indicating how many squares of area are needed. Unless you also use the moveobjects trick, objects cannot share the same space. Combining the moveobjects trick and holding down the ALT key will give you more placement options.

Free rotation is similar to free positioning in that we are not limited in the way we rotate an element. This trick depends on using the Sims 3 camera mode. To switch to Sims 3's camera mode, select the Options menu in the top right hand corner of the screen. From there, select Game Options and then Controls and Camera. Check the box that says The Sims 3 Camera. Apply the change and return to the game. Alternatively, you can switch between the Sims 3 camera and the Sims 4 camera by holding down CTRL + Shift + Tab. With the Sims 3 camera, you'll be able to rotate an object you're holding by simply dragging it instead of having to use the keys. Rotating something this way will still limit you to 45 degree rotations, but by holding down the ALT key while dragging, you'll be able to freely rotate an item.

Sharing houses and rooms built with Tricks

If you share a house or room that you have built using some or all of the tricks, there are a few things to consider. Not all things placed with the showhiddenobjects trick will be transferred through the gallery, some are simply not designed that way. Invisible lights will only be transferred if you save and share an entire lot. If you only share one room, hidden lights will not be included. Items placed using the moveobjects trick may be transferred correctly, but there is a chance that they will not. The transfer of items may also depend on the update of individual games. In previous versions of the game, some items were not transferred through the gallery in the way intended by the developer.

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