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There are several Keyboard Shortcuts in the games that can be of great assistance to the player. Many of the shortcuts for Creatures 3 and Docking Station are sadly unavailable to Mac users, though some can be restored with the help of the Arrows Patch.

Creatures 2 Shortcuts[edit]

Key Commands Effect
CTRL + S Repeats the last phrase spoken by the hand.
SHIFT + Arrow keys Scroll around Albia in larger chunks than with the arrow keys alone.
TAB Cycles through creatures.
F1 Opens the help files. Context-sensitive, so pressing it while in the Science Kit should bring up the Science Kit help.
F7 Toggle the Standard toolbar on and off.
F8 Toggle the Pointer toolbar on and off.
F9 Toggle the Applets toolbar on and off.
F10 Toggle the speech history and favourite places toolbar on and off.
F11 Toggle the status bar on and off.
F12 Toggle full screen mode on and off.

Creatures 3/Docking Station Shortcuts[edit]

Key Commands Effect
CTRL + Up, Down Cycles through recent phrases spoken by the hand.
CTRL + Left, Right Cycles through items in the Inventory.
CTRL + R Saves the game.
CTRL + S Repeats the last phrase spoken by the hand.
CTRL + 1, 2, 3 Slides the right hand menus in and out.
CTRL + PAUSE/BREAK Quits the game without saving.
CTRL + SHIFT + E Creates several Carrots, Lemons, and Justanuts. DS only.
CTRL + SHIFT + W, F, A Toggles Wolf Control options on and off.
CTRL + SHIFT + X Shows X/Y coordinates of the hand.
CTRL + SHIFT + R Shows the room number the hand is currently in.
CTRL + SHIFT + M Starts the Magic Profiler tool.
CTRL + SHIFT + H Finds the Hoverdoc (or reinjects it if it has been autokilled or deleted). DS only.
CTRL + SHIFT + C Opens/Closes the CAOS Command Line.
CTRL + SHIFT + T Shows the classifier number of any agent the hand hovers over. DS only.
CTRL + SHIFT + D Shows the tooltip classifier of an agent.
SHIFT + ALT + ENTER Switches the game between windowed and full screen mode. The standard windowed mode allows players to use and view other applications at the same time, although on some systems, full screen mode is the only mode that can run on a 32-bit colour desktop (as opposed to using 16-bit colour).
TAB Cycles through creatures.
Page Up, Page Down Cycles through metarooms.
HOME In C3, returns to the Norn Terrarium. In DS, returns to the first metaroom in the Favorite Places listing, usually the Norn Meso.
END In C3, returns to the Jungle Terrarium. In DS, returns to the last metaroom in the Favorite Places listing.
PAUSE/BREAK Pauses or resumes the game. QuickPause changes this key's functionality.
INSERT While pressed, clicking a creature anywhere on its body will tickle/reward it.
DELETE While pressed, clicking a creature anywhere on its body will spank/punish it.
F1 F1 turns agent help on and off.

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