Options

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The options panel (default F11) allows players to modify language, graphics, sound, keyboard shortcuts, and otherwise customize the game.

General Options[edit]

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Language[edit]

English, French, and German are the currently available text and audio languages. Spanish is available in text only; the audio option is not yet functional.

  • Text Language — Specifies the language of all printed text in the game.
  • Audio Language — Specifies the language used for spoken dialogue.
  • Profanity Filter — Specifies the amount of profanity to filter in chat and other communications.

User Interface[edit]

  • In-Game Clock — Select whether to display the current time on the bottom-left corner of the minimap. The time can be either your system's local time or the server's time (in UTC time).
  • Content Guide — Select which content is tracked in the upper right corner of GUI. By default, prioritizes personal story, then events, then undiscovered map locations.
  • AoE Loot on Interact — Automatically picks up all loot in a 900-unit radius whenever you press the Interact key (default F) with no other interact option active. Can only trigger once per second, and does not function if your inventory is full.
  • Autoloot — Automatically picks up all loot when you use the "Search" interact function. When unchecked, loot is shown in an "Unclaimed Loot" window and you must click on each individual item to collect it. The loot you acquired is displayed on the right side of the screen, above the mini-map. If your inventory is full, it reverts to showing the "Unclaimed Loot" window.
  • Show All Enemy Names — Always display enemy names.
  • Show All NPC Names — Always display NPC names.
  • Show All Player Names — Always display player names.
    • When these options are not checked, names are shown on your selected target, on the object under the mouse, on the object to which the camera is facing, and when holding the left Ctrl key (for enemies and objects) and the left Alt key (for players and NPCs).
  • Disable Closing Windows with ESC — Pressing Esc will not close UI windows, it will only stop the current action or bring up the Game Menu. If you enable this, you must close UI windows by pressing the Close button in the corner of the window or pressing the appropriate key again.
  • Show Skill Recharge — Superimposes a countdown timer, in seconds, on the skill icon. When under 5 seconds are remaining, the time is shown to tenths of a second.
  • Simple Party UI — Collapses the party list, showing names instead of headshots (this is the style used for Structured PvP).
  • Show Simple Condition Floater — Each stack of a condition generates its own floater instead of being combined into a single, periodic floater.

Camera[edit]

Sliders
  • Rotation Speed — How fast the camera rotates when you move your mouse.
  • Horizontal Position — Controls how much the camera is shifted to the left or right of your character. Centering the slider will place the camera directly behind your character.
  • Vertical Position — Controls how much camera height increases as you zoom out.
  • Collision Sensitivity — Controls how readily the camera will ignore obstructions between itself and your character.
  • Zoom Sensitivity — Controls how quickly zooming in and out occurs.
  • Field of View
Check boxes
  • Invert Camera Y-Axis — Reverses Y-axis camera movement with the mouse.
  • Enable Camera Shake — Certain skills and environmental effects (e.g. using Earthshaker, when the Shatterer lands) will cause the camera to shake. This may cause dizziness or motion sickness to some people.
  • Use Free Camera — Normally, the camera will automatically snap to face the same direction as your character when you are moving. This option disables that function, for completely "free" camera control.
  • Enable First-Person Camera — To enter first-person mode, zoom in again while at minimum camera zoom.
  • Adjust Camera to Character Height — When unchecked, the camera will be placed at the same height regardless of your character size.

Combat / Movement[edit]

  • Double-Tap to Evade — Double-pressing a movement key will make your character roll in the same direction. When disabled, you can only evade by binding a key to the Dodge action. Many players recommend disabling this option for those who use non-standard input devices or who find themselves accidentally double-tapping (and thereby wasting endurance), and especially while completing jumping puzzles.
  • Disable Area of Effect Rings — Hides the area of effect rings normally shown on the ground.
  • Double-Click to Attack/Interact — Allows you to interact with foes, NPCs, and objects by double-clicking on them.
  • Right-Click to Attack/Interact — Allows you to interact with foes, NPCs, and objects by right-clicking on them.
    • You must be within range of the target to interact successfully; i.e., you must be within your weapon's range to attack a foe, and you must standing next to an NPC to open their dialogue window.
  • Stop Auto-Attacking On Target Change — Normally, when you de-select a foe or target a different foe, your auto-attack will continue against your original target. With this option, the auto-attack will stop.
  • Autotargeting — If you use a skill with no target selected, the game will automatically select a valid target within the skill's range and in the direction the camera is facing.
  • Promote Skill Target — Prevents the Autotargeting option from changing targets after a foe has been hit. (Note: Targeting a harvesting node/ally when trying to use a skill on a nearby foe will change the target to that foe with this option on.)
  • Fast-Cast Ground Targeting — Normally, ground-targeted skills require one click or key press to activate the skill's target overlay, allowing you to select the target area by moving the mouse cursor, and finally a second click or key press to activate the skill at the targeted location. This option condenses the function into a single click or key press, selecting the target location from the current location of the mouse cursor.
  • Melee Attack Assist — Enables collision detection between your character and your target (e.g. making the target "solid") when you are both directly facing each other, preventing you from running through them so that you stay in melee range.
  • Lock Ground Target at Maximum Skill Range — The ground target marker will reposition itself to be at maximum skill range when placed out of range.

Competitive[edit]

  • Team Colors — Determines whether players are shown in team-colored armor in PvP settings. Available options are Everyone, Enemies Only, and None.
  • Standard Enemy Models: If enabled, uses the a standard model to display enemies, their armor, and their weapons.

Streaming[edit]

  • Content Streaming — Sets the client's download streaming behavior.
    • On-demand asks the game to download content only when the game requires it. This setting is useful for those who have data caps to worry about. This setting may cause issues of models popping in.
    • Idle will stream in content while your connection is generally idle during gameplay. This is useful if you're going to be playing in the same map for some time, so that the general impact to your gameplay should be minimal.
    • Max will stream-in content as fast as it possibly can. This is most like leaving the launcher to fully patch before playing. The Streaming Client will prioritize items you interact with in your inventory, wardrobe, gem store, etc. When a piece of UI content is interacted with, if the content isn't already on disk, it will overlay the spinner to indicate that the content is being downloaded. Do note that if you interact with a bunch of inventory items it could degrade performance as those items are given much higher priority. Once downloaded it may take a few moments before the item displays on screen.

Graphics Options[edit]

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Graphics options window.
  • Resolution
    • Drop-down options include "Window", "Windowed Fullscreen", and all valid resolution options for your monitor and video card.
  • Refresh Rate
    • Drop-down options include "Default", and all valid refresh rate options for your monitor and video card.
  • Interface Size
    • Drop-down options include Small, Normal, Large, and Larger.
  • Graphic Mode
    • Slider: <Best Performance | Balanced | Best Appearance>
  • Anti-Aliasing - Smooth edges of objects at a slight cost in performance
    • Drop-down options None, or FXAA.
  • Render Sampling - renders samples at either the current resolution or smaller (improved performance but quality trade off)
    • Drop-down options Subsample, Native or Supersample.
  • Textures - Controls texture resolution. Higher values give more detail on terrain and objects, but require more video memory and bandwidth.
    • Drop-down options include Low, Medium, and High.
  • Environment - Controls the complexity of terrain, props, decals, and ground cover. Higher values show more detail but require more GPU bandwidth. Some features may not update until the map changes.
    • Drop-down options include Low, Medium, and High.
  • Shadows - Draw simple character shadows in addition to static map shadows.
    • Drop-down options include None, Low, Medium, High, and Ultra.
  • Shaders - Controls the quality of various shader effects, such as wind and lighting. Adjust to lower cheaper materials and fewer textures, which can improve performance for low-end GPUs.
    • Drop-down options include Low, Medium, and High.
  • Reflections
    • Drop-down options include None, Terrain and Sky, and All.
  • Post-Processing - Controls visual quality such as bloom, depth blurring, portal distortion, character lines, light rays, and selective scene tinting.
    • Drop-down options include None, Low, and High.
  • Animations - Controls model animations and simulations, such as cloth and water.
    • Drop-down options include Low, Medium, and High.
  • Full Screen Gamma
    • Number with linked Slider, range: 0.5 to 3.5
  • Vertical Sync - Forces the frame rate to synchronize with the monitor refresh rate. Helps eliminate tearing artifacts, but can result in artificially low frame rates.
    • Check-box, on or off.
  • High Res Character Textures - Enables high resolution textures for NPCs and other player character models. Requires a map change for the setting to take effect.
    • Check-box, on or off.
  • Enable Stereoscopic Rendering - Rendering for 3D capable monitors. Requires full screen mode.
    • Check-box, on or off.

Auto Detect - analyzes your system and guesses what quality you are capable of running the game at.

Graphic option notes[edit]

  • Many graphics options have tooltips.
  • The first time you run the game, it will attempt to automatically find the best settings for your computer.
    • Increasing the resolution or other options tends to decrease performance noticeably.
    • The game will display CUSTOM near the top of the tab.
  • Setting the reflections options to "None" seems to improve frame-rates for weaker video cards.
  • Loading time seems to be impacted the most by Character Model Limit.
  • "High" texture size is not available to clients running on 32-bit systems.
Currently, when Stereoscopic Rendering is enabled, targeting effects and certain icons next to the player's health bar do not render correctly, and most ground becomes discolored when Shaders is set to High. Graphic changes often go unannounced when a new game update becomes released, and may change again in future updates.

Sound Options[edit]

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You are able to change these sound options by the use of a slider, left would be the minimum setting and sliding to the right the maximum setting.

  • Master Volume
    • Controls the overall volume of GW2.
  • Music Volume
    • Volume of the ingame music.
  • Environment Volume
    • Volume of the sounds of the environment around you.
  • Effects Volume
    • Volume of character effects, such as skills.
  • Dialog Volume
    • Volume of the ingame dialogs.
  • UI Volume
    • Volume of the UI, like event notifications, ingame mail etc.
  • Audio Device
    • Selects which audio device to use for playback.
  • Sound Quality: <Fastest | Highest Quality>
    • Sets your sound quality, can influence the game performance.
  • Music Interval <Shorter | Longer>
    • Sets the length of pause between tracks of music. With longer music interval, music will have a longer pause before playing again.
  • Mute when GW2 is in the background
    • Mutes the sound if GW2 is minimized.
  • Restore Defaults
    • Restores every option to its default setting.

Sound Options Notes[edit]

  • You can play your own music within Guild Wars 2.
  • Go to your My Documents folder -> Guild Wars 2 -> Music. In Windows 7; the full path: "C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Guild Wars 2\Music"
  • Create a playlist using your favorite media player.
  • Using iTunes & Right Click + Export to the directory above in .m3u format works seamlessly with the game mechanics using the playlists named below.
  • NOTE: The music files have to be in a format that FMOD supports by default: .mp3, .ogg, .flac, .wav, .aiff, .mid, .it
  • NOTE: Wikipedia FMOD Formats
  • NOTE: The playlist formats that are supported are: .wpl, .m3u, .pls, .asx, and .wax
  • For the game to recognize your playlists you have to give the playlists a specific name.

Custom Playlist Recognized Names[edit]

  • Ambient (Default Playlist)
  • Battle
  • Underwater
  • City
  • MainMenu
  • NightTime
  • Crafting
  • BossBattle

Control Options[edit]

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Option Default keybinds Description
Movement
Move Forward W Up Arrow Hold to move your character forward.
Move Backward S Down Arrow Hold to move your character backward.
Strafe Left Q Left Arrow Hold to move your character to the left.
Strafe Right E Right Arrow Hold to move your character to the right.
Turn Left A Hold to turn your character to the left.
Turn Right D Hold to turn your character to the right.
Dodge V Do an evasive dodge roll, negating damage, in the direction your character is moving (backward if stationary).
Autorun R Num Lock Your character will move forward automatically without holding the forward key.
Walk Toggle the Move Forward control to make your character walk instead of run.
Jump Space Press to jump over obstacles.
Swim Up Space Swim toward the surface of the water.
Swim Down Swim into the depths of the water.
About Face Turn your character 180 degrees.
Skills
Swap Weapons ` Swap weapons if your profession has two sets, or drop environmental items.
Weapon Skill 1 1 Use the first skill on your current weapon.
Weapon Skill 2 2 Use the second skill on your current weapon.
Weapon Skill 3 3 Use the third skill on your current weapon.
Weapon Skill 4 4 Use the fourth skill on your current weapon.
Weapon Skill 5 5 Use the fifth skill on your current weapon.
Healing Skill 6 Use your currently selected healing skill.
Utility Skill 1 7 Use your currently selected utility skill 1.
Utility Skill 2 8 Use your currently selected utility skill 2.
Utility Skill 3 9 Use your currently selected utility skill 3.
Elite Skill 0 Use your currently selected elite skill.
Profession Skill 1 F1 Use profession skill 1.
Profession Skill 2 F2 Use profession skill 2.
Profession Skill 3 F3 Use profession skill 3.
Profession Skill 4 F4 Use profession skill 4.
Profession Skill 5 F5 Use profession skill 5.
Targeting
Call Target Ctrl + T Call a target that your allies can see and follow.
Take Target T Select the target that was last called.
Nearest Enemy Target the nearest enemy.
Next Enemy Tab Target the next enemy.
Previous Enemy Shift + Tab Target the previous enemy.
Nearest Ally Target the nearest ally.
Next Ally Target the next ally.
Previous Ally Target the previous ally.
Lock Autotarget Hold to lock your autotarget.
User Interface
Black Lion Trading Dialog O Open or close the Black Lion Trading dialog.
Contacts Dialog Y Open or close the Contacts dialog.
Guild Dialog G Open or close the Guild dialog.
Hero Dialog H Open or close the Hero dialog.
Inventory Dialog I Open or close the Inventory dialog.
Pet Dialog K Open or close the Pet dialog (ranger only).
Log Out F12 Log out of Guild Wars 2.
Mail Dialog Open or close the Mail dialog.
Options Dialog F11 Open or close the Options dialog.
Party Dialog P Open the Party dialog.
PvP Panel Open or close the PvP panel.
PvP Build Open or close the PvP build panel.
Scoreboard B Open or close the score dialog.
Information Dialog N Open or close the Information dialog.
Show/Hide Chat \ Toggles the visibility of the Chat panel.
Chat Command / Open the chat command prompt.
Chat Message Enter Return (NUM) Give focus to the chat edit box.
Chat Reply Backspace Replay to the last chat whisper.
Show/Hide UI Ctrl + Shift + H Show or hide the entire UI.
Camera
Free Camera Hold to release your camera to free look mode, allowing you to turn it without turning your character.
Zoom In Page Up Zoom in your camera.
Zoom Out Page Down Zoom out your camera.
Look Behind Hold to reverse your camera to look behind you.
Screenshot
Normal Print Screen Take a normal screenshot.
Stereoscopic Take a stereoscopic screenshot.
Map
Open/Close M Open or close the map.
Recenter Space Center the map on your position.
Floor Down Page Down View the next highest map floor.
Floor Up Page Up View the next lowest map floor.
Zoom In + Key Zoom in on the map.
Zoom Out - - Zoom out on the map.
Miscellaneous
AoE Loot Automatically loot all lootable objects in the radius around you.
Interact F General context sensitive interact prompt. Used for interacting with the environment, including Talk, Loot, Revive, etc.
Show Enemy Names Left Ctrl Hold to display enemy names in the world.
Show Ally Names Left Alt Hold to display ally names in the world.
Stow/Draw Weapons Stow or draw your weapons.
Toggle Language Right Ctrl Toggle between English and the currently selected language.
Ranger Pet Control Toggle Toggles the ranger's pet from Avoid Combat to Guard.
Third-Party Peripherals
Enable AlienFX Enables enhanced lightning effects. Requires Alienware PCs or devices that support AlienFX technology.

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