Cover image: Realm of Magic in The Sims 4 screenshot. via Origin / The Sims 4.
The Sims 4, the fourth instalment of the popular life simulation franchise, was first released in 2015. One of the game’s appeals is the building aspect. Whether you want to create the blueprints for your dream home or copy the one you’re living in, it’s a boon for builders.
But if you’re new to the game, or building isn’t your thing and you’re just trying to tweak something, you might wonder how to rotate objects in The Sims 4. In fact, that question as well as “how to rotate furniture” in The Sims 4 is one of the most popular questions people ask the internet. Well, wonder no more. We’ve put together a quick guide on how to rotate objects in The Sims 4 to help novice builders get to grips with the game’s controls.
How to rotate objects and furniture in The Sims 4
We’re assuming that you know in order to rotate objects in The Sims 4, you need to be in build mode. There are some draggable objects which you can move around in live mode and the same rules will apply to them.
The game has two different camera views and how you rotate furniture in The Sims 4 might be impacted slightly depending on which camera you are using.
To see which camera view you’re on, look in the top right corner of your screen and click on the camera like in the screenshot below.
Rotating objects in The Sims 4 using your keyboard
Rotating furniture in The Sims 4 is easy. Just click on the object once you’re in build mode and use the < key for left and > for right. This will work on both The Sims 4 camera view and The Sims 3 camera view.
It will also apply to rotating entire rooms – that is possible by selecting the whole room in the same way you select an object, but that’s a tutorial for another day. You can see a brief view of how this will look with The Sims 3 camera view on below. For rooms, you can also use the little rotation arrows that appear once you select a room.
How to rotate objects in The Sims 4 with your mouse
Here’s where things get tricky. And we suspect this is why “how to rotate objects in The Sims 4” is such a popular question. In The Sims 4, you can only use your mouse to rotate furniture and objects if you are using The Sims 4 camera view.
If you’re using The Sims 4 camera view, you can rotate objects by selecting the object and then right-clicking with your mouse while you are holding them. Be careful, though, if you move the mouse while clicking and you have an object selected, you might end up rotating the camera view, too. You can see the camera showing rotating arrows in the screenshot below.
It won’t have much on an impact on rotating objects in The Sims 4, though. Just hold the mouse still and you should be back to where you started.
If you are using The Sims 3 camera view, however, you won’t be able to rotate objects in The Sims 4 with your mouse using the right-click method. If you select an object and try to rotate it using the right-click method, you’ll end up just moving your view and the object around. Nothing will rotate.
This can be a source of great frustration if you have a keyboard that’s not working so well – or you’re playing without a keyboard completely. But if you’ve been wondering how to rotate objects in The Sims 4 and you keep getting stuck here, we hope this guide has helped.
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Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.