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Is there another way of selecting the NPCs that I have placed?


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I find it a lot more difficult to click and select NPCs in my base than any other object. I'd click on the NPC and it'd be something else that's selected. Is there another way to select the NPC object, like pulling up a list of all placed items?

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Npcs are a pain in the butt to select, if you are right in front of them you can try hitting TAB, otherwise I have had some luck clicking on their legs near their feet, doesnt work 100% of the time tho.

 

Hopefully someone else can add some more, just in case they have an easier way

 

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1 hour ago, Osirisbain said:

Npcs are a pain in the butt to select, if you are right in front of them you can try hitting TAB, otherwise I have had some luck clicking on their legs near their feet, doesnt work 100% of the time tho.

 

Hopefully someone else can add some more, just in case they have an easier way

 

 

Thanks, it's easier to target NPCs with Tab. However, even with the NPC selected, because the mouse still can't target it, I can't move it around. Is there a way to move them with the keyboard alone?

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There's a ridiculously easy way to do this that @Dacy highlighted in one of her extremely helpful videos.

 

Basically, you place the NPC you want approximately where you want them to be and select another NPC/object from the list and hover them close by but don't place the second item. Then you hit tab until the original, already placed NPC is selected, hold whatever key (shift/ctrl/alt) you want to shift them around with before moving the mouse, and click again to make the desired adjustment. Not only will this easily select the pre-placed NPC but it'll also lock your selection to that spot for really smooth custom positioning.

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19 minutes ago, El D said:

Basically, you place the NPC you want approximately where you want them to be and select another NPC/object from the list and hover them close by but don't place the second item. Then you hit tab until the original, already placed NPC is selected, hold whatever key (shift/ctrl/alt) you want to shift them around with before moving the mouse, and click again to make the desired adjustment. Not only will this easily select the pre-placed NPC but it'll also lock your selection to that spot for really smooth custom positioning.

 

It works, thanks! I've watched some of her videos to learn how to build outdoors.

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To only select an NPC, and not be worried about re-positioning, (like, when you just want to delete it), simply place your character near the NPC, and hit tab until you see that NPC's box lit up (and confirm this in the item window to be sure of your selection).

 

Nicely explained, El D!

 

-Dacy

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I DESPISE the double click bug!  You can unbind them though with /unbind leftdoubleclick and /unbind rightdoubleclick, but it comes back unless you do it every time.  If someone knows of a way to make it the default, I'd love to know it - though unbinding is still far better then nothing!   It sometimes seem to do it even if you don't double click, and is guaranteed to make me say Naughty Words when it does (and do the unbind thing immediately, so it doesn't happen again in that session). 

 

It would be nice if they would fix that hit box for NPCs though. We shouldn't have to resort to weird things just to select NPCs that no one who didn't watch a video would ever figure out, although again at least it works!  I tend to use temporary floor tiles when placing NPCs, so once they're placed they never get moved ever again. That's a great trick for tweaking the height to be just right, so you can do things like place NPCs seated in a swing.  Making a floor the right height is so much easier! 

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On 11/26/2021 at 2:19 PM, tanglin said:

I find it a lot more difficult to click and select NPCs in my base than any other object. I'd click on the NPC and it'd be something else that's selected. Is there another way to select the NPC object, like pulling up a list of all placed items?

I place one and right click until I get the one I want or one that works out okay that I'll accept. Then after I get that one, I don't move it at all, it has to be in the space I want the NPC in. This trick only works with the standing ones for me.

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