Dota 2 Hotkey Setup

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Finding the Launch Options within Steam.

Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game developed and published by Valve. Dota 2 is played in matches between two teams of five players. Each team occupes and defends their own separate base on the map.

Launch Options are command lines that change the Dota 2 client.

Now browse the dota 2 settings: Select the “hotkeys section” then click on the advanced hotkeys option. In the unit options section, the second last insert box is “Taunt Item”. Click on the insert box to choose your desired hotkey for the taunt (the most people use “T” to make a taunt). So you could have the druid be on control 1, the bear on control 2, and both on control 3. Or you could configure a key to cycle through all your currently selected units. So have both druid and bear selected and use your new hotkey to cycle back and forth between druid and bear.


How to access Dota 2's Launch Options:

  1. Open the Steam client
  2. Navigate to Library tab
  3. Right click Dota 2
  4. Select Properties
  5. Navigate to General tab
  6. Click Set Launch Options..

Command lines[edit]

  • Multiple command lines should be separated by a space.
  • Console commands can also be added to the launch options in order to activate it on startup. To do so, add a plus sign (+) before the command and include the parameters(if they exist) after a whitespace.
    • Example:To set the attribute r_lod to 0, input +r_lod 0 in the launch options.
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+con_enable 1Enables the console in-game.
-consoleEnables the console in-game.
-highGives Dota 2 priority CPU usage.
-useforcedmparmsAllows the use of -noforcemspd and -noforcemaccel.
-noforcemaccelUse the Windows mouse acceleration settings. Only works if -useforcedmparms is set.
-noforcemspdUse the Windows mouse speed settings. Only works if -useforcedmparms is set.
+fps_max #Set the maximum frame per second to the number that has been assigned.
-fullscreenSet display mode to full screen mode.
-noborderSet display mode to borderless window mode.
-swSet display mode to windowed mode.
-480Forces the engine to start with 480p resolution.
-h <height>Forces the engine to start with resolution set to <height> value in pixels. Ex: -h 768
-w <width>Forces the engine to start with resolution set to <width> value in pixels. Ex: -w 1024
-x <position horizontal>Place the borderless window along the horizontal axis. Useful for multiple monitor desktops. Ex: -x 1921 (With three monitors, it will place it on the middle screen.)
-y <position vertical>Place the borderless window along the vertical axis. Useful for multiple monitor desktops. Ex: -y 0 (Places game window at the top of the monitor, over the taskbar.)
-autoconfigRestores video and performance settings to default for the current hardware detected. Ignores settings inside any .cfg files until this parameter is removed.
-safe_modeRestores rendering API used (DirectX 9, OpenGL) to default choice. Ignores settings inside any .cfg files until this parameter is removed.
-override_vpkForces the engine to search for custom game content placed inside the game's installation directory instead of using the default game content packed inside VPK files. Cannot be used in matchmaking games.
-enable_addonsForces the engine to search for white-listed (by Valve) custom game content placed inside the game's installation directory instead of using the default game content packed inside the VPK files. Can be used in matchmaking games. Current white-list: Minimap, HUD, icons, custom cursor images, all sound directories, flash videos.
-nomousegrabEnables alt-tab function in some Linux desktop environments (such as XFCE) where Dota 2 is running fullscreen and grabbing the mouse wouldn't allow users to alt-tab out of the game.[1]
-language <code>Changes the language of the game strings and menu, e.g. '-language italian'.
-nod3d9exDisables Windows Aero DirectX extensions; may improve performance in certain cases.
-nomicsettingsStops Dota 2 from changing microphone output values upon launching the game. May help people with issues in third party communication software, such as Skype, in which their microphone volume would get maxed upon launching the game.
-nosoundTurn off in-game sound.
-nexonAdds the South Korean server to your search options if you have a Korean Nexon account.
-perfectworldAllows you to play on Chinese Perfect World servers.
-map dotaLoads the Dota 2 map right when you launch the game. Helps load times after you find a game since you no longer have to load the map then.
-dx9Force run on DirectX 9.
-dx11Force run on DirectX 11.
-glForces Dota to run on OpenGL. On Windows, the OpenGL DLC is necessary to run this.
-vulkanApply Vulkan support.
-vulkan_disable_steam_shader_cacheDisable steam from precaching the shaders before Dota 2 launches. Useful when game fails to launch on vulcan in Linux.
-sdl_displayindex #Decides the screen dota will run on in Linux. Uses a 0-based index from primary monitor.
-nogammarampForces Dota to use desktop color profile. This also applies to other source games (ex. F.lux will be applied in Fullscreen)
-32bitForce run on 32bit client. (default 64bit)
-antiaddiction_testAdds an uptime clock.
-cursor_scale_percent #Able to change cursor size. Default 100. Overrides the setting in the in-game options if used.
-novidAutomatically skips the introduction video.
-port[ Info Needed ]
-forcedownloadbannedwords[ Info Needed ]
-noprewarmDisable prewarm resources loads. Prewarm turn on by default, loads many resources needed to play a match of Dota before the dashboard appears and should make the time spent loading resources during connection much faster, especially on low-spec machines. The trade-off is that the initial load time before the dashboard will be a little longer.

Deprecated commands[edit]

These commands are deprecated. They either no longer work at all (i.e. were removed), or have no use anymore.

-windowedGame runs in windowed mode.Changeable in the game settings. (the code '-sw' still works for the same purpose)
-dashboard <code>Changes the loading screen and main menu background according to the code inserted.
  • international_2012 - Displays The International 2012 loading screen and main menu background.
  • international_2013 - Displays The International 2013 loading screen and main menu background.
  • international_2014 - Displays The International 2014 loading screen only.
  • frostivus_2013 - Displays Frostivus 2013 main menu background.
  • newbloom_2014 - Displays New Bloom 2014 loading screen and main menu background.
  • spirits_2013 - Displays Three Spirits main menu background.
The Reborn Dashboard does not support the old themes anymore.

Patch history[edit]

  • Added -prewarm.
  • Added -port.
  • -dx11 has been made the default launch option for Dota 2 on 64-bit systems. (DirectX 11 default have been reverted. Therefore, you must add the -dx11 command to run with Directx 11.)[2]
  • Custom cursor images are now allowed in matchmaking.
  • Added all sound directories to the whitelist for -enable_addons
  • Updated -enable_addons to include sound scripts, music scripts, and Flash videos
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  • The use of –override_vpk is no longer allowed in matchmaking games in order to prevent gaining a competitive advantage.
  • Added a new launch option -enable_addons that lets you override a whitelist of files that we will be populating (currently supporting Minimap, HUD related elements, Icons and VO).

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  1. [Linux] Alt+tab doesn't work
  2. DirectX 11 default have been reverted

External links[edit]

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  • Social
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  • Other
  • Dota Plus (Challenges · Shards · Relics)
  • Dota 2 Hotkey Setup Installer

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