The interface is an important and unfortunately often underestimated element of every MMO. It represents the interface between you and the game world and has the task of giving you the most accurate information about what is going on at all times. However, if you log in to Final Fantasy 14 for the first time, you will quickly find that the preset UI is anything but a treat for the eyes. So that this does not stay that way, we want to explain step by step in this guide which settings you have to make in order to adapt the interface entirely to your own needs. Because even if external modifications are not allowed in Final Fantasy 14, the game itself offers numerous possibilities to change the user interface as you wish.
The first impression – change the layout
Most of your interface you put in layout (ESC layout). Here you can configure almost all elements on your screen to your heart's content. It is possible to move each individual display, to change its size, to make it invisible or to give it a different arrangement (for example with the action bars). In total, you can save up to four different layouts and adapt your interface to different class roles, for example. About the function Copy slots it is also possible to apply finished settings and then make adjustments to them.
The filters are located below the four memory slots Main functions, system, Command menus and In content, with which you can restrict the selection of the different elements, which provides a significantly better overview in the design. Then it is possible to under the individual blocks Active element select and freely adapt. There are various options for this, which give you a lot of leeway in the design. You should pay particular attention to the filter here In content where you put the Content bar as well as that Special command can configure. Since you only get to see them in special battles, you should move them so that they do not overlap with other elements. Also the Status indicators (under filter "System") are of interest. Under Setting the layout element you can specify exactly which positive and negative effects are displayed and in which order they should be arranged.
If the selection of the individual elements via the menu is too cumbersome, you can of course simply move them with the mouse. You can change the size with the key combination Ctrl-Alt-Pos1 before, with a click on the right mouse button you make them invisible.
Just by moving and adjusting the layout, your interface can be noticeably prettier. However, Final Fantasy has 14 (buy now) to offer a lot more.
With the chat settings you get many tools with which you can adjust the chat history and the displayed messages. So can be over Add new tab create more chats and then use the function Chatlog settings configure. This makes it possible, for example, to design your own chat window for the craft, the raids or for the contact groups. The main options of Chatlog settings we have summarized here for you:
General: over Text color in the chat log you can choose the color of each chat element. Chat filter finally determines which messages are displayed in the respective tabs. This way you can decide which information is most important to you and save yourself a lot of spam.
Details: Here you can determine the font size for each chat individually and set whether the exact time of the respective message should be given. The transparency of the chat log can also be changed.
Character configuration – the most important points
In the Character configuration you will not only find the ones already mentioned Chatlog settings, but also many other setting options with which you can beautify your interface. If you are between Mouse and controller control want to change, you just have to click the button in the upper left corner of the window, your interface will automatically adapt. There are a lot of other interesting elements hidden in the different tabs of the character configuration.
Under control there are various control and target options. Here you set how your character moves or how the choice of opponents behaves in battle. For example, you can join Target filter the behavior of the quick selection (tab). The option is also particularly interesting for healers Automatically turn to the target when commandedthat under target is hidden. If you deactivate this, your character will keep his current line of sight with every command, which is particularly advantageous for those bosses who use petrification or fear abilities. Although not important for the fight, it is still worth mentioning Time between changing poses (Character). If you set this to zero seconds, your character will immediately adopt the set pose at a standstill without causing a delay.
Here you can determine, among other things, how your inventory and that of your assistants is displayed. If you enlarge the view, you also get a much better overview of your collected items. The function Place items directly in the arsenal you should deactivate to keep an overview of which pieces of equipment you have received and which you want to keep at all. With Submenu setting you can also determine which functions are available when you select an item with the right mouse button. For example, it is possible to remove the sorting function, which is sometimes quite annoying.
Here you will find further settings for your interface, for example for cards or damage information in combat. The check mark at Show target's HP in% should be set to give you a better overview of longer boss fights. Under the tab Group list you can also configure your group settings to your heart's content and thus determine the order in which the individual jobs and roles should be listed.
With this you design the Name Ads about the characters in the game. Here you can determine whether and when the titles and abbreviations of the Free Companies should be displayed or whether the names should be shortened to the initials. This selection is available for you, your group members and even your companions.
Under Command menu are a number of other detailed settings combined via the command bars and the cross command menu. Much of it is already known from layout, so you shouldn't expect any big surprises here.
Accessibility and storage functions
Even in the System configurations there are some elements that are important for your interface. So you can under Color scheme For example, change the preset look of your UI to the light, pastel-colored version that has been added with Shadowbringers. The rider too Accessibility should be worth a look for one or the other. Here, for example, the representation of the tones can be visualized by optical effects on the edge of the screen. If you have problems with the color display, see Color correction different settings for Protanopia, Deuteranopia and Tritanopiawhose strength is also adjustable.
The possibility of your Save interface settings, should also not go unmentioned. To do this, right-click on your character in the character overview, which will open the corresponding function. In this way you can create a backup of your interface data and upload it to the game server. This function is particularly useful if you change your PC or want to set up your old computer again. Afterwards we want to show a few examples of how the interface can look like with a little effort.
We hope that this guide could help you to adapt your interface to your needs. If you still have questions or suggestions, you can tell us as always in the comments.
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