Commonly Changed Settings

As a summary of this post, most players will benefit from going to Options -> UI and checking all of the boxes.

New to Path of Exile, but not new to ARPGs? Played for a while, but looking for ways to improve your gameplay experience? Here are a few recommendations for changed settings in the Options menu that most players use.

1. Press ESC.
2. Click Options.
3. Go to UI.

Check Show Corner Map - This will give you a minimap in the upper right corner of your screen when the automap (by default, TAB) is not active.

Check Always Highlight - This will show item names in the ground even when you are not pressing the item highlight button (which is ALT by default). If you ever feel like your screen is overloaded with items when this is checked - just press Z to hide all items, and then press Z again to show them when combat is over.
  • Loot filters override this option, which means Always Highlight won't show items your loot filter hides. To actually show all item names, use the item highlight button (ALT) or disable your loot filter.


Check Always Show Sockets - self-explanatory. Helpful for reading items in your inventory quickly.

Check Key Pickup - Similar to /nopickup in other games, this makes it so that clicking items or item names on the ground have no effect unless you are holding down the item highlight button (which is ALT by default). This is very useful for preventing yourself from accidentally picking up an item when you are intending to fight instead!
  • If you use a loot filter that really fits your loot style, you may want this unchecked to speed up your looting.


Check Show Full Descriptions - This will allow you to quickly assess an item's basic stats when it is on the ground.

Check Show Life/Mana Levels - This gives you precise information on your life and mana.

Check both Show Mini Life Bars on Allies and Enemies - pretty self-explanatory. It can help you decide which enemy to attack on screen.

You may want to uncheck Mousewheel Zoom - if you use the middle mouse button and sometimes find yourself accidentally scrolling, this can be useful.

Next, you may want to go to the Input tab and change automap or item highlight to different keys, so that you do not accidentally alt-tab while using the automap and item highlight keys at the same time.

Happy hunting, exiles!

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GGG has recently set all profile's character tabs to private. If you want to ask for help on forums, it will usually help to unhide your characters!

Here's how you do it:
1. Click your account name on the upper left of the forum when logged in (mine says adghar)
2. Click Privacy settings in the box on the right
3. Uncheck the Hide characters tab option
4. Click Update
5. You're done! When you ask for help on the forums, people can look at your gear and passives and see where you can improve.
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Last edited by adghar on Feb 19, 2017 6:33:16 PM
Last bumped on Feb 28, 2017 9:27:37 PM
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Not a total newbie, but helped me nevertheless. Thanks!
Be aware that you -actually- cant use Animate Guardian while in /nopickup-mode.
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Completed 12 ChallengesMr_Cee wrote:
Be aware that you -actually- cant use Animate Guardian while in /nopickup-mode.


This is only true if you have Highlight Item bound to Alt. Space works fine for me, and other keys (that are not Windows trigger keys) should work fine in theory.

I'll edit that into the original post.
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Last edited by adghar on Nov 8, 2013 9:50:03 AM
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Completed 23 Challengesadghar wrote:
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Completed 12 ChallengesMr_Cee wrote:
Be aware that you -actually- cant use Animate Guardian while in /nopickup-mode.

This is only true if you have Highlight Item bound to Alt.

Nice info, now I have to find a suitable key and check it; thanks!
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I've played this game forever, and still found this very useful, so thanks a lot for posting!
Glad to be of help!

They managed to fix the Alt bug with Animate Guardian/Weapon, so I've removed that note from the original post.
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Very helpful, thanks!
Just starting out, this is very helpful. Thank you!

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