How to Rotate Buildings in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

Wondering how to rotate buildings in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition? Here’s what you need to know.

Whether you are trying to make your empire pretty or you have some high IQ tactical reason, you will want to place buildings how you please in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. That means rotating them.

Back in the day, this wasn’t possible; you were only able to rotate structures by using Age of Empires III‘s scenario editor. If you wanted to create a beautiful-looking empire in the scenario you could.

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I could make a courtyard in front of my town centre with all the buildings facing it, creating a more immersive and more realistic looking empire on the map. But It was a shame when you realised that you couldn’t do that actually in game.

It was such a baffling decision not to include this feature in the main game, and many mods popped up allowing you to do just that. Luckily, it’s now built in: you can rotate buildings freely in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, with no need to install mods.

To do so is a very simple process. To rotate a building in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, simply hold down SHIFT and use the mouse wheel while placing a building.

This gives you full freedom to arrange your buildings and structures however you see fit.