This chapter is a supplement to the in-space tutorial, not a replacement. While in the EVE Universe you interact with your environment in five different ways:
The Neocom Panel
The Neocom panel is located on the left side of interface, under your character portrait, and gives you access to several tools. You can minimize the Neocom panel by pressing the two arrows to right of your character picture in the upper left corner.
Find more information about the Neocom panel by clicking here.
The Ship Control Panel
From the Ship Control Panel you activate installed weapons, mining lasers, and modules; you can also open the scanner, cargohold and drone bay from here. Last, but not least, you can initiate the autopilot.
Find more information about the Ship Control Panel by clicking here.
The Overview Scanner
The Overview scanner is a complete item overview and operation panel for all items around you, including your enemies, gang members, and your drones.
Click here to learn more about the purpose of each section.
The Station Services
While your ship is in a station, you will have access to multiple services; access these by clicking on any of the buttons appearing on the right side. The services offered differ from station to station: some provide all available services, while others provide only a few.
Click here to learn more about station services.
The Station Entities
In addition to station services, you also have access to entities that "live" or reside in that station. This includes players that are currently docked in station, agents, corporation offices and headquarters. You access these entities by pressing any of the tabs that appear under the station services buttons on the right side.
To learn more about the station entities click here.
By hitting ESC at any time, you bring up the Settings Menu. Here you can tweak various settings for EVE.
There are seven settings tabs, each handling different aspects of the game.
Display & Graphics
- Under the graphics tab, you can edit your display setting, graphical effects and specific graphic content settings. You can set your display adapter, color depth and resolution, and also switch between windowed, Fixed Window Mode and fullscreen mode. You can specify which effects you wish to see, and under Graphic Content Settings you can edit advanced features such as shader quality, texture quality, and anti-aliasing.
- If you select the "Fixed Window Mode" option, the client window will take the current resolution that has been set for the client, but will no longer have any window decoration (title bar, borders etc.) The window will be fixed in the upper left corner of the windows desktop on the display adapter selected in the graphics setting and span from there. If you have set a full screen resolution before switching to this mode, the client feels like full screen, but you will be able to easily switch between windows without the client minimizing like it does in full screen mode. Done right, you can have one client per display at full screen resolution of the according display without the need to manually shift client windows around.
- Camera Center. The center point for the main camera in the EVE client (the point where your ship is displayed by default and around which the view revolves when turning the camera) can now be moved to either the left or the right. This is especially useful when using more than one screen to move the ship and main view onto a certain display to avoid the ship being "cut through" in the middle.
Audio & Chat
- You can enable your Audio through the audio tab and tweak the different volumes of the game such as music level, UI sound, voice and the overall volume. Here you will also set up your EVE voice settings. Chat-settings can also be found here
- This tab handles most basic settings of EVE. Various gameplay and user interface settings are placed here. It is divided into 6 sections: General, Windows, Help, Station, Inflight and Layout.
- You can set up various different shortcuts for every day usage. The tab is divided into two parts. On the left side there are shortcuts already mapped to their functions, and on the right there are unmapped functions. To Map an unused function, click on it on the right and click on the left facing arrows in between the two sections. You can also right click on the function and select Map Shortcut.
- You will be given a window where you set your shortcuts. You can use any combination of Shift, Alt and Ctrl keys, plus an extra key of your choice.
- There are also some locked shortcuts that are not changeable. Those are marked with a lock in the left side window.
- To edit a pre-existing shortcut, you can right click it and select Edit Shortcut.
- Various commands will give you a confirmation dialog which you have to accept. By clicking Do Not Ask Me Again, you will have your selection preserved. You can reset these dialogs by clicking on the Reset button behind each command listed in the tab.
- Here you can change the language of the user interface. There are various languages available, including German, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. More languages are being added and the list will grow with time.
- The EVE credits, with acknowledgements, version number and other information.
If in Windowed Mode (press Alt+Enter to switch between Full Screen and Windowed Mode), the client window will behave like any other window in the Windows operating system. This means it can be freely resized (with a minimum width and height of 1024*768 pixels). This way, the client can make use of multiple screens easily by simply being resized across all availble displays.
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