EU4 reload Console Command

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reload Command
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This command will reload the GUI or the .lua file.

reload [File Name]


File Name

The filename of the file you want to reload.

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Quick Overview

The reload command in Europa Universalis IV is used to reload either the Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a specified lua file.

If the game's user interface is not working properly or if you have made changes to a lua file (which are scripting files for the game) and want the changes to take effect without having to completely restart the game, you can use this command.

For example, you might enter reload gui to refresh the entire interface or reload filename.lua to apply changes to a specific lua file.

In-Depth Description

The reload command in Europa Universalis IV (EU4) is a console command that's used for developmental purposes. It essentially does as its name implies, reloading certain in-game elements as specified by the user.

There are two main ways this command can be used:

  1. reload gui: This command will reload the graphical user interface. This means all the elements you see on the screens such as buttons, menus, and windows will be reloaded and displayed anew. This command can be handy when you're modding the game or correcting graphical glitch errors. This is especially useful during testing phases of modding as you won't have to relaunch the entire game to see the changes, speeding up the testing and tweaking process.

  2. reload [lua file]: In this case, the command will reload a specified Lua file. Lua is a programming language used in many games, including EU4, for scripting purposes. This command can be very useful if you have made changes to a Lua file and want to see the implemented changes in the game without restarting it completely. Again, this is mostly useful for modding or debugging purposes.

Please note that these commands are mostly development tools, and their usage in usual gameplay is not common.

How to Open the Command Console

In EU4, cheats are executed from the command console, a text box that you type commands into.

To open the command console press the ~(tilde) key, which is typically located under ESC (escape).

If your keyboard does not have that key, or pressing ~ does not work, try the following keys:

  • ~
  • SHIFT + 2
  • SHIFT + 3
  • ALT + 2 + 1

Type your command into the console, and then press ENTER .