EU4 reload_canals Console Command

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reload_canals Command
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This command reloads the canal bitmaps.

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Quick Overview

This command in Europa Universalis IV is used to refresh or reload the graphic images (bitmaps) of canals in the game. Thus, if there are any changes or updates to the graphical depiction of canals, this command will reflect them in the game.

In-Depth Description

The reload_canals command in Europa Universalis IV is used to refresh or reload the texture bitmaps relating to the canals in the game.

Texture bitmaps are the graphical representations used for the visual aspects of the game, in this case for canals. Canals in EU4 are important strategic tools, allowing movement of fleets through land provinces.

Thus, the purpose of the reload_canals command is for graphical or visual debugging. It will not typically change anything about the gameplay, the in-game mechanics, or the strategy.

You usually would want to use this command if you're seeing graphical issues or bugs specifically related to canals and you want to attempt a quick fix without reloading the entire game — the command essentially asks the game to 'redo' the canal graphics.

So, if for example, a canal isn't displaying correctly on your game, you would use this command to try to rectify that error.

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 .