How to Turn Off Double Click Selecting All Villagers in Age of Empires 2

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If you want to get good at Age of Empires 2 then one of the most important things to master is the game’s hotkeys and efficiency-boosting features like control groups.

This is an undeniable hack to increasing your ranked game ELO by a significant margin.

However, there is one extremely frustrating feature in the game that you almost need to un-learn: the default, automatically-enabled feature that means you select all of your villagers when you double-click on one of them.

Presumably this has been added to the game to make things easier or more efficient…we just can’t quite work out how.

Unlike hotkeys or control groups, the ability to select all of your villagers by double-clicking is almost always terrible.

In fact, I can’t think of a single time whilst playing the game or whilst watching professionals play in top games that anyone has ever needed to select every single one of their economy units to move them elsewhere at the same time (a tiny exception here would be if using the Burgundians’ Flemish Revolution technology, though this would technically be to move military and not regular Villagers).

Unfortunately I can remember numerous occasions where I accidentally selected all of my villagers and moved them away from where they should be and onto a different task, or saw a streamer do the same.

The awful thing about this is that there is no villager undo feature.

If you wish for all of your villagers to return to their previous task then you must manually assign them all.

If you have 120 villagers across 5 lumber camps, 5 mining camps and 50 farms, this is hard work — and you can guarantee that they won’t be set up anywhere near as efficiently as they were previously.

After digging around on Reddit and forums, everywhere seems to suggest that there was no way to turn this off or undo your misclick.

Fortunately for us, there is an option to turn this off.

And once you turn it off, you’ll never have to deal with this annoying issue again!

But wait…things get even better.

Not only can we turn off the ‘double click all villager’ option, we can actually change the default behavior.

Instead of simply being ‘on’ or ‘off’, we actually have the choice to turn this into a genuinely useful option from a useless one. This is because we can change it to select all idle villagers only.

Now this is great for two reasons:

  1. You’ll never move all of your working villagers away from their tasks accidentally by double clicking.
  2. You’ll be able to easily put all of your idle villagers back to work by double clicking on one of them.

We can change this in the settings quite easily, although it’s a little hidden away and easy to miss if you don’t know where to find it.

First, click the settings cog on your Age of Empires 2 home screen, then click Options.

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After clicking ‘Options’ you will be given a screen of settings that has multiple tabs at the top. The tab we’re going to need is the 4th tab along on the right hand side, called ‘Game’.

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After clicking on ‘Game’ there is only one final thing to do.

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On the right hand side of the Game options, navigate to the ‘Villager Double-Click’ option and change it from ‘Select All Villagers’ to ‘Select Only Idle Villagers’.

Or, if you wish for it to have no functionality at all when you double-click a villager, change the option to ‘Disabled’.

All you have to do now is click ‘Confirm’ and your new settings will be good to go.

Oh, and you’ll never need to deal with this issue again!