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Football Manager 2019 GUI Hints and Tips

The official FM19 hints and tips about the Graphical User Interface as they appear in-game.

By on Oct 07, 2019   4413 views   0 comments
FM 2019 Hints and Tips - Football Manager 2019 GUI Hints and Tips
When viewing the team screen, if a player has an icon in the 'Inf' column you can go directly to the related status details section by selecting the icon.

When viewing your tactics screen you can remove a picked player by selecting the position from the 'PKD' menu and choosing 'Remove From Position'.

When viewing your team screen you can remove a picked player by selecting the position from the 'PKD' menu and choosing 'Remove From Position'.

When viewing your team screen you can drag a player from the squad list 'PKD' button onto the positions in the top row to select or swap a player in that position.

When viewing your team screen you can select a position in the top row to remove a player from that position.

Hovering your mouse cursor over column headings on any screen will pop-up a tool-tip with further information.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Wnt' icon indicates that a club is interested in the player.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Bid' icon indicates that a club has made a transfer offer for the player.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Trn' icon indicates that the player has a future transfer agreed with another club.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Req' icon indicates that the player has been placed on the transfer list at his own request.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Fut' icon indicates that the player is unsure about his future.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Ctr' icon indicates that the player is currently out of contract at the club.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Loa' icon indicates that the player has been made available for loan.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Lst' icon indicates that the player has been placed on the transfer list by the club.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Fgn' icon indicates that the player is foreign.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Frt' icon indicates that the player is leaving on a free transfer at the end of his contract.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Cup' icon indicates that the player is cup-tied and ineligible to play in the cup match.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Rst' icon indicates that the player is in need of a rest.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Sus' icon indicates that the player is currently suspended.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Yel' icon indicates that the player is one yellow card away from picking up a suspension.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Yth' icon indicates that the player is on a youth contract.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Hol' icon indicates that the player is currently away on holiday.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Wdn' icon indicates that the player has been withdrawn from international duty by his club manager.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Slt' icon indicates that the player has a slight concern about something.

You can find out the estimated value of a club on the club information screen.

You can find out the kit colours of a club on the club information screen.

When viewing the 'Preferences' screen, you can set up your game to save automatically after a specified amount of time by using the 'Saving' section on the 'Overview' tab.

When viewing your team's fixture screen you can view past meetings against opponents by selecting the table row indicator and then clicking on the 'Past Meetings' button.

When a 'Wp' icon appears next to a player's name, this indicates that the player requires a work permit before he can play.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Tut' icon indicates that the player is currently acting as mentor for a youngster at the club.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Lrn' icon indicates that the player is currently learning from an experienced player at the club

When adding a manager to the game you can choose your past footballing experience by selecting the 'Past Experience' dropdown menu.

When viewing a league table you can look at a graph of a team's progress throughout the season by clicking on the team's position.


You must respond to all news items that require a response before you can continue the game.

When viewing a profile of a player from your team you can select any of his attributes and view his training history for that attribute over the past 12 months.

When viewing your tactics screen you can swap two players' positions around by dragging the position button of the player you want to swap onto another player.

When viewing your tactics screen, if an individual player instruction is not ticked he will automatically carry out the equivalent team instruction.

You can continue the game by pressing the spacebar on your keyboard.

The quick flicks, located in the title bar, allow you to scroll through like items. For example, using them on the player profile screen will cycle through all the players associated with the player's team.

When viewing the match report screen, selecting the time of an event in the match report will show a replay of the incident(s).

When viewing the match preview screen you can view all of the statistical and historical events which may happen over the course of the game by selecting 'View' -> 'Milestones'.

The split view panel enables you to select which two panels you wish to view on the match screen. You may change the type of panel displayed in the split view by using the drop-down menus at the top of each panel.

When viewing a national team screen you can find out who is considered a star player for the nation by selecting 'Information' from the tree menu.

You can find out a club's fierce rivals and other rivals on the club information screen.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'PR' icon indicates that the player has reacted to a media comment.

When viewing a team screen, players listed in a faded blue are currently out on loan at another club.

You can view all the past goalscorers from a previous match by selecting 'Views' -> 'Goalscorers' while at your team's fixtures and results screen.

In order to submit an international squad you can select 'Confirm Squad' from either the news item that asks for the squad submission, or by the actions menu available on the squad screen itself.

To restore column sorting on the Squad and/or Tactics screens to their defaults, simply hold down the Shift button on your keyboard before clicking 'Pkd', 'Position', and then finally 'Name'.

Clicking on the national flag icon on any screen will take you to the nation overview screen.

When a player is listed in dark red, it indicates he is currently on your shortlist.

When a player is listed in faded blue, it indicates he is currently on loan at a club.

When a player is listed in brown, it indicates he is currently co-owned by another club.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Unh' icon indicates that the player is currently unhappy.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Ine' icon indicates that the player is ineligible to play in the next match.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Int' icon indicates that the player is currently away on international duty.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Lmp' icon indicates that the player is lacking in match practice.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Inj' icon indicates that the player is currently injured.

When viewing a team screen or person list, a 'Unf' icon indicates that the player is not fully fit.

Full player status information can be seen by selecting the 'View' menu and then 'Full Player Status' when on the squad screen.

To compare attributes and statistics between two players, go to the first player's profile, navigate to the 'Comparison' tab and choose a player from the drop-down menu.

To quit the game go to 'FM' -> 'Quit Game' from the menubar. Why would you want to do that though?!

When adding a manager to the game you can take control of a random team by clicking on 'Pick a Team for Me'.

When viewing a player profile you can take a look at his injury history by selecting the 'Injuries' sub-tab from the 'History' tab.

When viewing a player profile, you can analyse his performances for the season in more detail by selecting 'Stats' from the tab menu.

When viewing a player's profile from your team you can view a coach report by selecting 'Reports' from the menubar.

When viewing a team screen you can check the club's past competition history by selecting 'Competitions' from the 'History' tab on the menubar.

When viewing a team screen you can view a list of staff at the club by selecting the 'Staff' tab on the menubar.

When viewing player profiles, you can see a graphical representation instead of numbers by enabling 'Display attributes as bar chart instead of 1-20' on the 'User Interface' screen in the 'Preferences' section.

When viewing the 'Add New Manager' screen you can set a favourite club by using the 'Favourite Team' option.

When viewing the 'Add New Manager' screen you can set a second nationality for your manager by using the 'Second Nationality' option.


When viewing the Main Menu, selecting 'Load Last Game' will load the most recently saved game.

When viewing the match overview screen, selecting on the number indicating the minute a goal was scored will show a replay of the goal. Please note, this is only available if the match has been played in a competition (or appropriate stage) set to use Full Detail.

When viewing the preferences screen you can change the currency displayed in the game by changing the 'Currency' option in the 'General' section of the 'Overview' tab.

When viewing the tactics screen, customise your formation by selecting the 'Overview' sub-tab before dragging and dropping players into various positions the pitch.

When viewing the team screen you can see the player's current season statistics by selecting 'View' -> 'Stats' and selecting the desired competition type.

When viewing your manager Home screen you can customise which panels are visible by selecting another panel in the dropdown menu on each of the panels.

When viewing your team screen you can hide the attackers from the squad list by selecting 'Show Filters' and deselecting 'Attackers' from the 'Squads' section.

When viewing your team screen you can hide the defenders from the squad list by selecting 'Show Filters' and deselecting 'Defenders' from the 'Squads' section.

When viewing your team screen you can hide the goalkeepers from the squad list by selecting 'Show Filters' and deselecting 'Goalkeepers' from the 'Squads' section.

When viewing your team screen you can hide the midfielders from the squad list by selecting 'Show Filters' and deselecting 'Midfielders' from the 'Squads' section.

When viewing your team screen you can hide the players unavailable for the next game by selecting 'Show Filters' and deselecting 'Unavailable' from the 'Hide Players' section.

When viewing your team screen you can hide the players who are on loan or on trial at the club by selecting 'Show Filters' and deselecting 'On loan or trial' from the 'Hide Players' section.

You can access the game status screen at any time by pressing Shift and the G key at the same time on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use

You can access the player search screen at any time by pressing F5 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can access your Inbox at any time by pressing F4 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can access your club information screen at any time by pressing F11 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can access your first-team fixtures screen at any time by pressing F10 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can access your first-team squad at any time by pressing F3 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can access your home screen at any time by pressing F2 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can access your scout search screen at any time by pressing F7 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can access your shortlist screen at any time by pressing F6 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can access your staff screen at any time by pressing F8 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can access your transfers screen at any time by pressing F9 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

You can add a new human manager to the game at any time by selecting 'Add New Manager' from the 'FM' menu.

You can change the look of the game by selecting 'FM' -> 'Preferences' and then the 'User Interface' sub-tab

You can change your default home page by selecting 'Bookmark' -> 'Set this page as home page' from the 'Manager' menu.

You can customise the keyboard shortcuts used in the game by selecting 'FM' -> 'Preferences' from the menubar, then the 'Shortcuts' sub-tab on the 'Preferences' screen.


You can find out the general personality of a squad on the team information screen.

You can find out where a team plays, its stadium capacity and lots of other information on the Information tab.

You can keep an eye on what your club's board think of the job you're doing by visiting the board room screen. Select the 'Team' dropdown and then 'Board Room' from the menubar.

You can save your game by holding down [%control#1] and pressing the 'S' key on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are enabled.

You can save your game by selecting 'FM' -> 'Save Game'.

You can select more than one player and perform multiple actions on them by holding down [%control#1] and clicking the table row indicator to the left of a player's name.

You can view all the transfers from around the game world by selecting 'World' -> 'Transfers' from the menubar and then selecting a continent.

You can view the annual player awards in the game by selecting 'World' -> 'Awards' from the menubar and then selecting a continent.

You can wrap up a press conference when you want, provided you have answered enough questions to satisfy the journalists who have gathered there.

At your fixtures and results screen you can opt to view specific competitions by clicking the 'Show Filters' button and choosing the required competition.

Various statistical information such as the best passer in your team is kept on the 'Information' screen and can be seen by selecting 'Report' -> 'Stats' from the Team screen.

When viewing a player profile, you can view their favoured personnel and the players they have good relationships with by selecting the 'Information' section from their 'Overview' tab.

When viewing a player's profile you can check to see what positions he can play in by selecting 'Overview' and then 'Information'.

You can add other teams' players to your shortlist by right-clicking on them and selecting 'Lists' then 'Add To Shortlist' from the pop-up menu.

When viewing your tactics screen you can delete, import and export your tactics by selecting 'Options' -> 'Manage Tactics...' from the squad list.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up a priority order for your captains by selecting 'Tactics' -> 'Captains' from the squad panel and dragging players onto the list.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up a priority order for your left and right corner takers by selecting 'Tactics' -> 'Set Pieces' from the squad panel and dragging players onto the list.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up a priority order for your left and right throw in takers by selecting 'Tactics' -> 'Set Pieces' from the squad panel and dragging players onto the list.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up a priority order of penalty takers by selecting 'Tactics' -> 'Penalties' from the squad panel and dragging players onto the list.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up generic left and right set-piece routines by selecting 'Tactics' -> 'Set Pieces' from the tactics panel.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up specific defensive corner instructions for players by selecting 'View' -> 'Defending Corners' from the players panel.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up specific free kick attacking instructions for players by selecting 'View' -> 'Attacking Free Kicks' from the players panel.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up specific free kick defensive instructions for players by selecting 'View' -> 'Defending Free Kicks' from the players panel.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up specific left sided attacking throw in instructions for players by selecting 'View' -> 'Attacking Throw Ins (L)' from the players panel.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up specific right sided attacking throw in instructions for players by selecting 'View' -> 'Attacking Throw Ins (R)' from the players panel.

It is easy to repeat any incidents missed in a match or relive those excellent moments. Use the timebar to simply scroll backwards and forwards through the match time.

When playing with more than one human manager you can switch users by selecting 'Manager' -> 'Change User' from the menubar.

You can find out the average age of a squad by clicking on a team's squad screen, followed by 'Report' and then the 'Facts' sub-tab.

When viewing your tactics screen you can remove a picked player by selecting him from the 'Player' column and choosing either somebody else or selecting 'Remove From Position'.

When viewing a player profile, you can analyse his performances for the season in more detail by selecting 'Stats' from the 'Reports' menu.

When viewing the tactics screen you can save the current tactic to your list of custom tactics by selecting the downward-facing arrow on the tactic name and selecting 'Save' or 'Manage Tactics' to 'Save As'.

When viewing the tactics screen, customise your formation by selecting the 'Overview' menu option before dragging and dropping players into various positions the pitch.

When viewing your manager Home screen you can customise which panels are visible by clicking the downward-facing arrow to the top right of each individual panel and selecting another.

You can access the in-game Help system at any time by clicking on the '?' icon on any screen where it appears active underneath the 'Continue' button.

You can change your default home page by selecting 'Bookmark' -> 'Set this page as home page' from the 'World' menu.

You can find out the general personality of a squad on the 'General' screen from the team's 'Overview' dropdown.

You can resign from your current team by selecting 'Resign' from the 'My Contract' menu on the Home screen.

You can retire from the game and remove your manager completely from the game world, by selecting the 'Retire' option from 'My Profile' on the Home screen.

You can view all the transfers from around the game world by selecting the 'World' menu then selecting a continent before finally selecting 'Transfers'.

You can view the annual player awards in the game by selecting the 'World' menu before selecting a continent and then finally 'Awards'.

You can see a detailed form breakdown for any player in your squad by selecting the 'Reports' Menu bar option and then 'Form'.

You can view the international world rankings by selecting the 'World' menu, followed by 'World', and then 'Rankings' from the left-most column.

You can add other teams' players to your shortlist by right-clicking on them and selecting 'Add To Shortlist' from the pop-up menu.

When viewing your tactics screen you can delete, import and export your tactics by selecting 'Manage Tactics...' from the dropdown menu on each created tactic.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up a priority order for your captains by selecting the 'Captains' option from the Menu bar on the Tactics screen.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up a priority order of penalty takers by selecting 'Set Pieces' -> 'Penalties' from the Tactics screen and dragging players onto the list accordingly.

You can find out the average age of a squad by clicking on a team's squad screen, followed by 'Team Report' and then the 'Facts' sub-tab.

You can find out the estimated value of a club on the 'General' screen from the team's 'Overview' dropdown.

You can find out the kit colours of a club on the club Overview screen.

When viewing a national team screen you can find out who are considered the top players for the nation from the appropriate panel on their 'Overview' screen.

You can place job advertisements for staff by visiting the 'Staff' section from the Sidebar and then 'Place Advert' from within 'Job Centre'.

When playing with more than one human manager you can switch users by selecting 'Change Manager' from the 'FM' menu.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up specific free kick instructions for players by selecting 'Set Pieces' -> 'Free Kicks' from the Menu bar on the Tactics screen.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up specific corner instructions for players by selecting 'Set Pieces' -> 'Corners' from the Menu bar on the Tactics screen.

When viewing your tactics screen you can set up specific throw-in instructions for players by selecting 'Set Pieces' -> 'Throw-Ins' from the Menu bar on the Tactics screen.

When viewing the 'Add New Manager' screen you can set up to three additional favourite clubs from the 'Likes' sub-tab.

A wealth of statistical information on your team can be found in the Team Report section.

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