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Football Manager 2021 Hints and Tips

The complete set of hints and tips exactly as they appear in FM21. First seen here on fmscout.com :)

By on Mar 14, 2021   5087 views   0 comments
Football Manager Hints and Tips - Football Manager 2021 Hints and Tips

FM21 GUI HINTS AND TIPS (Graphical User Interface)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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 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 remove a picked player by selecting him from the 'Player' column and choosing either somebody else or selecting '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.

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 up to three additional favourite clubs from the 'Likes' sub-tab.

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

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

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.

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 first-team squad at any time by pressing F3 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 the player search screen at any time by pressing F5 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 scout search screen at any time by pressing F7 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 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 club information screen at any time by pressing F11 on your keyboard when default keyboard shortcuts are in use.

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.

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

When on any match screen, selecting the number in the Notable Events section indicating the minute a goal was scored will show a replay. 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 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 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 change your default home page by selecting 'Bookmark' -> 'Set this page as home page' from the 'World' menu.

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

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

You can find out a club's fierce rivals and other rivals 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.

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.

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

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

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

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 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 'Unh' icon indicates that the player is currently unhappy.

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 'Ine' icon indicates that the player is ineligible to play in the next match.

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 'Int' icon indicates that the player is currently away on international duty.

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 'Inj' icon indicates that the player is currently injured.

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 'PR' icon indicates that the player has reacted to a media comment.

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 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 'Slt' icon indicates that the player has a slight concern about something.

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

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

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

It is easy to repeat any incidents missed in a match or relive those excellent moments. Use the Notable Events section to view a replay by selecting the minute in which it happened.

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.


Advanced
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.

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'.





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