How to install and use
The Sims 4 Tool Mod is an acronym for ‘Takes Objects Off Lot’. This The Sims 4 mod basically allows you to have more real estate space and place objects in the surrounding areas of your terrain, beyond the predefined grid. This is a handy mod to install if you want to add or remove scenery that doesn’t fit well with your builds. To learn how to download it for your game, read on.
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The Sims 4: Tools Module
The Tool Mod was created by sim modder TwistedMexi and can be downloaded from their Patreon page here.
The mod has recently been updated to include the new High school years pack. You will need to update the Tool Mod if you haven’t already after the new extension release.
In The Sims 4, the construction mode is limited to a grid in which you can only build inside. This may limit players if they want to build a styled house and change the neighborhood accordingly. With this mod you can remove pre-placed items from the Maxis.
A bonus for the mod is the ability to rotate any element on both axes. In The Sims rotation is usually aligned with the grid, you can rotate smoothly with cheats. However, with the Tool Mod, you can rotate an object to any degree at any angle, which provides a great creative opportunity for sim builders.
The Tool Mod also brings the ability to elevate any terrain object and change apartment windows if you have The Sims 4: City Living installed. You can also use it to decorate balconies that exceed the parameters of the terrain.
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The Sims 4 Mod Tool: How to Install
TwistedMexi’s Tool Mod can be downloaded from their Patreon page here.
The mod will only work if you enable cheats in your game before using it. To enable cheats, open the cheat box and type “testingcheats true”.
TwistedMexi also has a mod that automatically enables cheats, so you don’t have to type the command repeatedly. This mod can also be found via their Boss page.
Make sure that script mods are enabled in your The Sims 4 game options menu. Also be sure to unzip the file manually without using any other tool, do this by opening the tool folder and dragging it to your mods folder. It will probably be at:
Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods
To bring up the tool options menu in your game, press shift and click on any surface. To bring up the Tool menu to adjust the position or rotation of an object, press Shift and click on the element in question.
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The Sims 4 Tool Mod: How to Move Objects
To first move an object with this mod, enable cheats in your game. Then press shift and click on the object you want to move. Hit “move” in the tool options and a grid will appear around your object with a green line to symbolize the X axis and a red line to symbolize the Y axis.
A pop-up will also appear asking you to enter a numerical sum for the X and Y axes. To do this, simply count the number of squares above or below then left or right of where your object is. to where you want it to be. For example, if you want to move a plant four squares up and one square to the right of its original location, you would type 4, 1 in the Move Object box.
The object displacement grid is automatically set to green and red. For people who are color blind or visually impaired, you can change the color of the X and Y axes to one of your choice in the Tool Settings menu.
Once you’ve used the grid to move an object, you can use the mod’s “Gravity Pull” feature to slightly adjust the placement of the object. To do this, ALT click on the ground to move the item forward, backward, or side to side. This allows for smaller adjustments to the location of the element if it’s not exactly where you want it.