How to change the layout of your HUD

One of the most important aspects of any MMORPG is customizing the HUD to access important information with little to no effort, and Final fantasy 14 is no different. Everything from changes in quality of life, to adjusting the size and placement of certain things, is essential for every player, but ultimately falls under the eye of the beholder.

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While this is 100% up to your personal preferences and no HUD is for everyone, there are a few things you might want to consider doing once you get into high-level gaming. There will be many cases where you will need to know what attack the enemy is about to unleash, what buffs or ailments you currently have, and a large number of other things that can mean life or death to you. and your team in a raid or other endgame content.


The basics

The Hero of Light looks over the ledge with his loyal minion friend Mameshiba in Final Fantasy 14

The main goal that you should have when creating a good HUD is to have important information at your disposal at a glance, rather than having to focus your attention on your entire screen. That said, none of it matters if the layout isn’t comfortable for you. We all have different preferences, so feel free to adjust anything that feels unpleasant to you. if needed!

However, let’s say you take on more complex endgame activities like Raids, Extreme Trials, and Wild Raids. In this case, you should try to have some of the most crucial information towards the middle of the screen if possible—Items such as target information, status information, work gauge, and focus target bar. Having this information easily accessible at a glance can save your life and the life of your team and keep you from wiping out in hectic times.

In addition, We won’t go over keyboard shortcuts in this guide, but it will also depend on your personal preferences and comfort. While we’ll cover hotbars and their locations, how you decide to set your skills is entirely up to you and the job you’re playing at.

Useful information

The HUD layout menu in Final Fantasy 14

When tuning your HUD, you’ll want about an hour to an hour and a half setback as it will take a while to get everything where you want it. There are plenty of ways for you to change the layout of your HUD, and you might want to experiment with a few things accordingly. For example, you can change the size and shape of each Hotbar and place various skills and controls aside in a small box to avoid being overwhelmed by everything on the screen.

One important thing to note is the ability to resize just about anything on your HUD, allowing you to cut down on some of the “non-essential” items to make your screen feel and look less cluttered. We recommend that you take the following menus, cut them down to around 60% and keep them away:

  • Homework list
  • Mini card
  • Scenario guide
  • Server Info
  • Gil
  • Inventory
  • Main Menu
  • Opinion

These menus are mostly placed at the outer edges of the screen, with the vast majority of them near the corners. We recommend that you place them with the same philosophy in mind to avoid unnecessary clutter or obstructing important information. Use the image above to get a rough estimate of their location, and rearrange them to whatever makes you most comfortable.

Target information

Placement of the Target Info HUD in Final Fantasy 14

One of the most critical information presented on your HUD will be the “Target bar,” Who will show things like HP, progress bar, and your current target’s status. However, you can – and should – improve this menu by doing the following: System> HUD Layout> Target Bar> Check the “Show target information separately” checkbox. This will separate each of the previously mentioned statistics in separate bars, allowing you to move them wherever you want on the screen.

The general rule of thumb is to have Target HP, Target Progress Bar, and Target Status near the middle of the screen and your character. This will Gives you quick access to information such as the current Debuffs placed on the target, what they are about to cast, and how much health they currently have left. While it’s up to you where you place them, we recommend that you place them in an area where your eyes won’t have to travel too much to see them. The information presented in each bar is essential and can mean the difference between life and death. Refer to the image above for the “recommended” HUD layout for target information. Remember, you need to place them where you feel most comfortable, but with the same goal in mind, to have valuable information easily accessible at a glance.

Main shortcut bars

Main shortcut bar placement recommendation in Final Fantasy 14

While this doesn’t apply to everyone, we strongly encourage you to change the default hotbar configuration if you want to clean up some of the space and clutter. As for your main shortcut bars, the ones you link your skills to for battles, you’ll want to keep them at the bottom middle of the screen, but shrink them down a bit to free up space. You can achieve this by reducing them to 60% or 80% and changing their grid layout. (System> HUD Layout> Shortcut Bars 1-3> 100% to 60%> Choose the preferred grid layout)

You can stack three 12×1 Hotbars on top of each other like the image above, three 6×2 Hotbars side by side, a variation of the two, or something completely different. However, if you’re relatively new to the game or genre, we recommend keeping it simple until you’ve mastered your keyboard shortcuts and the general HUD layout. For everyone else, we recommend keeping it down-middle and out of the way to prevent it clashing with other vital info windows. If you’re not at max level with your current job – like the Reaper pictured above – be sure to leave a few spots open for future abilities on the road! In addition, you will want save space around your main shortcut bars for your work gauges to keep track of them much faster.

Additional tips

A HUD cleaned up in Final Fantasy 14

With the main and most important items out of the way, you might want to clean up some of the other clutter on the screen regarding unused shortcut bar slots, name labels, and more. Adjusting these settings is relatively straightforward and is something we would consider doing if you want a “cleaner” look to your game.

To remove name labels Follow these steps: System> Character setup> Display name settings. Once you are in this menu, you will see four tabs titled Cleaner, others, NPCs and general. We recommend that you go through each tab and change each “Display Name Settings” option to “When Targeted” to get rid of every name tag on the screen, unless you are specifically targeting someone. As always, you can change these settings to your liking and have only your friend’s name displayed, or only NPCs, etc. This recommendation is for those who want a clean look while roaming.

Finally, let’s see how to remove those pesky empty shortcut bar slots that can be an eyesore when there are too many of them. For that, proceed as following : System> Character setup> Shortcut bar settings. Once on this page, you will be on the “Display“from the Settings menu of the quick access bar. Stay on this page, look for the checkboxes under “Toolbar display settings”, and look for the “Hide unassigned locationsCheck this box to remove empty boxes. These locations stay there but won’t display anything until you assign them an order, which will do wonders in removing unnecessary clutter.

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