Even though there are a plethora of options and settings found in Dota’s game interface, there are still several others that are hidden away and can only be used, enabled/disabled, or accessed via the game’s console window. Here’s how you can enable the Dota 2 console.
How to enable the Dota 2 console window
- Open and log in to your Steam account.
- In the Steam dashboard, proceed to the Library and locate Dota 2 among other games in the list.
- Right-click Dota 2 and click Properties.
- Under General Tab, click the Set Launch Options… button.
- In the dialog box that appears, type -console and click OK.
- Run Dota 2. The console window should now appear. If not, invoke it by pressing its hotkey. (The default is the backlash key or \ ).
Alternately, you can use +con_enable 1 in step 5 instead of –console. The difference is that this other command just makes the console window accessible and not make it automatically popping up when Dota 2 launches or starts up. This means you have to press the console hotkey for it to appear.
Remember, Dota 2’s console is an interface where you can input commands to enable or disable certain settings in the game. These include permanently showing the game’s ping and frame rate, range indicator (for hero abilities that greatly rely on range, such has Pudge’s Hook and Windranger’s Powershot), and disabling camera zoom (for those with a very sensitive mouse scroll wheel).
Tip: You can reassign the hotkey for the console window if you often keep on accidently pressing the default key on a frequent basis. That can be really annoying while chatting or especially when in the middle of a clash. To change, simply go to the game settings and proceed to the Hotkeys tab. The hotkey is located in the Player Actions section.