The Sims 4: Removing Plumbobs & Icons

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One of the most used cheats is headlineeffects off. Unfortunately, it removes all plumbobs, social icons, club icons, information boxes and anything else related to the hover effects. Here is a tutorial explaining how you can edit your game to show only the headline effects that you prefer!

❗ Please keep in mind that the Default.ini file will reset with every game update.

1) Open the following folder: Computer > Programs (x86) > Origin Games > The Sims 4 > Game > Bin

2) Inside the “Bin” folder is a file called “Default.ini”.

3) Create a backup of this file by using the Copy/Paste function, and paste the file to your desktop.

4) Rename the file on your desktop to DeafultOriginal.ini. This saves the original file data as is.

5) Open the Default.ini file in the “Bin” folder with Notepad

6) Change the RED numbers to zero value. Including the decimal: 0.00

7) Save the file and the plumbobs/icons will no longer be visible in-game.

To Remove Active Sim’s Plumbob
This is the current Sim that you are playing.

[PlumbBob]
playeractivecolor = 0.43, 0.78, 0.12, 1.00 # green
motivestatered = 1.00, 0.00, 0.00, 1.00 # red
motivestateorange = 1.00, 0.50, 0.00, 1.00 # orange
motivestateyellow = 1.00, 1.00, 0.00, 1.00 # yellow
socialgroup = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 0.50 # white translucent
club = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00 # white
npcclub = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 0.50 # white translucent
ensemble = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00 # white

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To Remove Group Icons
Groups are made when a Sim travels with other Sims to a location or they are added to a group via interactions.

[PlumbBob]
playeractivecolor = 0.43, 0.78, 0.12, 1.00 # green
motivestatered = 1.00, 0.00, 0.00, 1.00 # red
motivestateorange = 1.00, 0.50, 0.00, 1.00 # orange
motivestateyellow = 1.00, 1.00, 0.00, 1.00 # yellow
socialgroup = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 0.50 # white translucent
club = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00 # white
npcclub = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 0.50 # white translucent
ensemble = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00 # white

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To Remove Club Icons
Icons that appear over the Club members during a gathering. Clubs that your active Sim is not in a gathering with is called NPC Clubs and edited in the appropriate line. You can edit these to have only your active Sim’s Club icon show, only NPC Club icons show, or neither.

[PlumbBob]
playeractivecolor = 0.43, 0.78, 0.12, 1.00 # green
motivestatered = 1.00, 0.00, 0.00, 1.00 # red
motivestateorange = 1.00, 0.50, 0.00, 1.00 # orange
motivestateyellow = 1.00, 1.00, 0.00, 1.00 # yellow
socialgroup = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 0.50 # white translucent
club = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00 # white
npcclub = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 0.50 # white translucent
ensemble = 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00 # white

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