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GUI stands for "Graphical User Interface". It is a generic computer term for on-screen displays and buttons. Commands entered by typing them instead of clicking on them are referred to as "Command Line Interface" (CLI) as opposed to the graphical GUI.

  • For a list of CLI commands used in TSW, see Commands.
  • For a list of keyboard shortcuts used to access GUI components via keystrokes instead of mouse clicks, see Keyboard Layout.

The basic components of the GUI are explained below



These are the icons on the main window that you see the majority of the time.

Always Present

Some items are always displayed on this main screen:

  • Menu Button - Gives you access to the main menu
  • Compass - Shows the direction you are facing
  • Latency - Uses a symbol similar to cell-phone bars to display your Latency
  • Clock - The clock can show either in-game or real-world time. Clicking on the time switches between the two.
  • Chat Window - Used for chatting with other players, combat information, messages, and other text-based information. See Chat window for more details
  • Your Information
    • Health Bar - Your current and maximum health. As you are wounded the health bar will decrease as well as change colors so that you can easily get an estimate of your current health without having to read the numbers
    • Status Effects - There is an icon for Hindered, Afflicted, Weakened, and Impaired. These will light up whenever you are suffering from one of these effects. See Status Effect for more information on Status effects.
  • Active Ability Hotbar - This is where you Active Abilties are displayed. You can also click on the abilities from here to use them. See Ability for more information on abilities.

Sometimes Present

Other items may show up depending on what you are currently doing:

  • Your Information - Additional icons and information may show up around your healthbar
  • Mini-map - This will almost always be there, but on occasion there are a few areas that do not have mini-maps available. See Mini-map for more details on the maps features and functions
  • Objective Marker - Some missions will have their objective marked on your map. If they do, there will also be a marker showing direction and distance to your objective. This marker will be color-coded based on the mission type. If the mission does not display it's objective location there will not be a marker, and for missions that do have them, while you are within 15 meters of the objective the marker will disappear.
  • Mission Tracker - The name may be confused with the objective marker, but this is where your currently active missions are displayed. The one you last accepted or most recently selected will be displayed under you mini-map. You can see you other current mission by moving your cursor to the right-hand of the screen, and the other active missions will slide out from the side where you can then select them. Clicking on a mission will bring up it's entry in your Mission Journal
  • Notifications - Some events create notification icons
    • Orange AP = Unspent Ability Points
    • Blue SP = Unspent Skill Points
    • Yellow Honeycomb - New Lore learned
    • Brown Box - Delivered items. New Item Store items have been delivered to your character and need to be picked up
    • Green Star & Laurel - You have accomplished a new Achievement
  • Offensive Target information - This will only appear while you have an enemy target selected. The following can show up in that area:
    • Healthbar - which works the same as your own bar
    • Status Effect icons, similar to your own
    • Icons for any Buffs or Debuffs currently on the target
    • Casting bar whenever they are casting an ability.
    • Resource Points currently on the target if you are using a Ranged Weapon
  • Defensive Target information - If you have a friendly target selected this will show up.
  • Group Panel - This shows all of the health, status effect, and buff information for all members in your Group. It is only visible when you are in a group. You can hide this panel by clicking on the triangle at the top of the panel. See Group for more information.
  • Raid Panel - By default, this shows all of the health, status effect, and buff information all members in your Raid. It is only visible when you are in a group that is part of a raid. There is a triangle icon in the upper-right of the panel that lets you select various options for what is displayed. See Raid for more information.
  • Need/Greed Windows - If you are in a group or raid, and a monster is killed that drops a loot item that meets the criteria (See group for loot options), there will be a window that pops up to display the item stats and ask you if you want to roll Need or Greed for that item.

Main Menu

Character Sheet

Available via the Main Menu or the "C" hot-key

This panel has several functions

  • Title - You can choose which title you've earned is displayed under your name to other players - See title
  • Character Statistics - You can see your various character - See Character Statistics
  • Faction Rank - You can see what rank you are with your faction, what you need for your next rank, and what rewards you've earned - See Faction rank
  • Gear Management - You can save equipped sets of abilities and gear, and load those sets - See Gear Manager
  • Dressing Room - From here you equip various cosmetic clothing items you've earned or bought - See Dressing Room
  • Equipment - This is where you can see what Weapons and Talismans you have equipped, unequip them, or equip new ones


Available via the Main Menu or the "I" hot-key.

These are the bags where you store items you've bought or looted.

You can create or destroy bags to help you separate your inventory, and you can "pin" bags open so that when you close your inventory pinned bags will remain open - allowing you access to inventory items for missions and such without all of your bags being opened. Bags can also be re-sized as desired. Additional bag space is bought by using the "Expand Size Limit" button.

You can also see how much money (Pax Romana) you have at the bottom of your main bag, or use the "Tokens" button to see how much of the various other in-game Currency tokens you have.

There are also icons for auto-sorting your inventory, searching your inventory, and others. For more details, see Inventory


Mission Journal

Available via the Main Menu or the "J" hot-key.

The mission journal shows details for every mission you've ever accepted. You can use the drop-down selector to filter on They are broken down into current, paused, and finished missions. If you select Finished missions you can filter further based on the zone they are acquired in. It will also give you a count of the number of missions finished in a region - useful for checking to see if you have completed all missions in a given region.

For more details, see Mission Journal


Assembly Panel

Available via the Main Menu or the "Y" hot-key

Assembly is the term TSW uses for crafting. The assembly panel is where you do all of your crafting.

In addition to crafting various useful items for your own use, the assembly window is occasionally needed for assembling and disassembling items during missions.

See Assembly for more details.



Available via the Main Menu or the "L" hot-key.

This panel has two components - one for displaying Achievements and one for displaying Lore. The achievements portion of the panel will show you all of the achievements you've earned as well as all of the ones it is possible to earn and what the requirements are for each. The Lore portion of the panel will show you what groups of lore are available in the game, and will show the text for any lore honeycomb you've found.

For more information on achievements - See Achievement For more information on lore - See Lore


Friends Panel

Available via the Main Menu or the "Shift-F" hot-key

The friends panel contains three tabs -

  • Friends - Characters you have friended
  • Cabal - Characters that are members of your Cabal
  • Ignored - Characters you have ignored

Characters online currently show up in green, characters that are not are in red. Right-clicking characters names gives various options.

For more details - See Friends Panel


Cabal Panel

Available via the Main Menu or the "Shift-G" hot-key

The Cabal panel lets you form a cabal, gives you various information about a cabal you have joined, or perform various cabal management functions (based on your rank within the cabal). Oddly though, the list of cabal members online is found via the Friends Panel rather than the Cabal Panel.

For more information about Cabals - See Cabal


In-game Browser

Available via the Main Menu or the "B" hot-key

Many aspects of The Secret World require access to real-world information, trivia, and sometimes downright obscure information. Using the in-game browser allows you to do research for missions without switching from the game to other windows on your computer.

The browser is a stripped down build, with only basic functionality -- A forward and backwards button, an address bar, and a search box. It does not support any sort of add-ons, does not have a history, does not have bookmarks. It can play youtube videos, cannot display flash.

The default web page for the browser is


Item Store

Available via the Main Menu or "," (comma) hot-key.

The Item Store is the in-game Microtransaction store that allows you to spend real-world money on in-game items.

The majority of items are Clothing and Pets, but you can also by DLC from each Issues, Titles, Server Transfers, Name Changes, and other items.

See Item Store for more information.


Delivered Items

Available via the Main Menu or "/delivereditems" CLI command

The Delivered Items panel is used primarily by the Item Store to hold items you have bought that did not go directly into your inventory. Often when you buy something account-wide, this is used by the characters you were not using when the purchase was made.

There are columns for the items icon, name, when it expires and disappears, and where it came from - although typically the "origin" field is never filled in.



Available via the Main Menu or "P" hot-key.

The Player vs. Player window is used for queuing for the various Player vs. Player zones. You can select the zone you want to join and use "Enter Warzone" to queue for that zone.

From here you can also get various information about the Player vs. Player zones, such as which faction won the most last hour, which are winning the most matches this hour, what the rewards are for participating in each zone, a summary of each zone, etc.



Available via the Main Menu or via the "/petition" CLI command

The help screen serves 2 main purposes:

  1. General help and FAQs - It is broken down into general categories - Tutorials, Technical Support, General Information, and In-game support - as well as having a search field where you can try to find an answer based on keywords.
  2. Petitions - From the main help window, there is a button in the upper-right that allows you to petition for in-game help. You will fill out a box with what you need help with, and the window will recommend some FAQ articles that may help your based on what it saw in your request. If those don't help, you continue to submit the request and a GM will attempt to address the issue.


While there are numerous vendors selling different items, and accepting different forms of Currency, the panel used when interacting all vendors is laid out the same for every vendor.

There are three tabs across the top - "Buy", "Sell", and "Repair". Across the bottom is total number of all forms of Currency you currently have (regardless of what type the vendor accepts).

On the Buy Tab - There are columns for an Item Icon, Name of the Item, Quality Level of the item, and the item price, as well as icons for the currency type needed to purchase the item. You can sort the columns by Name, QL, or Price. Additionally, there are check boxes under the list of items to allow you to filter them on only items you can currently purchase, only items you can currently use, or both. There is also buttons for "Preview" so that if it is a clothing type item you can see how it would look on your character.

On the Sell Tab - The items displayed here are ones in your inventory. Again, there is an icon, Name, QL, and Price column, and you can sort by Name, QL, or Price. For some reason, there is a Usable checkbox on the bottom - allowing you to only display usable items. Although, odds are you're wanting to sell items you can't use, rather than hide them and keep them... There is also a buyback button, which will allow you to buyback items you have mistakenly sold. However, there is no way to see what items you have previously sold, and you buy them back in reverse order that you sold them.

On the Repair Tab - The items displayed here are ones in your inventory that have taken damage. Icon, Name, QL, and Price columns. In this case, the price column is the cost to repair. If you are short on funds you can highlight and item and click repair to repair it. Otherwise, you can use "Repair All" to repair all damaged items at once.



The Bank panel is used for multiple functions. It has tabs for your personal Bank, your Cabal Bank (if you are in a Cabal, the Post Office for sending and receiving mail, and the Auction House.

The Bank tab is labeled "Store and Sell". It is used like a bank normally is, but it also temporarily stores items that you are sending to someone else via mail or posted for sale in in the Auction House. These items that you have up for sale or in the mail consume bank spaces until they are either received by the person you sent them to or are sold. You can buy more space by using the "Expand Size Limit" button.

The Auction House tab is labeled "Buy". You can filter based on item type (and sub-type), Quality Level, and name, as well as filtering on usable items only. Once you define what you're searching for, you see a list of results where you can sort on item icon, item name, Quality Level, time until the auction expires, price, or seller name.

The Post Office tab is labeled as "Postal Service". You can see mail you've received from others, including who it is from, when you received it, when it will be automatically deleted, and a summary of the message. Clicking on a mail item lets you see the entire message, what items or money has been attached to the mail, and lets you detach any money/items.

The Cabal Bank works almost exactly like the personal bank. But, only Cabal officers have full control over it, and your ability to add to or take from the cabal bank is dependent on your level in your Cabal.


Cabal Bank

The Cabal Bank uses the same panel as the personal Bank

Post Office

The Post Office uses the same panel as the Bank

Auction House

The Auction House uses the same panel as the Bank


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