How To Use Weapons In EvE Online

I spent some time a few months ago meditating on this Reddit post:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/3zbahu/. It confirms
what I already knew: EvE Online has a completely
undiscoverable UI. So let's summarize the information in the
comments there under the topic of "How To Use
Weapons". Please see the article for specific attributions.

I am told that Alt-F4 enters a mode where your ship can be
controlled with an XBox or PS4 controller. I haven't tried
this and don't know how it works. I assume that all of the
weapons stuff could be on there somehow.

  • Target Locking:

    • Click an object on screen or in overview and then click the target icon in the object window.
    • Control-click the object on screen or in overview.
    • Control-click an effect shown above your capacitor.
  • Target Unlocking:

    • Click the target unlock icon in the object window.
    • Control-shift-click the object on screen or in overview. Control must be pressed first.
    • Control-shift-click an effect shown above your capacitor. Control must be pressed first.
  • Target Locking/Unlocking:

    • Set up your control key as a "Toggle Lock" modifier.
  • Locked Target Selection:

    • Click on the object window of the target you want to select.
    • Use Alt-left to move the target selection to the object left of the currently-select object.
    • Use Alt-right to move the target selection to the object right of the currently-select object.
    • "You end up with the 'active' target the target you first get to lock, not the target you clicked on first, even though you are 'active' on another target in the overview. In all other cases, overview targets being locked, switching in the overview switches active target."
  • Activating a Weapon On The Currently Selected Locked Target:

    • Click on the weapon.
    • Use the function key of the weapon.
  • Deactivating a Weapon On The Currently Selected Locked Activated Target:

    • Click on the weapon.
    • Use the function key of the weapon.
    • "Click the icon below the target".
  • Overheating a Weapon:

    • Click the red area at the top of the weapon.
    • Click the rack overheat to the left of the rack of the weapon. Overheats the whole rack.
    • Shift-click the weapon.
  • Un-overheating an Overheated Weapon:

    • Click the red area at the top of the weapon.
    • Click the rack overheat to the left of the rack of the weapon when the rack is overheated. Un-overheats the whole rack.
    • Shift-click the weapon.