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Inventory pop up screen
A filled and sorted inventory
Chest inventory

The inventory is the pop-up menu that the player uses to manage items they carry. From this screen a player can equip armor, craft items on a 2×2 grid, and equip tools, blocks and items. The player's skin is also displayed here.


The inventory is opened and closed by pressing the E key (Y button on the Xbox 360, PlayStationTriangle.svg in PS3, and ••• in Pocket Edition). This key can be changed from the in-game options menu. The inventory can also be closed with the Esc key.

The inventory consists of 4 armor slots, 27 storage slots, and 9 hotkey slots. Items in the hotkey slots can be selected during play using the keyboard (keys 19) or mousewheel, and placed or wielded with the mouse buttons.

Most items can stack up to a maximum of 64 in one slot. Tools (with the exception of clocks and compasses) cannot be stacked. Certain items, such as snowballs, buckets, eggs, signs and Ender Pearls are special and can only stack up to 16.

Items can be dropped into the world by clicking outside the inventory window while holding items, or by closing the inventory with items either held or placed in the 2×2 crafting grid. Items dropped in the game world will disappear after 5 minutes if not collected, but items placed using the right mouse button will not. Chests can be used to extend your inventory space, but they must be placed in the game world before they can be used.

Armor is only considered equipped when it is in an armor slot; when in any of the regular inventory slots, it is not considered "worn" and does not offer protection.

Inventory is saved on multiplayer servers, so that players' personal inventory, chests, etc. are saved when you leave, allowing the players to continue where they left off.

Items have tooltips displaying their name if the cursor is hovered over the item.

Managing inventory[edit]

To split a stack, right click the stack. If the stack is an odd quantity, then it will leave the smaller part (for example, when right-clicking 7 items in one slot, then you will grab 4 items and leave 3 items). This leaves half the stack on the square and allows you to move the other half.

Conversely, while holding a stack in the inventory, right click can be used to place just one item anywhere on the inventory grid.

Also, one way to quickly move and craft items is by holding ⇧ Shift and clicking on the item. By doing so while a chest is open, the item stack will immediately go into the chest that you have open. And if you ⇧ Shift click on an item in the chest, the stack will enter your inventory. If you do this with only your inventory open ⇧ Shift click will move the item stack between the hot bar and your inventory. Specifically, if you wish to move an item from anywhere, directly to a specific position on the hotbar, hover over the item(s) and press any key 19, which in turn corresponds to any of the 9 positions on the hotbar. If there is an item already on that specific hotbar position, it will simply exchange it out.

Double click items to fill the stack up as much as possible.

To move all items of one kind into a chest from your inventory (and vice versa), pick up any item, hold ⇧ Shift, and double click one of the items (or a stack) of the items you want to move.

Drag item stacks around with the right mouse button to place one of that stack in each dragged-over slot, if that slot is not occupied already. Dragging items around with the left mouse button in the same way instead divides the stack equally over the dragged-over slots. In Creative mode, dragging items with the middle mouse button will place a full stack of the item in each dragged-over slot.

Pressing the 'drop' key (default Q) while the mouse is hovering over an item in the inventory or a container will drop one item. Holding control and pressing Q while hovering over a slot in the inventory or container that has one or more items, will consequently drop/toss the entire stack of items. While venturing without the full inventory open, the same can be applied for the selected item(s) being held from the hotbar.

Held armor can be equipped by right-clicking.

Creative mode[edit]

Creative mode item selection screen (opened to the search tab)

In Creative mode, the inventory contains all blocks and items from Survival (with some exceptions, like dragon eggs or command blocks). The player can pick up blocks from here to use endlessly or drop things right in the menu to remove them.

Clicking on something more than once will give them a stack of that block or item. Right-clicking a block or item will give the player a full stack. Pressing a number key while hovering over an item will instantly place that item into the quick select slot that corresponds with the number.

The Creative inventory screen is sorted into 10 sections: 'Building Blocks', 'Decoration Blocks', 'Redstone', 'Transportation', 'Miscellaneous', 'Foodstuffs', 'Tools', 'Combat', 'Brewing' and 'Materials'. There is also a search box (compass icon) and survival inventory tab (chest icon).

Being attacked[edit]

When attacked, your Health above your hot bar will start to dim. And when you open a chest, open a furnace, open a dispenser, or even open a minecart of any type and you are attacked, the inventory will close up. Example: If a zombie attacked you while your inventory was open, it would close up.

External inventories[edit]

Many blocks and some non-player entities have their own inventory-like windows that pop up to allow manipulation of items.


Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Grid Book.png
Taking Inventory Press 'E' to open your inventory. None Open your inventory. The description will match the configured inventory key. None 10G Bronze



0.0.20 The player's inventory could now be accessed by pressing B.
0.24 Breaking blocks allows you to pick them up and place them, thus adding and removing them from your inventory.
0.24_06 The currently selected block in your hot bar now shows up in view.
0.24_07 When no item is selected in the hot bar, the player's arm is now shown.
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 6 Inventory screen test.
January 29, 2010 The player can now view an inventory screen.
The player inventory was the crafting menu, and had same GUI as the current Crafting Table GUI as seen in a video by Notch[1]
You could walk around while having the inventory open.
1.1.0 Inventory is now saved on multiplayer servers.
1.2.0 Crafting Table was added, and the crafting grid in the inventory was replaced with a 2×2 one.
You could place items in the 2×2 crafting grid and they would stay there when the inventory was closed.
1.0 Items now have tooltips displaying their name if the cursor is hovered over the item.
Items placed in the crafting grid are now dropped simultaneously when the inventory is closed.
1.4 The default key for opening the inventory is now E instead of I because Notch found it to be much more efficient.[2]
1.8 The inventory in Creative Mode became an Item selection page with all items and no character, similar to one in the Classic 0.30 Creative Mode.
Picking up a block in Creative Mode with a full hotbar puts it in an inventory like the one in Survival mode. The only way to see it was to open a block with an own inventory.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre4 The gray frame surrounding the hotkey items becomes white and the semi-transparent black background becomes completely transparent when the player holds a Golden Apple or an Enchanted Item.
This also happens when you look at a Primed TNT, a Painting or an Enderman.
Beta 1.9-pre5 The previous bug was fixed.
1.2.4 The body parts drawings have been reintroduced in the armor pieces.
1.3.1 12w21b The Creative inventory menu is now organized into 10 categories: Building blocks, Decoration blocks, Redstone, Transportation, Miscellaneous, Foodstuffs, Tools, Combat, Brewing, and Materials.
The Survival-mode inventory is also accessible. The inventory button does not close the inventory and instead opens search tab, so the player has to press Esc instead.
12w22a The orientation of tools/weapons/items were changed from being oriented towards the left to being oriented towards the right.
The player can wear and remove armor in creative mode
The Search tab does not automatically open up unless the player presses their chat key, allowing the inventory to be closed with the normal inventory key again.


Issues relating to "Inventory" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


Death while you are in your inventory
  • If the inventory is opened when the player dies, the avatar will fall over and have a red tinge.
  • When bed sleeping or riding a pig, horse, boat or minecart and the inventory screen is accessed, the avatar will be shown in the respective position. However, the current skin used stays the same.
  • In the Item Selection screen, some items and blocks are missing, such as huge mushroom blocks, dragon eggs and mob spawners.
  • The avatar will always look at the mouse cursor while in inventory.
  • The "Search Items" tab's compass icon acts just like any other, and spins wildly in the Nether and End dimensions.
  • The maximum number of items the inventory can hold (36 stacks of 64 items each) is 2304.
  • If you hold shift, while holding an item on the cursor, you can quickly click around your inventory, crafting table, etc. and divide it quicker. For instance, if a stack of 64 dirt is held, and this technique is used, it divides into 2 stacks of 32 if you click twice, 3 stacks of 21 clicking 3 times, 4 stacks of 16 for 4 times, and so on.

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