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The main options menu
The video settings menu
The music and sound options menu

Minecraft’s user environment can be configured through the Options setting. A few additional options can only be changed by editing the options.txt file manually.

PC[edit | edit source]

Options[edit | edit source]

  Selecting Options brings up the main options page:  

Option Description
FOV Controls how much of the game world is visible on the screen. Also known as Field of View. Ranges from 30° to 110° (Quake Pro)
Difficulty Set the difficulty level from the choice of Peaceful, Easy, Normal, and Hard. (Note that the difficulty cannot be changed if playing Hardcore Mode. On a server, difficulty can only be changed by commands or editing the file.)

Skin Customization[edit | edit source]

Skin Customization Setting Description
Cape Toggles the cape.
Jacket Toggles the body second layer.
Left Sleeve Toggles the left arm second layer.
Right Sleeve Toggles the right arm second layer.
Left Pants Leg Toggles the left leg second layer.
Right Pants Leg Toggles the right leg second layer.
Hat Toggles the head second layer.
Main Hand [upcoming] Added in 15w31a. Switches the main hand, between left and right. Right is default.

Super Secret Settings[edit | edit source]

Clicking on the "Super Secret Settings" button in the options menu changes the way that you view Minecraft, ranging from the view of a Creeper to a 4-bit design. As of 15w31a[upcoming], this is no longer an option.

Music & Sounds[edit | edit source]

Sound Setting Description
Master Volume The volume of all sounds.
Music The volume of gameplay music.
Weather The volume of rain and thunder.
Hostile Creatures The volume of hostile and neutral mobs.
Players The volume of players.
Jukebox/Noteblocks The volume of music and sounds played from Jukeboxes and Note Blocks.
Blocks The volume of blocks (anvils, chests, doors, etc.).
Friendly Creatures The volume of passive mobs.
Ambient/Environment The volume of cave sounds and fireworks.

Broadcast Settings[edit | edit source]

The broadcast settings allow you to change different variables when broadcasting to Twitch. As of 15w31a[upcoming], this is no longer an option.

Broadcast Setting Description
Quality The overall quality of your video.
Framerate The frames per second of your video.
Bandwidth The maximum amount of bandwidth your broadcast may use.
Send Metadata Whether or not your broadcast may send metadata.
Mic Volume The volume of your microphone.
System Volume The volume of your system as a whole.
Push To Whether your "Push to Talk/Mute" button enables muting or talking.
Compression Unknown (Most likely how much the file is compressed).
Enable Chat Never: turns off Twitch chatting completely.
Whilst Streaming: enables Twitch chatting whilst you're streaming.
Always: keeps Twitch chatting turned on constantly.
User Filter All Viewers makes the chat show all of your viewers chat messages.
Subscribers makes the chat only show subscribers' chat messages.
Moderators makes the chat only show Moderators' chat messages.

Twitch Broadcast Servers[edit | edit source]

Clicking on "Twitch Broadcast Servers" in your Broadcast Settings allows you to choose which Twitch live-streaming server you would prefer to have your broadcast running on. As of 15w31a[upcoming], this is no longer an option.

Video Settings[edit | edit source]

Video Setting Description
  • Fancy enables higher quality graphic effects. Graphic effects include transparent leaves, increased rain particles, a black vignette around the screen in darker areas, and the world border red warning vignette effect.
  • Fast disables those effects for better performance.
Render Distance The render distance controls how many chunks of the world are visible at once. The fewer chunks that are included, the faster each frame can be rendered, resulting in a higher FPS.

The most distant terrain is faded into the sky color as if by fog, to avoid a sharp edge to the visible world; so this option is also known as "fog".

Note: diameter = radius × 2 + 1

Smooth Lighting Lighting is smoothed across the blocks (ambient occlusion), or each block has a distinctive light level. This setting does not change the gameplay in any way, but it has a slight effect on performance.
Max Framerate Limits the FPS. Normally limiting it to 60 Hz (60 FPS) is the best option, as setting it higher results in frames being drawn that you will not see, overworking the GPU, and slowing the loading of chunks.
3D Anaglyph Enables the player to use 3D glasses.
View Bobbing Toggles the "bobbing" motion of the camera as the player is walking. Disabling it may increase performance.
GUI Scale Controls the GUI (Graphical User Interface) scale. This also controls the HUD (Heads Up Display) size. Using the "Auto" GUI scale can set the normally un-obtainable "Larger" GUI scale, if playing with a large resolution.
  • Fancy causes the clouds to be rendered in 3D.
  • Fast causes the clouds to be rendered flat.
  • OFF causes no clouds to be rendered.
Brightness Dims down or lights up the game's surfaces, even if fully dark. It has no effect on gameplay, it is only a visual effect. Works in any dimension and affects the Night Vision status effect.
Particles Allows particles effects such as sprinting particles, falling particles and particles from lava and water drips. Block breaking particles are not affected. In "Minimal" particle setting, rain is silent and hearts appearing around mobs in Love Mode do not appear.
Fullscreen Puts Minecraft into Fullscreen mode, keeping it off keeps it in a window. Can also be changed with F11.
Use VSync Limits your frames per second to the screen's refresh rate, which is usually 60 Hz, 75 Hz on some CRT screens, or 120 to 144 Hz on some gaming-targeted screens. Enabling VSync fixes tearing, but increases input latency and causes stuttering if one's computer cannot draw enough frames per second.
Mipmap Levels The higher the level, the more the textures look "smooth".
Alternate Blocks Toggles alternate block models. When turned off, the least complex highest priority model will always be used. As of 15w31a[upcoming], this is no longer an option.
Use VBOs Toggles vertex buffer objects.
Entity Shadows Determines whether entities will display simple shadows.
Attack Indicator [upcoming]
  • OFF No attack indicator renders.
  • Crosshair A little grey translucent bar appears below the crosshair displaying attack power
  • Hotbar A little grey sword bar appears on the side of the hotbar (on the same side as the player's main hand) displaying attack power

Controls[edit | edit source]

From the main Options page, one can click down to Controls for configuring keyboard controls.

Language[edit | edit source]


Allows you to change the language that is viewed by your client.

Option Description
Force Unicode font ON Unicode Font.
OFF Ascii font

Chat Settings[edit | edit source]

Option Description
Chat Shown enables your ability to see the chat on a server.
Commands Only allows you to only see the output of commands in the chat.
Hidden hides the chat on all servers.
Colors ON allows you to see the chat in many different colors.
OFF disables this function and only allows you to see the chat in a light gray color.
Web Links ON allows you to see URLs and other links in the chat.
OFF disables this function and blocks all URLs and other links.
Opacity The opacity of the chat.
Prompt on Links ON forces a prompt to appear on your screen whenever you click on a URL to makes sure that you wish to exit Minecraft and head to the website.
OFF turns the prompt off.
Scale How large the chat is shown.
Focused Height The max height that the chat is allowed to appear when in focus (chat input and history open).
Unfocused Height The max height that the chat is allowed to appear normally (chat input and history closed).
Width The max width that the chat may appear.
Reduced Debug Info Toggles reduced information on the debug screen.

Server options[edit | edit source]

Option Description
Server Resource Packs Allows Minecraft to download resource packs from the server.

Resource Packs[edit | edit source]

Allows you to change your Resource pack settings.

Snooper Settings[edit | edit source]

Snooper allows Mojang to collect information about your machine to help improve Minecraft by knowing what they can support and where the biggest problems are. All of this information is completely anonymous and able to be viewed within the settings page. They promise they won't do anything bad with this data, but if you want to opt out then feel free to toggle it off!

Option Description
Allow Snooper ON enables snooper.
OFF disables snooper.

Pocket Edition[edit | edit source]

Game[edit | edit source]

Option Description
Username Changes your public username (locked if signed in to Realms).
Difficulty Select difficulty (Total of 4 Difficulties, same as PC Version (As of Alpha 0.12.1)).
Third person view Toggles third person view.
Broadcast to LAN Allow local users to join the server.

Controls[edit | edit source]

Option Description
Sensitivity Changes the sensitivity of the camera when turning.
Invert Y-Axis Toggles inversion of camera when looking up/down.
Lefty Toggles the D-pad being on the left/right side of the screen.
Split controls Chooses whether to use the touchscreen to interact throughout the screen or use a crosshair.
D-Pad size Changes the size of the D-pad. Smaller D-pads allow extra slots for the hotbar.

Feedback[edit | edit source]

Option Description
Destroy block (vibrate) Toggles vibration when destroying blocks

Graphics[edit | edit source]

Option Description
Brightness Adjusts the brightness of the game.
View Distance Changes the render distance. Available in 3-5 subsections on the slider (depending on the device).
Fancy Graphics Toggles fancy graphics.
Note that clouds on fast graphics remain volumetric but become opaque.
Beautiful skies Toggles the sun, moon, clouds, stars and sky color.
Animated water Toggles animated texture for water, lava and fire.

Experimental[edit | edit source]

Option Description
Hide GUI Toggles if the HUD is displayed.
Limit worlds Toggles whether a world is infinite or compressed to a 256x256 block area
(Only available on supported low-end devices)

Sound[edit | edit source]

Option Description
Sound Volume Choose the level of sound volume.

Windows 10 Edition[edit | edit source]

As it is simply Pocket Edition ported to PC, it has only 2 different options from Pocket Edition Beta 0.12.1

  • Fullscreen
  • View Distance
    • Has 6th slider on supported devices

Console Edition[edit | edit source]

There are settings for the music, sound, gamma,visibility on maps, vertical split screen, view bobbing, and sensitivity.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.0.12a New fog distance option.
0.23 Added the options page.
New custom keymappings.
1.3 Smooth lighting was added.
1.8 The Brightness setting was added.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre5 The Clouds setting was added (however, texture packs were able to remove them before this option was introduced).
1.3.1 12w21a The options menu was improved with a new "Chat Settings" menu.
1.4.2 12w34a Added new Full-screen toggle to the Video settings.
Added new use Vsync toggle in the Video settings.
1.4.6 1.4.6-pre Added an option to toggle touchscreen mode.
1.5 13w09b Moved Texture Packs setting from the main menu to the options menu.
1.7.2 13w36a The options menu was revamped, including a brand new layout, new key binds and a "Super Secret Settings" button in the menu.
13w36b The "Super Secret Settings" button now plays a random sound when clicked.
13w38a The "Super Secret Settings" button now creates a shader effect on the game's display, in the following order: FXAA, Art, Bumpy, Blobs_2, Pencil, Color_Convolve, Deconverge, Flip, Invert, NTSC, Outline, Phosphor, Scan_Pincushion, Sobel, Bits, Desaturate, Green, Blur, Wobble, Blobs, Antialias, Default.
1.7.4 13w47a Added "Twitch Broadcast Settings" and "Twitch Chat Settings" buttons.
1.7.6 1.7.6-pre1 Server Resource Packs option is now per-server, and has three settings: Prompt, Enabled, and Disabled.
1.8 14w25a Dropped items now always render in 3D, rather then just while on fancy graphics
1.8.1 The option to enable entity shadows is now controlled separately from the standard fast and fancy graphics.
The cloud's "fast" and "fancy" shape are controlled by the same option which enables clouds, rather then by the standard fast and fancy graphics.
1.9 15w31a Removed "Super Secret Settings" and "Broadcast Settings".
Removed Alternate Blocks from video settings.
Added "Main Hand" to the skin settings.
15w34a Added "Attack Indicator" to the video settings.

See also[edit | edit source]