Selecting Options brings up the main options page:
Controls how much of the game world is visible on the screen. Also known as Field of View. Ranges from 70° (Regular) to 110° (Quake Pro)
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 server.properties file.)
Toggles the "bobbing" motion of the camera as the player is walking.
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.
Enables or disables occlusion culling (requires a graphics card supporting OpenGL 2.0 or better). Enabling it improves performance on computers with a fast GPU, as the game doesn't render what is obstructed. However, the "don't render what isn't in field of view" rule always applies (also known as view frustum culling).
Dims down or lights up the game's surfaces. It has no effect on gameplay, it is only a visual effect.
Allows particles effects such as sprinting particles, falling particles and particles from lava and water drips. Particles options can be changed to: Minimal, Decreased, All.
Allows Minecraft to download resource packs from servers
Puts Minecraft into Fullscreen mode, keeping it off keeps it in a window.
Caps your FPS to Remove Screen Tear. Turn it off if you have no screen tear. Take caution however, as it tends to force FPS to a certain value, intensifying CPU use and FPS problems if a computer cannot handle it.
The lower the level, the more "patched" and outlined everything looks from far (like animations.)
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.
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