Tutorial hints

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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition.
All the hints in order
An animation demonstrating the advancements bar (click to play)

Tutorial hints are tabs in the right-hand corner of the player's screen which show up when a player starts a world in Survival mode for the first time on a device. They are meant to guide new players who may not know the controls.


When a Survival world is generated for the first time on a device, the first tutorial hint, the movement hint, will show. Each tutorial hint will show up as a toast in the top right of the screen (much like new recipes and advancements). They consist of the hint title, a description of how to complete it, and an image to describe it. Once the tutorial hint has been completed (for example, when the player mines a tree's log), that tutorial hint will disappear. After a certain amount of time, the next hint will be shown automatically. Once the "craft wooden planks" hint is completed, no tutorial hint will ever show in any world again.

Tutorial hints are obtained by simply completing the task given. Each hint, minus the "Open your inventory" and the "Craft wooden planks" hint, have a progress bar that shows the player's progress on the current hint and fills up as it is being completed. For example, for the "Destroy the tree" hint, the progress bar will begin empty and will start to fill up as the player mines a log, so that when the log is destroyed, the bar will complete and the hint will disappear.

In Creative mode, only the first two hints are displayed.


The stage of the tutorial is stored as tutorialStep: in the options.txt file in the game directory, so they are kept per device and per directory (you can set up more profiles with different game directories in the launcher options). After the last guide is shown, the value none is saved. Changing TutorialStep to this value (the game must be closed beforehand) will cause the instructions to not show.

List of hints[edit]

Image In-game title and description Actual requirements (if different) options.txt name
Movement hint.png Move with W, A, S, and D
Jump with space
Use move and jump to move around. movement
Find tree hint.png Look around
Use your mouse to turn
Punch tree hint.png Destroy the tree
Hold down Left Click
Mine a log block until it breaks. punch_tree
Open inventory hint.png Open your inventory
Press E
Open your inventory. open_inventory
Craft planks hint.png Craft wooden planks
The recipe book can help
Put wood in the crafting area of your inventory, and take the output: 4 wood planks. craft_planks


Java Edition
1.1217w16aAdded tutorial hints.
pre3Tutorial hints are now more accurate with deciding whether or not to display.


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