Tutorials/Menu screen

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This tutorial will help you understand and navigate the menus of Minecraft. Although they are mostly self-explanatory, some things may need explaining. If you need help navigating the menu, simply find the appropriate section of this tutorial.

There are two major menu groups in Minecraft: The Main Menu and the Pause Menu.

Main Menu[edit]

Main menu

The Main Menu is what you first see when you enter the game. It appears with a blurred moving panorama of a world beneath the group of buttons, the Minecraft version at the bottom-left, as well as shows the game's logo with a splash to its bottom-right. This menu allows you to choose which game type to play as well as access Minecraft Realms, the game Options, or quit the game.

Key Action
Singleplayer Takes you to the Singleplayer screen
Multiplayer Takes you to the Multiplayer screen
Minecraft Realms Takes you to the Minecraft Realms screen
Earth Icon Takes you to the Languages screen
Options Takes you to the Options screen
Quit Game Exits the game

Singleplayer[edit]

Singleplayer Menu

The Singleplayer button, located at the top of the group of buttons on the main menu, leads you to the screen as shown at the right. In this menu, you can view, edit, and play all of your Singleplayer worlds.

In the example at the right, there are two different worlds. Each world has its own section in the list, which contains the following information:

Key Action
World Name The current world name.
World File Name The name of the file which the world is stored in
  • It is set when you first create the world
  • Can only be changed by changing the actual world's folder name in the game files

Also displays the last time and date you accessed the world

More Information Displays the game mode of the world and which version of Minecraft it was last accessed in.

Also displays if cheats are enabled or not

Also found below the worlds list is a group of buttons which are explained below:

Key Action
Play Selected World Allows you to play in the selected world
Create New World Takes you to another screen where you can change the settings of and create a new world
Edit Takes you to another screen where you can change the settings of the selected world, such as reset its icon, make a backup, optimize, and others
Delete Deletes the selected world
Re-Create Creates a copy of the selected world by creating another one with the same world options

The copy will look as the original world was before the player modified the world

Cancel Takes you back to the main menu

Creating a New World[edit]

The screen shown upon creating a new world

As mentioned earlier, creating a new world will take you to another screen which allows you to change the settings of the world to be made.

Key Action
World Name Allows you to change the name of the world to be made
Game Mode Allows you to change the default game mode of the world
More World Options... Takes you to the World Options menu which allows you to:
  • Type in the seed to be used
    • If left blank, the world will generate with a random seed
  • Toggle the generation of structures (villages, dungeons, etc.) in the world
  • Choose to turn cheats on or off
  • Choose whether or not to have a bonus chest upon starting the game
  • Change the world type to create
Create New World Creates a new world with the settings chosen
Cancel Takes you back to the Singleplayer Menu

More World Options[edit]

The "More World Options" screen
Key Action
Seed The seed used to generate worlds
World Type The type of world to generate, can be Default, Superflat, Large Biomes, AMPLIFIED, Buffet, or Debug Mode. Debug Mode can be accessed by pressing ⇧ Shift while scrolling through the world types
Generate Structures The ability for villages, strongholds, and other structures to generate throughout the world
Allow Cheats The ability for commands to be used within the world
Bonus Chest Whether or not a chest with basic essentials (such as a wooden pickaxe, apples, wood planks, etc.) will generate near the spawn point
Superflat Presets

Set presets for the superflat world to generate.

Preset Description
Classic Flat The default superflat world
Tunnelers' Dream A world with trees, plants, and 200+ layers of Stone
Water World A world filled with water
Overworld A world that mimics the Overworld
Grid Snow (layer).png Snowy Kingdom A world filled with Snow
Bottomless Pit A world that lacks a Bedrock layer
Desert A desert world
Redstone Ready A Sandstone world that is suitable for Redstone contraptions
The Void A world with a Stone platform and nothing other than The Void
Buffet World Customization
The Buffet World Customization screen.

Customize how the buffet world will generate.

Key Description/Action
World Generator Decides how the world is structured and what the general terrain looks like. There are three choices for how to generate the world structure: Surface, Caves, and Floating Islands.
Biome Selector Ability to choose which biome the world uses in generating terrain. Biome choice determines things such like terrain, vegetation, generated structures (if applicable), and to some extent, mob spawning

Multiplayer[edit]

Multiplayer Screen with 2 servers

The Multiplayer button, found below the Singleplayer button, takes you to the Multiplayer Menu which lets you join servers with other players, whether online or nearby. It appears with a list of known servers which you may connect to. When you first log in, the message "Scanning for games on your local network" will appear, meaning it is scanning for nearby servers which have been opened to LAN via the Pause Menu. You will also find several buttons on the bottom of the interface.

Key Action
Join Server Allows you to join the selected server
Direct Connect Allows you to connect to a server by entering its address
Add Server Allows you to add a server to your list by entering its name and address

(does not create your own server)

Edit Edits the name and address of the selected server
Delete Removes the selected server from the list
Refresh Reloads the screen
Cancel Return to the Main Menu
Add Server

In order to add servers to your server list, you will need to use the "Add Server" button, which takes you to a new menu where you can add a server by entering its name and address.

Key Action
Server Name Allows you to type in a name for the server to be listed as
Server Address Allows you to type the address for the server
Server Resource Packs Allows you to change how server resource packs will be handled
  • Deny: Always blocks any server resource packs from appearing without player notice
  • Prompt: Asks the player whether or not to show the resource pack (default)
  • Enabled: Always allows any server resource packs to appear without player notice
Done Saves the changes and adds the server to the list
Cancel Return to the server list without adding the server

Minecraft Realms[edit]

The "Homepage" of Realms

The third button on the main menu is labeled Minecraft Realms. This button will take you to the "Homepage" of Realms. Here you can perform all of the basic actions associated with Realms, which are as follows:

  • See all of the Realms you own / are invited to and information about them
  • Play on a Realm
  • Buy a new Realm
  • Configure your own Realm(s)
  • Leave a Realm
  • See new invitations
  • Find out more about Realms

The majority of these functions can be carried out by clicking on a Realm and using the button group at the bottom of the screen. Invitations can be accessed via the envelope next to the Realms logo. The What is Realms? link in the upper right hand corner takes you to the Realms website where you can learn more about the program.

There is a distinct difference between the server list in the Multiplayer screen and the Realms list. Here you can see all of the basic information about the Realm you may need. The exact layout is shown here:

Realms SingleMarked.png
Key Action
Realm name Can be changed by the owner
  • Displays Green if you are the owner of that Realm
  • Displays White if it is someone else's Realm
Realm description Can be changed by the owner
  • When a Minigame is active, this line is replaced with a Minigame notice.
Realms MinigameNotice.png
Realm owner's name Shows the current username of the owner
Realm owner's face Can be changed by the owner changing the face of their skin
Realm status Has three states: Green, Gray, and Red
  • Green: Realm is online
  • Gray: Realm is offline
  • Red: Realm has expired.

Ten (10) days prior to a Realm's expiration date, it will start blinking for the owner's screen. When hovered over, it will say Expires in # days, with # being the number of days until it expires. On the day of expiration it will display Expires soon, until it actually expires and turns red.

Online player count Updates constantly to show the number of players currently playing on the Realm

Invitations[edit]

Realms InvitationsCloseUp.png

Invitations can be accepted or declined via the envelope next to the Realms logo. If you have an invitation, you will see a little number dancing on the envelope. If the little number is instead a !!!, then it means that you have more than five invitations.

Realms InvitationsHover.png

If you hover over the envelope, a tooltip will appear. It will either say No pending invitations! or Pending invitations! If you click on this when you have some invitations, it will take you to a screen where you can accept or decline various invites.

Realms InvitedScreen.png

The example as shown at the right is a list of any and all Realms you have been invited to. The operations here are simple: You simply click on an item and you can either accept the invitation or decline it.

Once you have been invited to a Realm and accepted it the Realm will appear on your Realm list. At any time you can click on that Realm and click the Leave Realm button, which will uninvite you from that Realm until such time as you are invited again.

If you decline an invite your name is taken back off the invited list of that Realm, but keep in mind that the owner can re-invite you at any time. If you are getting spammed with an invite from a particular person and you don't want to see them again, email the support address and they may be able to help.

Realm Configuration[edit]

Realms Configure.png

The owner of a Realm has the ability to configure his/her Realm from inside Minecraft. To access the configuration screen, you simply click on your Realm and click the Configure button.

From this screen, you can completely manage your Realm and its players. Written below is a detailed walkthrough of everything you can do to manage your Realm.

Player Management
To invite a player to your Realm all you need to do is click the + button and type in that player's username. When you click Invite, that player will be added to the whitelist and they will receive an invitation letter (explained above.) In this list you can see the player's name and face, and you can also promote, demote, or remove them.

Promoting a player is done by clicking the crown icon next to their name. If it's lit up that player is promoted. If it is gray, that player has not been promoted. Being promoted is equivalent to becoming an operator on the Realm. Only the owner can promote or demote players.

To remove a player all you need to do is click the red x button next to their name. They will be taken off the whitelist and your Realm will disappear off of their list.

Tracking Players
Realms PlayerTracker.png

Realms also gives you the ability to monitor player activity. To do this, click the Player Activity button below the + button. In this screen, you can see who has been on at specific times of the day and days past. Every player is assigned a color code and the time they spend on your Realm is depicted with varying lengths of bars in their color.

World Management
Realms BackupsScreen.png

The Edit World button on the Configuration screen takes you to a view similar to the one on the right. Here, you can edit your world file, which includes the following functions: reverting to a backup, downloading the latest backup, uploading a world from your current Singleplayer worlds, and resetting your world.

To manage backups, look to the left section of this screen. The list you see contains different backups of your world that Realms has saved over time. In each module, you can see the date and time for each backup. To the right of each backup is an orange arrow button. Click this and Realms will prompt you to clarify that you want to revert to that backup. If you click OK, it will take a moment and replace your current world with the backup you selected. Everything will be as it was when that backup was made. When a change in world, name or description is made there will be a plus sign next to the backup, that when clicked on will tell what was changed in that backup.

On the right, you have three buttons: Upload World, Download Latest, and Reset World.

Upload World

Realms allows you to upload a local game if it is 500MB or smaller so that you can continue playing online with friends. Once your local game has been uploaded, there are no size limitations within Realms. Note that there is a limit to the number of times you can upload or download a saved game. Currently it appears to be 3 uploads/downloads per 72-hour period, but there is no UI to indicate the number you have used, nor the amount remaining. After reaching the limit, you will be unable to further update or download your latest backup, however uploads and downloads are tracked separately. Support cannot reset this counter, and it takes 24–72 hours to reset.

Minigames

In the Configuration screen, there is a button at the top that says Switch to Mini Game. Switching to a mini game will not delete your realm.

Realm Management
Allows managing the realm.
Realm Information

Allows you to change realm information.

Subscriptions

Shows the start of the subscription, in how many days it will be renewed, and a link to extend it.

Expired Realms[edit]

After your subscription for a Realm expires, it is transferred to expired status. Many things in the interface change, as seen in the pictures below. Your server status indicator turns red, and when hovered over displays the message Expired Server. It will remain like this, as far as anyone knows, indefinitely. You can extend the Realm when it is in this state to keep the same server.

Options[edit]

Pause Menu[edit]

Key Description/Action
Back to game Allows you to continue the game
Advancements Brings you to a list of advancements. Each advancement you earn gives you more advancements to unlock. Hovering over an icon gives you the advancement name, requirements, and status
Statistics Statistics are a game feature that allows players to track how many times they have completed certain tasks.
Open to LAN Will open the world you are in to your local area network. By doing so, anybody connected to your local area network can connect to your world. (Note that this option is however grayed out during online games.) This will be reset when you quit the game when you published it via Singleplayer worlds. (Multiplayer servers never reset this). the /publish command has the same result.
Save and Quit to Title Saves your world and take you back to the main menu.

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
0.0.12aAdded the pause menu, which, like today, could be opened by pressing ESC.
Java Edition Indev
0.31February 1, 2010, 1The menu screen was added. It originally displayed a dirt background.
At the time, the dirt background would slowly scroll, similarly to the later added credits, and the splash text pulsed slower.
?Scrolling of background is removed.
Splash text now pulses more quickly.
Pause menu now stops the game.
Java Edition Infdev
?The "Generate new level..." button was replaced by a Singleplayer button.
The "Load level.." button was replaced by a Multiplayer button, which wasn't playable at the time.
20100629Added "Loading..." screen.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.0Added animation of the logo. The animation was cobblestone falling down in order to form the word "Minecraft".
v1.0.4Replaced "Loading..." screen with a Mojang splash screen.
?Changed "Save and quit to title.." to "Save and quit to title".
v1.0.13bTemporarily changed logo to celebrate 1000 sales in 24 hours.
v1.0.14Logo changed from Oldmclogo.gif to Alphalogo.png.
v1.0.15The Multiplayer button was no longer greyed out as SMP was added.
v1.2.2Removed the "Play tutorial level" button, replaced by "Mods and Texture Packs"
Java Edition Beta
1.0The "Options..." button was made much closer to the "Mods and Texture Packs" button.
1.3The gap between "Options..." and "Mods and Texture Packs" was reverted.
The "Options..." button was made smaller to make room for the "Quit Game" button.
1.4Minecraft logo changed from Alphalogo.png to Title screen logo.png.
The logo animation was removed as such.
1.8Pre-releaseCompletely revamped the title screen adding an animated background, a version tag in the bottom left corner and new options in the option menu.
Java Edition
1.0.0?Minceraft easter egg added.
"Mods and Texture Packs" button changed to simply "Texture Packs"
1.1?Added language select button.
1.3.1?Removed "Saving level..." from the pause menu.
1.4.212w37aAdded "Re-Create" option to the World selection menu.
1.513w03aThe "Texture Packs" button has been moved to the "Options..." screen.
13w09aThe "Minecraft Realms" button is moved to the main screen, taking the spot of the "Texture Packs" button.
2013 Music UpdateAdded menu music.
1.1116w38aCapitalised "Game menu" to "Game Menu".
1.12pre6Added the ability to view the credits when clicking the copyright text.
1.12.2pre1Minecraft logo changed from Title screen logo.png to Java Edition.png.
New game logo with Minecraft Java Edition. The Java Edition subtitle is a separate texture.
1.13pre1Changed title screen background to reflect the Update Aquatic.
pre2Optimized title screen.
1.1418w43aAdded the "Give Feedback" and "Report Bugs" buttons to the pause menu.
November 28, 2018Changed title screen background to reflect Village & Pillage.
19w06aAdded loading bars while loading the game and reloading resources.
19w13aAdded the "Accessibility Options" button to the main menu.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Added the menu screen. It originally displayed a dirt background.
0.7.0Completely revamped the title screen adding a new background, a version tag in the bottom left corner and new options in the option menu.
0.7.3Background is now animated like Java and Console Edition.
Added the splash text to the main menu.
0.7.6Removed the "Play on Realms" button from the main menu.
0.11.0build 1Added a language button to the main menu.
0.13.1Moved the skins button to the main menu.
Options button is no longer a wrench icon.
0.14.0build 1Revamped menu screen.
0.16.0?Removed language button
Changed signed in icon to link to feedback.minecraft.net instead of the Minecraft page in the Xbox app.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Removed "Pocket Edition" and "Windows 10 Edition" subtitles, simply renaming the game to Minecraft.
Changed title screen background.
1.5.0beta 1.5.0.4Changed title screen background to reflect the Update Aquatic.
beta 1.5.0.10Reorganization of the main menu buttons.
1.8.0Changed title screen background to reflect 1.8.0.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.2Added "Feedback" button to the pause menu.
1.11.0April 25, 2019Changed title screen background to reflect Village & Pillage.