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 menu groups in Minecraft: The Main Menu and the Pause Menu.
- 1 Main Menu
- 1.1 Singleplayer
- 1.2 Multiplayer
- 1.3 Minecraft Realms
- 1.3.1 The Realms Screen
- 1.3.2 Invitations
- 1.3.3 Realm Configuration
- 1.3.4 Other Features
- 1.4 Options
- 2 Pause 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 to the desktop.
|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 Settings/Options screen|
|Quit Game||Exits the game|
In the screenshot to the right there are two different worlds. Each world has its own section in the list, which contains the following information:
|World Name||The current world name. Can be changed by clicking the Rename button|
|World File Name||The name of the file which the world is stored in
Also displays the last time and date you accessed the world
|Gamemode Information||Displays the gamemode 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:
|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|
|Rename||Allows you to rename the selected world|
|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
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.
|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:|
|Create New World||Creates a new world with the settings chosen|
|Cancel||Takes you back to the Singleplayer Menu|
More World Options
|Seed||The seed to generate worlds|
|World Type||The type of world to generate: Default, Superflat, Large Biomes, AMPLIFIED, Customized, 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 spawnpoint|
Set presets for the world to generate.
|the default superflat world|
|a world with trees, plants, and 200+ layers of stone|
|a world filled with water|
|a world that mimics The Overworld|
|a world filled with snow|
|a world that lacks a bedrock layer|
|a desert world|
|a sandstone world that is suitable for redstone contraptions|
|a world with nothing other than The Void|
Customize the world generation from various options.
Page 1 Basic Settings
|Sea Level||the surface level of all oceans and rivers.||63; values range from 1-255|
|Caves||Caves are only generated underground||Yes|
|Strongholds||Strongholds are generated in a certain fashion||Yes|
|Villages||Villages will only generate under certain biomes such as plains, savanna, taiga, or desert biomes||Yes|
|Mineshafts||Whether abandoned mineshafts are generated||Yes|
|Temples||Whether jungle temples, desert temples, swamp huts, and igloos generate||Yes|
|Ocean monuments||Whether ocean monuments will generate||Yes|
|Woodland Mansions||Whether woodland mansions will generate||Yes|
|Ravines||Whether ravines will generate||Yes|
|Dungeons||Whether dungeons will generate||Yes|
|Dungeon Count||How many times the game will try to generate a dungeon per chunk||7; values range from 1-100|
|Water Lakes||Whether water lakes will generate||Yes|
|Water Lake Rarity||Percentage of rarity of a water lake||4; values range from 1-100.|
|Lava Lakes||Whether lava lakes will generate||Yes|
|Lava Lake Rarity||Percentage of rarity of a lava lake||80; values range from 1-100.|
|Lava Oceans||Whether oceans and rivers will be filled with lava instead of water||No|
|Biome||Which biome(s) should generate||All|
|Biome Size||Increase or decrease the size of the biomes||4; values range from 1-8|
|River Size||Increase or decrease the size and frequency of rivers||4; values range from 1-5|
Page 2 Ore Settings
|Spawn Size||The chunk size of dirt to spawn|
|Spawn Tries||How many tries before spawning dirt|
|Min. and Max. Height||From lowest spawn height (Y) to highest
Page 3 Advanced Settings (WIP?)
Can be modified for terrain smoothness, terrain height etc.
Page 4 Extra Advanced Settings (WIP?)
Can be modified to change more terrain generation stuff
Customize World Presets
|A world filled with water|
|A world with many sky islands|
|A ravine world with loads of ore|
|A world with enormous mountains|
|A world with deserts and stone. Water is very rare|
|A world filled with caves all around|
|A world with lava oceans|
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.
|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
|Edit||Edit the name and address of a server|
|Delete||Removes the selected server from the list|
|Refresh||Reload the page to fix any issues|
|Cancel||Return to the home screen|
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.
|Server Name||Allows you to type in a name for the server to be listed as|
|Server Address||Allows you to type in the IP address for the server|
|Server Resource Packs||Allows you to change how server resource packs will be shown
|Done||Saves the changes and adds the server to the list|
|Cancel||Return to the server list without adding the server.|
The third button on the main menu is labeled Minecraft Realms. This button allows you to, as it says, access Realms and perform all the functions that come with it.
The Realms Screen
The Minecraft Realms 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:
|Realm name||Can be changed by the owner
Displays green if you're the owner of that Realm.
|Realm description||Can be changed by the owner
When a Minigame is active, this line is replaced with a Minigame notice.
|Realm owner's name||Shows the current chosen username of the owner (not their UUID)|
|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
|Online player count||Updates constantly to show the number of players currently playing on the Realm|
More About the Status Icon
The Realm status icon does more than just display the current status of the Realm. 10 days prior to your Realm's expiration date, it will start blinking (for the owner only). When hovered over it will say Expires in # days, with the # 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.
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 !!! then that means that you have more than five invitations.
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.
The screenshot at right is a list of any and all Realms you have been invited to. The operations here are simple: You simply click on a Realm 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 he/she 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.
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.
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 OP 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.
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.
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 include 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, Realms 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.
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 can not reset this counter, and it takes 24–72 hours to reset.
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.
Allows managing the realm.
Allows you to change realm information.
Shows the start of the subscription, in how many days it will be renewed, and a link to extend it.
After your subscription for a Realm expires, it is transferred to expired status. Many things in the interface change, as seen in the gallery 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.
|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 are a game feature that allows players to track how many times they have completed certain tasks. When the Statistics button is clicked, it brings up the menu on the left.
|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
|Save and Quit to Title||Saves your world and take you back to the main menu.|