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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.



Selecting Options brings up the main options page:

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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. If the padlock is clicked and confirmed, the difficulty on that world cannot be changed without commands. (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.)

Skin Customization[]

Skin Customization Setting Description
Cape Toggles the cape. If set to off, the cape texture for wearing a pair of Elytra would also be deactivated.
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 Switches the main hand, between left and right. Right is default.

Music & Sounds[]

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.
Voice/Speech The volume of speech in Minecraft (for map makers)

Video Settings[]

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. Limiting the framerate to a multiple of your monitor's refresh rate can save processing power.
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".
Use VBOs Toggles vertex buffer objects.
Entity Shadows Determines whether entities will display simple shadows.
Attack Indicator
  • 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


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



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[]

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[]

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

Resource Packs[]

Allows you to change your Resource pack settings.

Snooper Settings[]

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 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[]


Option Description
Username Changes your public username (locked if signed in to Realms; can be changed through Xbox Live).
Sound Volume Choose the level of sound volume.
Difficulty Select difficulty (Total of 4 Difficulties, same as PC Version (As of Alpha 0.12.1)).
Third person view Toggles third person view.
Multiplayer Game Allow users to join the server.
Broadcast to LAN Allow local users to join the server.


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.
Swap Jump and Sneak Chooses whether to swap the position of jump and sneak buttons.
Button size Changes the size of the buttons. Smaller buttons allow extra slots for the hotbar.
Auto Jump Toggles the auto-jump feature.
Keyboard Layout Chooses whether what keyboard layout will be used.
Controller Layout Changes the action of buttons when pressed in a controller.


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


Option Description
Brightness Adjusts the brightness of the game.
Render Distance Changes the render distance. Available in 3-5 subsections on the slider (depending on the device).

For low end devices (less than 512MB of available RAM).

  • 4 chunks
  • 6 chunks
  • 8 chunks
  • (Higher end) 10 chunks

For top end devices

  • 6 chunks
  • 8 chunks
  • 10 chunks
  • 12 chunks
  • 14 chunks
FOV Changes the field of view.
View Bobbing Chooses whether to show the bobbing when walking.
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.


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).

UI Profile

Changes the game UI style between classic (dekstop UI) and Pocket Edition UI.

Windows 10 Edition[]

As it is simply Pocket Edition ported to PC, it has only 2 different options from Pocket Edition Alpha 0.13.1

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

Console Edition[]

There are settings for the music, sound, gamma, visibility on maps, vertical split screen, view bobbing, and sensitivity. The option to turn bedrock fog on or off was present until title update 31 - which removed bedrock fog entirely.

Render distance varies depending on device.

  • On PS4 and Xbox One, the render distance is 18 chunks
  • On PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, the render distance is 10 chunks
  • On PS Vita, the render distance is 5 chunks



0.0.12aNew fog distance option.
0.23Added the options page.
New custom keymappings.
1.3Smooth lighting was added.
1.8The Brightness setting was added.
Official release
1.0.0Beta 1.9-pre5The Clouds setting was added (however, texture packs were able to remove them before this option was introduced).
1.3.112w21aThe options menu was improved with a new "Chat Settings" menu.
1.4.212w34aAdded new Full-screen toggle to the Video settings.
Added new use Vsync toggle in the Video settings. an option to toggle touchscreen mode.
1.513w09bMoved Texture Packs setting from the main menu to the options menu.
1.7.213w36aThe options menu was revamped, including a brand new layout, new key binds and a "Super Secret Settings" button in the menu.
13w36bThe "Super Secret Settings" button now plays a random sound when clicked.
13w38aThe "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.
1.7.413w47aAdded "Twitch Broadcast Settings" and "Twitch Chat Settings" buttons. Resource Packs option is now per-server, and has three settings: Prompt, Enabled, and Disabled.
1.814w25aDropped items now always render in 3D, rather then just while on fancy graphics
1.8.1The 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.
1.915w31aRemoved "Super Secret Settings" and "Broadcast Settings".
Removed Alternate Blocks from video settings.
Added "Main Hand" to the skin settings.
15w34aAdded "Attack Indicator" to the video settings.
16w02aadded "Voice/Speech" to the music & sound settings.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.1Added split screen option.
0.4.0Added option for peaceful mode.
0.7.0Redesigned options menu. There are now four sections in the menu, game, controls, graphics, and sound.
0.8.0Removed option for smooth lighting. It is now always on.
Added far (256 blocks) and farthest (400 blocks) render distances. Default is now far.
By default, fancy graphics is now on.
0.9.3View distance on Android is no longer limited to 3 sliders.
0.10.0Added the brightness slider. It is located in the graphics menu.
0.11.0Worlds can now be renamed.
Gamemode can be changed in the world edit menu.
On creative mode worlds the daylight cycle can be locked to day.
0.12.1Added option to swap jump and sneak.
0.13.0Multiplayer can now be disabled in the options menu.
0.13.1Removed sound section in the options menu. The volume slider is now in the Game section.
On the title screen the options icon is no longer a wrench.
Made the options icon slightly bigger.
0.16.0build 1Redesigned options screen.

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