Menu screen

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For the menu in which the settings can be changed, see Options.

The menu screen comprises all of the buttons and text for both the main menu and the pause menu. It is the interface that allows players to change options such as the game's language and active resource pack, as well as create a new world or join a multiplayer server. When the main menu opens, the game's logo appears with a splash caption beneath it. The game's menu can be accessed anytime by pausing the game with the Esc key by default.

The main menu features a panorama as a background as well as displaying the game's logo.

Main menu buttons[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

Java Edition menu screen, as of 1.17
Option Description
Singleplayer Choose a world to play or create one.
Multiplayer Opens the multiplayer join screen.
Minecraft Realms Opens the main Minecraft Realms menu.
LanguageButton.png Sets the game language.
Options Opens the main Options menu.
Quit Game Closes the game.
AccessibilityButton.png Opens accessibility settings.

Bedrock Edition[edit]

Bedrock Edition menu screen, as of 1.17.1
Bedrock Edition menu screen on PlayStation 4, with the "Editions" option.
Option Description
Play Choose a world to play, or create one.
Settings Opens Settings menu.
Marketplace Lets the player buy worlds, resource packs, skin packs, and other community-created content. The button is sometimes textured and animated, depending on what's currently being promoted on the Marketplace.
Editions[note 1] Switches the game to Legacy Console Edition.
Profile Choose, or make, a skin and view achievements.
Sign In
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Unlocks features like Achievements, Friends and Realms.
When already signed in, opens feedback site.

Minceraft[edit]

Minceraft in game.
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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition. 

There is a 1 in 10000 chance for the title screen to display "Minceraft" instead of "Minecraft". Notch implemented this as an Easter egg, and kept it as a small secret, enjoying that he was the only one who knew of its existence. After stating a secret was in Minecraft undiscovered, the internet sought out to find it. Soon after, Notch posted "A Post-Mortem of Minceraft" on Reddit.

In crash logs, a reference to Minceraft may appear as a joke, stating "You should try our sister game, Minceraft!".

Pause menu buttons[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

The pause screen in Java Edition.
Option Description
Back to Game Closes the pause menu and allows the player to continue playing Minecraft.
Advancements Shows all of the advancements the player has and hasn't completed.
Statistics Shows the player's statistics.
Give Feedback Provides a link to the feedback site.
Report Bugs Provides a link to the Java Edition page on bug tracker.
Options... Opens the "options" menu, which can change the difficulty, controls, settings, resource packs, music, sounds, and more.
Open to LAN Provides an option to allow players from the local network to play in this world.
Save and Quit to Title Saves the game's progress and goes back to the menu screen.

Bedrock Edition[edit]

The pause screen in Bedrock Edition
Option Description
Resume Game Closes the pause menu and allows the player to continue playing Minecraft. The pause menu does not actually pause the game; it continues running even in single-player mode.
Settings Opens the Settings menu, which allows the player to configure controls, difficulty, sounds, and more.
Feedback Shows links to the Minecraft feedback site, the bug tracker, and Mojang support site.
Save and Quit Saves the game's progress and goes back to the menu screen.
Profile Shows all of the achievements the player has and hasn't completed and choose a skin.

Sounds[edit]

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The specific instructions are:
  • Console button click sound event/files which may or may not have carried into console versions of Bedrock Edition

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
NoneMusicBackground music on main menumusic.menuNone1.01.0?
SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
NoneMaster VolumeClicking a menu buttonui.button.clickNone0.251.016

History[edit]

Main menu[edit]

Pause menu[edit]

Java Edition Indev
0.3120100131The menu screen was added.
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100327The "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
v1.0.4Replaced "Loading..." screen with a Mojang splash screen.
v1.0.10The Multiplayer button was no longer greyed out as SMP was added, although it was only for testing at this stage.
v1.0.12Changed "Save and quit to title.." to "Save and quit to title".
v1.2.0previewRAM usage information no longer shows up on the top right corner.
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.
1.8(preview)Completely revamped the title screen adding a version tag in the bottom left corner and new options in the option menu.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6"Mods and Texture Packs" button changed to "Texture Packs"
RC1The "Quit Game" button now appears regardless of how the game is launched.
1.111w49aAdded language select button.
Renamed "Save and quit to title" button to "Save and Quit to Title".
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.
1.12pre6Added the ability to view the credits when clicking the copyright text.
1.1419w06aAdded loading bars while loading the game and reloading resources.
19w13aAdded the "Accessibility Options" button to the main menu.
1.15.2pre1Clicking the "Multiplayer" button from the main menu now displays a disclaimer stating that "Online play is not rated".
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Added the menu screen.
v0.7.0Completely revamped the title screen adding a version tag in the bottom left corner and new options in the option menu.
v0.7.3Added the splash text to the main menu.
v0.7.6Removed the "Play on Realms" button from the main menu.
v0.11.0build 1Added a language button to the main menu.
v0.13.1Moved the skins button to the main menu.
Options button is no longer a wrench icon.
v0.14.0build 1Revamped menu screen.
v0.16.0?Removed language button
Changed signed in icon to link to feedback.minecraft.net instead of the Minecraft page in the Xbox app.
Bedrock Edition
1.5.0beta 1.5.0.10Reorganization of the main menu buttons.
1.12.0beta 1.12.0.3Renamed "Store" to "Marketplace".
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.15The "Achievement" and hangar buttons have been moved into a new "Profile" button.
1.16.200beta 1.16.200.55Added a UI startup screen to inform players if they are on outdated graphics drivers.
Legacy Console Edition
1.66.0016.0Added the menu screen.
1.66.0033.0Removed the greyed out "Multiplayer" button.
0.66.0054.0Added menu music.
TU8Renamed "Download Content" to "Minecraft Store".
TU36CU25 1.28 Patch 71.0.1Added mini games to the menu screen.
CU58Removed the "Download the latest version of Minecraft for FREE!" button from the main menu.
Java Edition Classic
0.0.12aAdded the pause menu, which, like today, could be opened by pressing ESC.
0.0.23aMenu buttons now have a texture.
Java Edition Indev
?Pause menu now stops the game.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.9The background of the pause menu has now been darker.
Java Edition
1.3.112w18aThe "Saving level..." text no longer appears in the pause menu among several other features broken by this version.
1.1116w38aCapitalised "Game menu" to "Game Menu".
1.1418w43aAdded the "Give Feedback" and "Report Bugs" buttons to the pause menu.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.2Added "Feedback" button to the pause menu.

Gallery[edit]

Main menu[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

Pocket Edition[edit]

Bedrock Edition[edit]

Pause menu[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

Pocket Edition[edit]

Bedrock Edition[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. PlayStation 4 only. Appears only if Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition was previously owned.

References[edit]