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The pause menu is one of Minecraft's multiple menu screens. Activated during gameplay, it provides a portal to configure game options, quit out of a world, and more.

This menu can be accessed anytime by pausing the game with the Esc key by default.


Java Edition[]

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.
Player Reporting Used to report players for abusive messages. Note that it is only accessible in multiplayer worlds.
Save and Quit to Title Saves the game's progress and goes back to the menu screen.

Bedrock Edition[]

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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.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
NoneMaster VolumeClicking a menu buttonui.button.clickNone0.251.016


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.[check the code]
1.1116w38aCapitalised "Game menu" to "Game Menu".
1.1418w43aAdded the "Give Feedback" and "Report Bugs" buttons to the pause menu.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.19.122w24aAdded a "Player Reporting" button, which is only visible while on a server.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta "Feedback" button to the pause menu.
1.17.30beta feedback button now appears at the down left as an icon.
The options, achievements or invite button now appear besides the feedback button.


Java Edition[]

Pocket Edition[]

Bedrock Edition[]

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