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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 (when not in a GUI) by pausing the game with the Esc key by default.


Java Edition[]

Game Menu

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[]

Minecraft Screenshot 2022.08.07 - 14.18.44

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.
Marketplace Opens the Marketplace.
Save and Quit Saves the game's progress and goes back to the menu screen.
Dressing Room (below player skin) Allows the player to change their skin and access the character creator.

(speech bubble icon, bottom left)

Opens the Minecraft Feedback site.

(potion icon, bottom left)

Shows all of the achievements the player has and hasn't completed.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
NoneMaster VolumeWhen a menu button is clickedui.button.clickNone0.251.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
SoundWhen a menu button is clickedrandom.click0.21.0


Java Edition Classic
0.0.13aAdded the pause menu, which, like today, could be opened by pressing ESC.
0.0.13a_03Added "Game menu" title.
0.0.14a0.0.22a 05 menuscreen Changed "Generate new level" to "Generate new level..." button.
0.0.23a0.0.23a 01 menuscreen Added "Options..." button.
Menu buttons now have a stone like texture.
Java Edition Indev
20100206-1Pause menu now stops the game.
Java Edition Infdev
20100327Infdev march 27 menuscreen Added "Change world..." and "Quit game" buttons.
Removed "Generate new level...", "Save level..", and "Load level.." buttons.
20100608Infdev 20100608 Game menu Changed background overlay.
20100624Infdev 20100624 Game menu Changed "Quit game" to "Save and quit to title.." button and background overlay.
Removed "Change world..." button.
20100629Infdev 20100629 Game menu Moved buttons closer to center and swapped "Back to game" and "Options..." buttons.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.9Alpha v1.0.9 Game menu The background overlay has now been darker.
v1.0.12Changed "Save and quit to title.." to "Save and quit to title".
Java Edition Beta
1.5Beta 1.5 menuscreen Added "Achievements" and "Statistics" buttons.
Java Edition
1.111w49a11w49a menuscreen Changed "Back to game" to "Back to Game" and "Save and quit to title" to "Save and Quit to Title" buttons.
1.3.112w18aThe "Saving level..." text no longer appears in the pause menu among several other features broken by this version.[check the code]
12w25a12w25a menuscreen Added "Open to LAN" button.
1.1116w38aCapitalized "Game menu" to "Game Menu" title.
1.1217w13a17w13a menuscreen Changed "Achievements" to "Advancements" button.
1.1418w43a18w43a menuscreen Added the "Give Feedback" and "Report Bugs" buttons.
1.19.122w24aAdded a "Player Reporting" button, which is only visible while on a server.
1.19.322w43a22w43a menuscreen Moved down title and buttons.
pre118w43a menuscreen Reverted 22w43a changes.
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.


Pocket Edition[]

Bedrock Edition[]

See also[]