Gaming Game Play & Streaming 189 189 people found this article helpful Basic Controls for Minecraft on PC Keyboard shortcuts and mouse controls for playing on PC By Scott Marriott Writer Former Lifewire writer Scott Alan Marriott covered simulation video games, and was also the senior editor for Allgame.com. His work has appeared in Classic Gamer Magazine and others. our editorial process Scott Marriott Updated February 23, 2020 Lifewire / Scott Marriott Game Play & Streaming Consoles & PCs Cheats & Codes Gaming Services Game Play & Streaming Mobile Gaming Tweet Share Email While you can play Minecraft using a PC gaming controller, keyboard shortcuts make it easier to jump on top of things, sneak up on people, and perform other actions. Learn how to take full advantage of keyboard and mouse controls for Minecraft on PC. Information in this article applies to all PC versions of Minecraft for Windows and Mac. Movement Controls for Minecraft on PC The basic controls for Minecraft are similar to most other PC games that use a qwerty keyboard: Key Action W Move forward A Sidestep left S Move backward D Sidestep right Left or Right Shift Stack Left Shift (Hold) Sneak Left Control or W (Double-tap) Sprint Space Bar Jump or swim In Minecraft Creative Mode, tap the space bar twice to fly. While flying, press the space bar again to move higher up and press Shift to move down. Gamepedia Minecraft Wiki Minecraft Mouse Controls Most action commands are executed with the mouse. Mouse Command Action Move Mouse Look around Left Mouse Button (click) Attack or use the item in your main hand Left Mouse Button (hold) Break nearby blocks Left Mouse Button (hold and drag) Split a stack evenly Left Mouse Button (double-click) Sort loose items into a single stack Right Mouse Button (click) Place a block, interact with objects Right Mouse Button (hold and drag) Put one item from a stack in each inventory slot Mouse Scroll Wheel (scroll) Switch items in the inventory toolbar, scroll through the quick-bar and chat when opened Mouse Scroll Wheel (click) Switch to the block you're currently looking at, as long as it's in your inventory If you're playing on a laptop with a track-pad, it may be easier to use an external gaming mouse. Inventory Controls Key Action E Open inventory 1-9 Select a hotbar item F Swap the items between hands Q Drop the item in your hand Control + Q Drop a stack of items Multiplayer Controls Key Action T Open the chat menu Tab List all players / Open the chat window Minecraft Shift Commands Using the Shift key with the mouse buttons or other keys has different effects depending on the situation: Key Context Action Shift + Left Click In the inventory screen Move items between your inventory and the hotbar Shift + Left Click In front of an open container Move an item into your inventory Shift + Left Click While crafting Craft the max possible number of an item Shift + Up or Down In the multiplayer server selection menu Change the order of servers Miscellaneous Controls Key Action L Open the Advancements screen Escape Pause, open the Options menu F1 Hide the heads-up display F2 Take an in-game screenshot F3 View the debug display to show the character's coordinates and other information F4 Disable shaders F5 Toggle between first-person (default) and third-person perspective F6 Toggle stream on/off F7 Pause stream F8 Improve mouse sensitivity F11 Switch between full-screen and windowed displays Control + B Toggle the narrator on/off C + # Save the current toolbar to the specified number X + # Load the specified tool bar You can change the controls for Minecraft in the Options menu. More from Lifewire Overview of Platforms Minecraft Is Available On It's Just 2 Simple Commands to Install Minecraft on Ubuntu Learn How to Connect a PS3 Controller to a PC to Play Games on Steam How to Create a Minecraft Server Using Raspberry Pi Sabrent Mini Travel Mouse The 8 Best Xbox One Keyboards and Mice of 2020 Why Is Minecraft So Important? PC vs. Console for Online Gaming How Do You Put Accents Over Letters on Mac and PC? Turn Your Phone into a Mouse, Keyboard, or Remote Control How to Rotate the Screen on Chromebook Minecraft is More Fun With Mods, But How Do You Tell if a Mod is Safe? Safety Tips for Parents of Minecraft Players Minecraft Review The 6 Best PC Gaming Controllers of 2020 Will Minecraft Ever Be Finished?