Minecraft: Java Edition


Every Minecraft: Java Edition Hotkey You Need to Know

Abhimannu Das
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Minecraft Java Edition is heavily customizable through mods and knowing all the hotkeys can help you control your experience.
The debug menu is one of the most important elements of Minecraft Java Edition as it helps you see important stats.
Multiplayer settings can also be edited at any time using the Multiplayer Hotkey.

Unlike the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, the Java Edition of the game opens up tons of new possibilities. To maximize your experience, it is recommended to use hotkeys for quick actions that can help you debug the game, edit interactions, and more. Here is a list of all default hotkeys in Minecraft: Java Edition.

Minecraft: Java Edition Hotkeys

Here are all the default hotkeys that you can use in Java Edition: 

Scroll - Scrolls through your quick bar and the chat when opened. 

Esc - Opens the game menu and allows cursor control. It also pauses single-player games. 

F1 - Toggles HUD 

F2 - Takes screenshots and stores them in your .minecraft folder 

Shift + Left Mouse Button Interactions: 

  • Clicking an item or stack will move it between inventory and stack. 

  • When a container is open, shift + clicking on an item will move up to a stack between the container and the inventory. 

  • When a furnace is open, shift + clicking an item or stack in the furnace moves it to the applicable inventory slot. 

  • When crafting, shift + clicking on the crafted item automatically crafts the maximum number of the selected item for the materials be used (up to one stack), and it will move all the crafted items to the inventory. 

  • In the survival inventory tab of the creative inventory, shift + clicking the ‘X’ clears the whole inventory in any other tab, shift + clicking an item puts a stack into the hotbar. 

F3 - Toggles the debug menu
When the debug menu is open: 

  • 1-9 Number Keys – Displays a more detailed view of the graph on the right 

  • 0 Key - Display less detailed graph 

  • Shift + F3 - Display profiler graph 

  • F3 + Q - Displays help menu that lists all debug menu shortcuts 

  • F3 + A - Reloads all chunks 

  • F3 + T - Reloads all textures, sounds and web-loaded client resources. This is useful for texture pack creators. 

  • F3 + P - Toggle the auto-pause when the window is out of focus 

  • F3 + H - Toggle detailed item descriptions 

  • F3 + C - Hold this key for 10 seconds to trigger a manual debug crash, after the keys are released. 

  • F3 + B - Toggle Showing hitbox around entities 

  • F3 + D - Clear chat history, including previous commands 

  • F3 + N - Cycles between spectator mode and the previous game mode.

  • F3 + G - Show the chunk boundaries immediately surrounding the player. 

Movement Hotkeys: 

  • Space - Jump 

  • Double Tapping Space - Toggle fly mode in creative mode 

  • Left Shift - Sneak 

  • Left Control - Sprint 

  • A - Strafe Left 

  • D - Strafe Right 

  • S - Walk Backward 

  • W - Walk Forward 

Left Mouse - Attack/Mine 

Middle Mouse (Scroll wheel button) - Pick Block 

Right Mouse - Use Item/Place Block 

Q - Drop item 

Ctrl + Q - Drop whole stack of items. (For Macintosh users, use Control + Command + Q- Otherwise it will close your game) 

1-9 Number keys - Select hotbar slot of the number you pressed 

E - Open Inventory 

F - Swap held item(s) to offhand 

Creative Mode: 

  • X + 1-9 Number Key - Loads Toolbar Activator 

  • C + 1-9 Number Key - Saves Toolbar Activator  


  • Tab - See the List of Players 

  • While in chat window + tab - Cycle through possible commands or arguments and also auto-completes player names 

  • T - Open Chat 

  • / - Open Command (Open the chat window with “/” character already entered) 

  • Shift + Up Arrow/Down Arrow- In the multiplayer server selection menu, shift + up and shift + down moves a server name to a specific position. You can also hold shift while a server name is selected and left click another server name, they will swap positions in the menu. 

L - Advancements 

F5 - Toggle perspectives (between third person and rear-view) 

F11 - Toggle fullscreen 

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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