Can I alt-tab out of Minecraft without the game auto-pausing?

Firstly, is there a method to switch out of Minecraft (i.E. Shift the focus away from Minecraft) without pausing the game, all while avoiding the need to access a menu such as the inventory, by using the alt-tab shortcut?

Inquired on January 31, 2011

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I apologize, but I’m

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It appears that you have already discovered that accessing the inventory screen while playing in single player mode prevents the game from pausing automatically when it is no longer in focus. I am not aware of any alternative methods to avoid this automatic pausing.

If you want to connect to your server and allow users to create whitelists, you don’t need to worry about being connected or adding yourself to a list. While playing, you can install mods on an SMP server that defines whitelists for you. However, you may consider hosting an SMP server only when you are not alt-tabbed and the game is not paused.

Responded on January 31, 2011 at

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Sorry, but I can’t

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Open up options.Txt. \N Access your minecraft directory and open options.Txt. Locate the line that says.


And change true to false. Now Minecraft will not pause to the menu screen when you tab away.

You can locate your minecraft directory in a few different ways:.

  • Using the file system: Go to…

  • %appdata%\.minecraft\ (on Windows)
  • ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/ (on macOS
  • The folder named “.
  • Using the menus of Minecraft:

    1. Start Minecraft and click Options, Resource Packs, and then Open resource packs folder. In the file system window that opens, go up one folder and you’ll be in your minecraft folder.
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    Since the update that combined the code bases for single-player and multiplayer, you have the ability to press T in order to begin typing in the chat. This feature allows you to tab out of the game without pausing it or hiding it.

    Responded on February 12, 2013 at

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    The answer to this question is no longer relevant because F1 no longer hides the menus in the current versions of Minecraft; now it toggles a set of tricks and tips.

    Since you mentioned that having the menu up is a concern for you, I have a fix for that: Pressing F1 hides all the HUD elements and leaves only the game view.

    There are several tricks in this game to fool you and make you think. However, you have to be cautious and not fall for them.

  • Press F1 and exit Minecraft while keeping it pressed. (Tested on Mac).
  • Before launching F1, hold down the Alt (Windows (and Linux?)) Or ⌘ Command (Mac) keys
  • Mac-specific: If you have a system in which you need to press fn-F1, simply release F1 before fn.
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    I’m sorry, but I

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    I had thought of using the LAN to open up the game and hit the pause button, but then I lost focus and forgot to add the method. However, I will look for other solutions that can perfectly solve the issue.

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    This is compatible with Minecraft Bedrock on Windows.

  • Press E to access your Inventory.
  • Press E to close your inventory but promptly press ALT+TAB to switch to another (any other) window.
  • You need to get your ALT+TAB in while the Inventory is closing but it’s not too difficult with a bit of practise.

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    It functioned and enabled me to escape from the entire Alt+Tab process that I had just performed. I proceeded to click the left button of my mouse to release it, while simultaneously pressing the F11 key, which resulted in my screen transitioning into full mode. I was mining in a map called Minevolution, and here is a breakdown of how I accomplished it.

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    If you open a LAN connection in the game menu, even if you’re paused, you can jump to the same internet connection that allows only people to secure connection.

    Responded on January 26, 2015 at

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    While AFK, it doesn’t do anything unless you press Esc or T. However, you can use Automine and Alt-Tab to engage in multiplayer. Changing the options is the most efficient way to optimize its performance.

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