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Minecraft Controls

This article explains how to move around with the most common interface for Minecraft: Education Edition, a keyboard and mouse. We encourage you to bookmark or print out this page while you are learning how to play, you’ll likely want to refer to it often.

Moving around Minecraft


Move forward.


Strafe left.


Move backward.


Strafe right.


  • When walking, spacebar will allow you to jump.
  • Pressing spacebar and W at the same time will allow you to move up the block in front of you. This is great for moving up staircases.
  • When swimming, spacebar will also bring you to the surface. This is important in Survival so you can breathe (you can’t hold your breath forever).
  • When in creative mode, pressing spacebar twice in a row will let you fly. Pressing it once more will let you levitate upwards. Pressing it twice again will drop you back to the ground. This is handy when you are trying to get somewhere quickly.


When on the ground, you will crouch down and sneak. When in the air (creative mode), you will fly downwards.



Mouse Controls




Pick block (Places a copy of the target block in your Hotbar – Creative Mode Only)


Use item/place block

Other handy buttons


Returns you to the menu and then back to the game.


Drops the item you are carrying.


  • Opens and closes your inventory.
  • In creative mode, you can view all the building blocks at your disposal this way.


Opens the chat window. (Press RETURN to send message)


Opens the chat window with a / already typed. This is handy to quickly enter commands.


Selects the appropriate slot in the Hotbar.


Toggles the interface visibility. This is handy when you want to take a screenshot.


Changes your player perspective. Minecraft has the following perspectives to select from:

First person perspective

Third person, back view

Third person, front view

Changing settings
If these keyboard settings are non-intuitive, you can change them. You can also see how to move around with a controller, a touch interface, or modify any or all of these settings:

  • Press ESC to return to the menu.
  • Select Settings
  • Scroll down to Controls and click on the desired interface.
  • Modify as needed – if you make a mistake or want to go back, you can find the reset button to change everything back at the bottom of the list.
  • No need to save, the settings are updated automatically. Find out what works best for you!

Additional Resources
Tutorial World
Learning to Play Minecraft: Education Edition

Updated April 5, 2018