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Essential Commands 

Learn how to move around with one of the most common interfaces for Minecraft: Education Edition, a keyboard and mouse.  

Moving around Minecraft 

W – Move forward 

A – Strafe left 

S – Move backward 

D – Strafe right 

CONTROL – Sprint 


  • Jump by pressing the spacebar when walking. 
  • Hop to the block in front of you up by pressing space bar and W at the same time. 
  • Hint: This is great for moving up staircases. 
  • When swimming, the spacebar will bring you to the surface.  
  • Hint: When playing in Survival mode, you can’t hold your breath under water forever! Use the spacebar to catch a breath. 
  • Fly in Creative mode by pressing space bar twice 
  • Use these tips when trying to get somewhere quickly: 
  • Press space bar once more and you’ll levitate upwards. 
  • Press space bar twice again to drop back to the ground.  


  • When on the ground, press shift to crouch down and sneak. 
  • When in the air (Creative mode), press shift to fly downwards. 

Mouse controls 

1 – Attack/Destroy 

2 – Pick block. In Creative mode, “2” will place a copy of the target block in your Hotbar. 

3 – Use item/place block 

Other useful buttons 

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

Q – Drops the item you are carrying. 

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

C – Opens Code Builder. 

T – Opens the chat window. Press RETURN to send a message. 

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

1-9 – Selects the appropriate slot in the Hotbar. 

F1 – Toggles the interface visibility. This is handy when you want to take a screenshot. 

F5 – Changes your player perspective. Toggle to select from the following: First Person → Third Person Rear → Third Person → back to First Person 

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! 

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