The Inventory is the pop-up menu that the player uses to manage items they carry. From this screen a player can equip armor, craft items on a 2×2 grid, and equip tools, blocks and items on the hotbar displayed at the bottom of the screen. The player's Minecraft skin is displayed here as well.
The inventory is opened and closed by pressing the on PlayStation, the Y button on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, the X button on the Wii U, and ••• on mobile devices all open the inventory. The key also closes the inventory on PC.key by default, which can be changed from the in-game options menu.
Crafting is done in the 2×2 grid on PC, but in the console editions it is simplified in a separate crafting interface; as a result, the 2×2 grid and its output slot are not present. However, in the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 editions, a cursor feature is available.
The inventory consists of 4 armor slots, 27 storage slots, and 9 hotkey slots (this group of slots sometimes called "hot bar" or "quick-access bar"). Items in the hotkey slots can be selected during gameplay using the keyboard (keys update 1.9, there is also an off-hand slot for a Shield.) or mouse wheel, placed, or wielded with the mouse buttons on PC. On PS3 this bar is scrolled through with and , and items are placed or wielded with and . As of
Some items stack up to a maximum of 64 in one slot. Blocks and food are stackable but tools (with the exception of clocks and compasses) are not. Snowballs, eggs and Ender Pearls are special and can only stack up to 16. To split a stack, right-click the stack (in PC), or press on PS3. This leaves half the stack on the square and allows the player to move the other half. Conversely, while holding a stack in the inventory, right click/square can be used to place just one item anywhere on the inventory grid.
One way to organize and craft items is by holding (on PS3) and clicking on the item; doing so will change the item's position to the hotbar, the inventory slots, to the armor slots if the item can be worn by the player or if the item is stackable, it will stack along with other equal items. Moreover, holding and clicking on an item/pressing circle while a chest is open will immediately move the item(s) into the chest. Also, if the player clicks/presses on an item in the chest, the stack will enter their inventory. These features are collectively called quick move on PS3, and also allow quick movement of items to Furnaces, Anvils, Brewing Stands and Enchantment Tables in the same way as chests, but only for items that can be used in them.(on PC), or pressing
Items can be dropped into the world by clicking outside the inventory window while holding items, by closing the inventory with items either held or placed in the 2x2 crafting grid or by pressing (this can be changed in the Control Settings). Items dropped in the game world will disappear after 5 minutes if not collected, but items placed using the right mouse button will not. Chests can be used to extend the player's inventory space, but they must be placed in the game world before they can be used. Armor is only considered equipped when it is in an armor slot; when in any of the regular inventory slots, it is not considered "worn" and does not offer protection. Inventory is saved on multiplayer servers, so that players' personal inventory, chests, etc. are saved when they leave, allowing the players to continue where they left off. Items have tooltips displaying their name if the cursor is hovered over the item.
Creative mode inventory
In Creative Mode, the inventory contains all blocks and items from Survival, along with some others that can't be found, like spawn eggs. The player can pick up blocks from here to use endlessly or drop things right in the menu to remove them. Clicking on something more than once will give them a stack of that block or item. Right-clicking a block or item will give the player a full stack. The Creative mode inventory menu is sorted into 10 sections labeled on tabs: 'Building Blocks', 'Decoration Blocks', 'Redstone', 'Transportation', 'Miscellaneous', 'Foodstuffs', 'Tools', 'Combat', 'Brewing', and 'Materials'. There is also a search box and survival inventory tab. In PS3 the creative mode inventory is the normal inventory, and the Creative mode item list is instead accessed through the creative mode interface, which replaces the crafting interface in Creative Mode.
Using the search tab on PC, one can access any levels of enchanted books, whereas only books of the maximum levels can be found in the 'Tools' and 'Combat' sections of the inventory.