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Top 5 Minecraft features that only veterans will recognize

Minecraft is a game full of little tricks, features and glitches that many overlook. However, an experienced in-game veteran uses all the tricks at their disposal and may be more aware of them than novices.

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Many of the lesser-known features in Minecraft may be elusive, but most of them are useful nonetheless. If you’re a new player, it might be worth checking out some of these features and tricks.

There are too many of these features to list, but here are some that Minecraft veterans use quite often.


Features you can use like Minecraft pros

5) Touch Screen Mode and Crafting Grid

Using touchscreen mode can give you extra inventory slots (Image via Wifies/YouTube)
Using touchscreen mode can give you extra inventory slots (Image via Wifies/YouTube)

Touchscreen mode is usually not something most players think about when they enjoy Minecraft on PC. However, using this mode and your number keys can give you a little extra inventory space through the crafting grid.

When you activate Touchscreen mode, you use the number hotkeys to place items from your inventory into your crafting grid in the same UI. Then, after clicking outside of your inventory screen, your items should remain in the crafting grid without cluttering up any inventory slots.

However, remember that this trick was patched in update 1.19m. That said, it will still work fine if you’re playing on older versions of the game.


4) Leather boots and powder snow

Leather boots are often overlooked in Minecraft, as they don’t provide much armor. However, they have a particularly useful function when it comes to powder snow.

If you step into powder snow blocks with metal boots or barefoot, you will normally begin to sink and take ice damage. Leather boots, however, allow you to climb powder snow and climb the blocks while others sink.


3) Name chests

Naming your chests in Minecraft is an incredibly useful way to sort items (Image via Skip the Tutorial/YouTube)
Naming your chests in Minecraft is an incredibly useful way to sort items (Image via Skip the Tutorial/YouTube)

Most Minecraft players know that anvil blocks are used to repair and rename items. However, anvils can rename much more than weapons and armor. If you place a chest in the feed slot of an anvil, you can rename it.

For those who are tired of using item frames to sort their items (or if they don’t have them available), you can name your storage boxes for convenience.


2) The F3 + F4 menu

A game switching menu has been added, but is rarely mentioned in Minecraft 1.16 (Image via Mojang)
A game switching menu has been added, but is rarely mentioned in Minecraft 1.16 (Image via Mojang)

One Minecraft feature that may have eluded many is the game switcher menu. If players have cheats enabled, they can switch between the different in-game modes without entering commands multiple times.

Just hold down the F3 key and then press F4. Each time you do this, the game mode changes and you can avoid typing some commands that can waste your precious time.

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1) The Riptide Elytra trick

Riptide enchanted tridents are a great tool for fast travel (Image via Phoenix SC/YouTube)
Riptide enchanted tridents are a great tool for fast travel (Image via Phoenix SC/YouTube)

While novices may have used the Riptide enchantment with their Trident, it has one particularly useful feature that emerges with Elytra. If you’re in mid-flight with Elytra and he’s rising, use your Riptide-enchanted trident as if you’re going to throw him.

Doing so will have you moving forward at dizzying speeds and you can repeat the action to reach a maximum speed of 125 blocks per second.

Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul



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