How do I exit Minecraft without a break?

Minecraft is one of the greatest action-adventure sandbox games to come out. The game is now over a decade old and still has a strong player base and support for all major platforms.

However, much of the gameplay can feel redundant as you have to do the same thing over and over again. When farming XP or doing repetitive tasks, it’s good to just leave Minecraft running in the background. However, once you alt-tab out of the game, it will automatically pause.

This article describes how to Alt-Tab out of Minecraft without pausing the game for both Java and Bedrock editions.

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For the Java edition, the easiest way to do this is by changing the Options.txt File present in the root folder of the game. Once you find the file, look for the following entry

pauseOnLostFocus:true

Change the above flag to NOT CORRECT, and Minecraft stops pausing every time you alt-tab out of the game. Alternatively, you can also use the F3+P In-game shortcut to switch to another window without pausing.


Because the Bedrock edition handles files differently than the Java edition, the Options.txt File for Bedrock does not contain the same flag above. However, you can work around the problem in two ways.

If you Alt-Tab out of the game with a menu open, e.g. B. your chat box or inventory, the game will not pause even if you minimize it or switch to another window. Note, however, that this only works for single player modes.


Hosting an SMP server

If you’re hosting an SMP server and you’re the only person connected, you can exit the game without worrying about opening menus before switching or changing files. Because the game runs on a multiplayer server, the game world will continue to function as usual, whether you’re in Minecraft or not. This also works for the Java edition of the game.

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