ACCESSIBILITY IN MINECRAFT

The Minecraft team is working hard to add features that make our games more accessible to ALL players. Here is a guide to some of the accessibility features that are in Minecraft today.

Accessibility settings

Minecraft includes an Accessibility Menu in Settings for easy access to accessibility settings. To access the Accessibility Menu on Bedrock editions, select Settings and the Accessibility Menu and options are displayed by default. On Java edition, click or tab to the Accessibility Menu icon on the main menu to access accessibility settings.

Accessible menu navigation and narration

All versions of Minecraft (using English as a language) include the ability to navigate the menus in an accessible way using a keyboard (or controller and touch on Bedrock). We are working to add support for more languages soon.

About menu UI narration:

  • On Bedrock, if you have a screen reader enabled on your platform, Minecraft will automatically enable menu UI narration when the game is launched.
  • On Java, menu UI narration can be toggled using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B anywhere in-game.
  • Menu UI narration can be enabled and disabled in the Accessibility Menu in Settings.

Tips on navigating menus:

  • Use arrow keys to navigate all menus in Bedrock edition on PC.
  • Use the Escape key as a shortcut to go back to the previous selection or close the current screen in Bedrock edition on PC.
  • Some screens, like the Play screen, contain tabs that are used to navigate different sections of the screen. Use the left bracket and right bracket keys (on a keyboard), or the RB and LB buttons (on a controller) to switch between tabs.

The Minecraft Launcher includes audio cues to help players navigate the login and launch experience. To enable audio cues on the Minecraft Launcher, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B. You should hear a sparkle ringing sound to confirm that the sound is enabled.

Tips on navigating the Minecraft Launcher:

If you have previously logged in and sound is enabled, follow these steps to launch Minecraft Java Edition:

  1. After starting the Launcher, you will hear a positive sound from a Villager indicating that you have now successfully entered the Launcher
  2. Press Enter to launch Minecraft Java Edition.
  3. Game music will indicate that Minecraft Java Edition has loaded.

If you are not logged in and sound is enabled, follow these steps to login and launch Minecraft Java Edition:

  1. Initial focus will be on the email/username text box.
  2. Enter your email/username.
  3. Press Tab to move to the password text box.
  4. Enter your password.
  5. Press Enter to Login. If the credentials are not valid, you will hear a negative sound from a Villager. Your focus will be reset to the email/username field to retry your login. If the credentials are valid, you will hear a positive sound from a Villager indicating that you have now successfully entered the Launcher.
  6. Focus will be on the Launch button, and you can press Enter to start the game.
  7. Game music will indicate that Minecraft Java Edition has loaded.

Accessible chat using text-to-speech

Minecraft includes an option to use text-to-speech for chat during any game session.

To enable text-to-speech for chat:

  1. Use the Accessibility Menu in Settings to enable text-to-speech for chat.
  2. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B at any point during a game session to enable text-to-speech for chat.

Tips on using text-to-speech for chat:

  1. Navigate to previously sent chat messages using the arrow keys on a keyboard or the left-thumbstick on a controller.
  2. Use the Escape key, or B button on a controller, when you have the text field selected to back out and navigate the chat screen on keyboard.

Future accessibility features

Minecraft is working on improving the existing features and adding additional features for accessibility in future updates. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on what is most important to you. Please submit your ideas at http://feedback.minecraft.net.