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I've used TMI and NEI many times in my SMP adventures, but I always find myself thinking "Well, I can just cheat in a few Stone to build this house. I mean.. I can get it easily anyhow so it's not really cheating." A little cheating opens the door to massive cheating like building entire structures in Creative mode and re-gifting myself items after dying.

So the question is, how can I use an inventory mod to look up recipes without that mod tempting me with a "cheat mode" button, or Creative mode toggle?

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What do you mean by inventory mod? One that orders your inventory, or one that lists all of the items in the game and how to make them? –  RhysW Jul 14 '13 at 16:10
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Close voters closing as off-topic: This seems to be on-topic as per the top-voted answer in the ff: Arqade Meta post, Is “mod rec” really am umbrella category that we want to use? –  galacticninja Oct 9 '13 at 14:34
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@fbueckert - I think reading the section titled "Judge questions by the problem being posed instead of the presupposed answer." in agent86's answer would be a good start to explaining why I do not agree with closing this nor do I think that editing to remove the mod request is required. –  Jason Berkan Oct 9 '13 at 16:37
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@fbueckert "Recommendations, mod or otherwise, are strictly off-topic... we re-word it to focus on THAT problem. "As per top-voted answer in the Arqade Meta post, Closed 'mod recommendation' Skyrim question: "At worst, these are XY problems - the person has posted their problem and jumped to the assumption that the solution is modding the game. I don't really even see the need to revise these type of questions generally, as answers that solve the problem while ignoring the asker's suggested solution are still answers." –  galacticninja Oct 9 '13 at 17:33
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NEI can be set to Recipe Mode. And if you think you'll still be too tempted to switch to cheat mode, open the file %appdata%\.minecraft\config\NEI.cfg and modify the following setting:

lockmode=0

This will make it impossible to switch to another mode ingame.

If you consider the ability to delete items (instead of having to burn them) no cheating, you could also set

lockmode=1
utility_actions=delete

to lock to utility mode, where the delete item icon is available in addition (I removed magnet, since that's already a cheat)

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Nice! Does setting lockmode also get rid of the Creative button? –  Snailer Jul 14 '13 at 16:45
    
Yes, unless you lock to utility mode (=1) and list creative in the utility_actions. There's a comment above the setting listing the possible utilities: #Choose from time, creative, rain, item, heal, delete, magnet, enchant (multiple possible when comma separated) –  Zommuter Jul 14 '13 at 16:47
    
Great, will accept when I get this working. Never looked at the .cfg file :P –  Snailer Jul 14 '13 at 16:48
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Also if he's using a bukkit server with Essentials installed he can do /recipe <item id/name>. –  Caelum19 Jul 19 '13 at 22:01
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@user2104648 Good point, though as you mention it requires a bukkit server, which at least for single player would probably be overkill. But that reminds me I think NEI has a server side plugin that allows setting permissions for what parts of client side NEI are allowed and which are not –  Zommuter Jul 20 '13 at 6:53
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