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How can you toggle between sneak and normal standing position? It's kind of annoying having to keep a button pressed while I try to build and move around to get a better view of what I am doing.

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Sounds like you've never played any FPS games before...ever. – zzzzBov Apr 12 '11 at 20:45
Suggestion: change sneak to Ctrl and use WASD or ESDF, your pinky should be able to hold down the CTRL key without too much of an issue. – zzzzBov Apr 12 '11 at 20:47
Changing sneak to CTRL just makes it harder to hit than SHIFT. That helps how? – Tanath Apr 12 '11 at 21:00
Shift is more natural for my hand. I thought there was a way to toggle. – Bombillazo Apr 22 '11 at 15:07
I've started a vote on the minecraft forum for how a toggle crouch/sneak could be implemented. Feel free to come by and vote. If you add your thoughts to the comment area on the thread you can help keep the issue alive and get noticed (= – user11201 Jul 22 '11 at 18:35
up vote 19 down vote accepted

While you're holding Shift to sneak, press the Alt key once. This will return control to your mouse pointer, and when you click on the game window again, you will be permanently crouched until you press Shift again.

This only works in windowed mode - there is currently no way to toggle crouch in fullscreen. Notch has, however, expressed interest in adding sneak toggle capability.

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Also note that this "tap <kbd>Alt</kbd> key glitch" works on Windows, but may not work on Linux or Mac. – Denilson Sá Jul 22 '11 at 19:32
It will not keep the state when you open a chat window, or other UI interface in the game. So you cannot for example use this to allow you to chat while treading water. You need a mod for that (see my answer :)) – InfinitiesLoop Jul 29 '11 at 17:31
It's just a window exploit for temporarily locked crouching, it's not meant to let you do things like simultaneously tread water and chat. – Keaanu Jul 29 '11 at 18:23
This no longer works. – Matt Lachman Sep 14 '13 at 19:44

I wrote a mod that does Toggle Sneak and MUCH MUCH more, and I plan on keeping it up to date with MC versions.

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Does it keep sneaking when using furnace, workbench, or chatting? – xfs Jun 6 '11 at 20:03
Yup! Which also means you can chat while hanging onto a ladder. I recommend you check out the demo youtube video in the forum post. – InfinitiesLoop Jun 6 '11 at 20:13
@Infinities I've been using your mod for about a week now and it's fantastic. Thanks a bunch, man. – Fambida Jul 29 '11 at 8:15
@Fambida Awesome, thanks! :) Always motivating to hear that. – InfinitiesLoop Jul 29 '11 at 17:29

Unfortunately, there's no built-in way to toggle sneaking in Minecraft. However, you could always tape down / weigh down your actual Shift key.

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If you are on a mac you can simply set the crouch command to the caps-lock key. unfortunately it doesn't seem to work for windows.

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There is a program called AutoHotkey that can do stuff like this for windows.

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Autohotkey is a large and complex program. This answer is useless without more information. – AttackingHobo Apr 13 '11 at 3:12
AHK isn't large or hard, nor is google, but since you are having problems with teh google, I can do it for you:… – Bill K Apr 13 '11 at 7:30
-1 for the google suggestion: the answers must be written here, or this site would be unreadable. – o0'. Apr 16 '11 at 17:56
Lo'oris are you suggesting I copy and paste the documentation of AutoHotkey or--well I didn't suggest google I actually googled the results and placed a link--should I have cut and copied the contents into a comment? Are you serious? – Bill K Apr 16 '11 at 21:36
I don't care much about votes, my 18,000 on SO hasn't gotten me any jobs yet (although I hate downvotes without a comment, that's rude, but that's not the case here). I do enjoy that the #1 answer is "You can't" which is blatantly wrong because it works perfectly well with AHK (the lowest voted answer), makes it pretty obvious that the community isn't always right--I don't need to spend the effort to correct them (although I'll gladly expend the effort to discuss it!). As far as I'm concerned, the irony is totally worth the 0 votes. – Bill K Jun 8 '11 at 22:15

To toggle on and off just change your sneak to caps lock

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