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I'm playing on a Survival world with cheats on, "easy" difficulty, and at night in-game. I didn't have a sword or anything to make a sword with, and I was starving, so I switched to Creative to give myself a stack of food and a bed to set my spawn point. When I switched back to Survival, I couldn't destroy or place blocks. I'm on single player, and my Internet is fine, and I can destroy blocks still if I switch to creative. I've tried resetting the button one, and reloading the map, and it still doesn't work. I've even tried deleting everything I gave myself in Creative. This happened before on a different world and I ended up deleting it.

This only happens on this world. How do I fix it?

If I know I'm in the correct game mode, what else can cause this? Are there different causes in multiplayer?

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I suspect you used /gamemode 2 [player] instead of /gamemode 0 [player]. Game mode 0 will take you back to survival, whereas game mode 2 places you in Adventure mode, where no blocks can be destroyed, except with the right tools.

Instead of a number for the gamemode, you can use the full name (survival, creative, adventure, spectator) or an abbreviation of the name (s, c, a, sp) to avoid this mistake in the future.

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Note that you can now use the letter s, c, or a instead of a number with /gamemode, making this mistake easier to avoid. – SevenSidedDie Jan 6 '13 at 12:49
Also, the /gamemode command supports the words survival, creative, and adventure, as well as s, c, and a. – Timtech Aug 17 '13 at 20:44

Make sure that your gamemode is not set to adventure mode.

  • for regular survival mode enter : /gamemode 0
  • for creative mode enter : /gamemode 1
  • for adventure mode enter: /gamemode 2
  • for spectator mode enter: /gamemode 3

Each mode acts a bit differently

  • Survival mode is just the minecraft as everybody knows it and this is probably the mode you want to be changing in.
  • Creative is the mode in which you have unlimited blocks and resources to build everything in your imagination. You also have the ability to fly.
  • Adventure mode is the same as survival only you dont have the ability to destroy blocks (without the proper tool).
  • Spectator mode allows you to go inside players and mobs, as well as go through world borders and go down below the surface without getting suffocated (unless you change your gamemode).

If you know you're in the correct gamemode, another possibility is that you are too close to the spawn. This typically only applies to servers if they have some sort of spawn protection enabled.

Also clicking does not break (many) blocks, you need to click and hold. This doesn't apply to Creative mode. Initially only a few block types can be feasibly broken using only your hand, including dirt/grass, sand, wood and leaves, so try left-clicking and holding and see if you can break these types of blocks.

If nothing is happening when you left click, then your mouse button might not be properly mapped. Go into Options... -> Controls... and change Attack to your mouse button, typically Button 1. (Just click twice to change it.)

Finally, if you're playing on a server, there may be synchronization issues preventing you from breaking blocks, or performing other actions. This is typically referred to as "block lag", and is caused by the server not being able to keep up with updates coming from players. There isn't much you can do about it, unfortunately.

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Make sure you hold the mouse button down.

Many players make this mistake when moving from Classic or Creative to Survival. Blocks do not break instantly, so make sure you hold the mouse button down long enough.

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Check the controls in the setting. They may be messed up. Simply to setting and then the controls. Then go to ATTACK and make it Button 1. Example:

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Another reason is that you may be in Adventure Mode. Simply go into commands and type /gamemode s.

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