I still can't break blocks. I am on Survival and I checked my controls, and my pick block button is button 1. I tried picking dirt but it still won't work.

  • When you try to pick up dirt, is your inventory full or is there still space in it.
    – danilka1
    May 1, 2013 at 19:03

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Setting your button 1 to "pick block" means that your left mouse button no longer does what it's supposed to, which is breaking blocks. Set button 1 to "Attack" in order to use it to break blocks.

Once you've fixed that, go find some dirt and hold down the Attack button (i.e., button 1 a.k.a. your left mouse button) – you'll know it's working because you'll see your arm, tool, or item vigorously smacking at the block, and cracks will spread across the block until it breaks.

"Pick block" means "choose the block", not "pick-axe the block". Block picking to get new blocks only works in Creative mode, and is just a quick way of choosing what block to equip. It has only limited use in Survival since it can't give you blocks, only switch to any matching stack already in your hotbar.

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    Also, he needs to hold down to break the block, not just click. Apr 27, 2013 at 1:52
  • This answer is partially incorrect, Pick Block does have a function in Survival. If you place your crosshair on a block and press the 'Pick Block' key, if you have the [block your aiming at] equipped in your quick-bar, you will equip that block.
    – Ender
    Apr 27, 2013 at 18:33
  • @Ender That's right, I forgot about that. Apr 27, 2013 at 20:47

Pick Block is not breaking a block but rather than to actually select the block in your inventory in Survival or Choose a block in Creative instead to search for it.

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