When I try to set a block down or add a block to water or land - it doesn't really seem to matter where - they're breaking. It's like I'm digging when I'm not. I'm in Creative Mode and have been building all kinds of stuff (I'm pretty limited in my designs... still learning). It just started doing it not too long ago.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I may need to do to resolve the issues?

  • You seem to be having the opposite problem to this question, but some of the causes might be the same. I assume you're playing on single player, though, right?
    – MBraedley
    Nov 17, 2013 at 2:37
  • Do you mean that when you place a block, it breaks, or that when you try to place blocks you break existing blocks instead?
    – Kevin Reid
    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:38
  • Are you in a protected area? Nov 18, 2013 at 19:29
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    Question needs more detail. Are you; in single player? have any mods installed? On windows/linux/mac/console? From the sound of it, it would seem you have your mouse buttons inverted.
    – tremor
    Nov 25, 2013 at 17:13
  • If you are on Mac, the default setting is for the mouse to be all left-click and no right-click. If you have been building, then it has been working, but if you for some reason changed it back, then that's what is causing the issue (if it is Mac). Nov 28, 2013 at 16:57

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This is probably a problem with your controls. Go to options > controls > and check the attack/destroy and use item/place block controls. Keep in mind that button 1 is left click and button 2 is right click.


Go to Windows Mouse settings and make sure your primary button is left click. I had inverted my mouse controls to use my mouse left-handed.

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