Since I have installed quite a few of mods I decided to also install Not Enough Items so that I wouldn't have to look at the wiki of every mod when I want to craft something.

But my NEI doesn't show an options button when I press E. I only want to play on Survival mode, so all I need is recipe mode but it's locked on cheat mode. How can I fix this?

  • You may want to try Too Many Items, as this has worked better for me than NEI, TMI uses an easier interface. Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 23:55

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The Problem

You are in a scenario where you set the mode on other mode that cheat mode but you can't change it.


Try to click the button on the bottom left. If you click it, it will change the mode into the world mode. Now just go to the option to change cheat mode and recipe mode. You'll notice a W button in front of the mode selection. Now, click it so it disappears. There you go! Recipe mode!

What is World Mode?

To simply explains it, NEI can save your own setting in each world. Lots of people are getting this trouble too. So I suggest you to check that.

  • I don't think you read my question right, when I press E it doesn't show the options* button on the bottom left corner, there is nothing there, I've seen so many videos that say how to change to recipe mode, and every single one of them says to go to options mines simply doesn't show an **options button at all, I tried reinstalling NEI and and also reinstalling **minecraft but no change. Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 3:27
  • Try to toggling NEI on or off using the O button. But if still no, I think you need to edit NEI in your config folder.
    – Angelo
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 3:35

I don't know what might cause the options button to not be visible... but if you do need only the recipe mode than it might be even better this way (less clutter on the inventory screen), and there is a solution.

Go to your minecraft\config\NEI folder, and open client.cfg in a text editor (like Notepad++, though anything will probably work). Therein find the line:


The number indicates mode you're in. 2 is cheatmode, 0 is recipe mode. Change it to 0, and you should achieve what you need.

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