Is there anyway I can run Minecraft in the background so I can harvest items from my automated mob grinder while doing other activities, other than by setting up a server for myself? If I just minimise the game, it automatically pauses itself.


Open up your inventory (or the crafting window or furnace window) and then minimize the game.

  • I wonder if you can do CTRL+ALT+DEL and then when Minecraft loses focus just downsize it.
    – user7268
    Jul 14 '11 at 4:53
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    Hitting 't' to bring up chat works too, and you can still see what's going on.
    – Alain
    Jul 15 '11 at 19:39
  • If you're in multiplayer, the server will run regardless of what you do client-side.
    – Kevin Yap
    Jul 15 '11 at 20:27

F3+P allows you to minimize the game without it becoming suspended. There are other F3 debug commands, too.

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