How to Make a Map in Minecraft


Maps are useful items in Minecraft, especially in survival mode and multiplayer servers. Quite simply, they are used to show the surrounding area, allowing players to navigate easier. In survival, they are typically used to prevent being lost when away from a house. This is a simple guide on how to create a map in Minecraft.

Part 1
Creating a Map

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You'll need the crafting table to create the map and its components, while you'll use the furnace in order to create parts for the compass that accompanies the map. If you're in creative mode, type map on search bar.

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In order to create a map, you'll need the following items: Sugar Canes - You'll need 9 of these. Sugar Canes are light-green stalks that usually grow near water. Iron ore - You'll need 4 of these. Iron ore resembles a grey block with orange flecks on it. Make sure to mine iron ore with at least a stone pickaxe. Redstone - You'll need one pile of Redstone. You can find Redstone starting at layer 16 and working down, so you'll likely need to dig quite far down to find Redstone. It resembles grey rock with glowing red freckles. Fuel - Anything that burns will do. You can gather 4 blocks of wood, or one block of something like charcoal or coal.

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Right-click (computer), left-trigger (console), or tap (mobile) the furnace to open it.

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Add your iron ore to the top box in the furnace interface, then add the fuel to the bottom box in the interface. The furnace will automatically begin running.

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Select the iron bars, then select an empty space in your inventory. On mobile versions of Minecraft, tapping an item will move it straight into your inventory. On console editions of Minecraft, selecting an item and then pressing Y or triangle will move the item straight into your inventory.

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Select the crafting table to do so.

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Place the Redstone pile in the center square of the crafting grid, then place an iron bar in the top-middle, bottom-middle, left-middle, and right-middle squares. You should see a compass icon appear. On mobile, tap the sword-shaped "Equipment" tab on the left side of the screen, then tap the compass-shaped icon. On console editions, select the "Equipment" tab, find the compass icon, and press A (Xbox) or X (PS).

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Select the compass, then select your inventory.

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To do so, place three Sugar Canes in the bottom-left crafting square, three in the bottom-middle square, and three in the bottom-right square. On mobile, tap the bed-shaped "Items" icon on the left side of the screen, then tap the white paper-shaped icon. On console editions, select the "Items" tab, select the paper-shaped icon, and press A or X.

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Place the compass in the center square of the crafting grid, then place one piece of paper in each of the remaining empty squares (8 pieces total). You should see a tan piece of paper appear; this is the map icon. On mobile, tap the "Equipment" tab, then select the map icon. On consoles, select the "Equipment" tab, select the map icon, and press A or X.

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Now that you've created your map, you can begin .

Part 2
Using the Map

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Select it in the equip bar at the bottom of the screen to do so. The map will be blank when you first create it, but you can fill it by moving around the world while holding it. The map will not fill itself unless you are holding it as your active item while moving through the world.

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Press the right mouse button or the left trigger, or tap and hold the screen (mobile). You should see the map open. On mobile, you can also tap Create Map if you see this option at the bottom of the screen. It may take a few moments for the map to fill the first time you use it. Your map will begin filling in the direction you are currently looking. North will always be at the top of the map.

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You'll see the world begin to appear on your map from a top-down perspective. The first map you create is a 1:1 representation of the world, so each pixel on the map represents a single block in the world. As you walk while using the map, you'll see the edges of the map start to fill with data. Your initial map will only fill until the space is taken up. Maps do not scroll to show more space, so you'll need to to see more.

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Your location will be noted by a white oval on the map. If you constructed your map without a compass (Bedrock Edition only), there will be no indicator.[1]

Part 3
Expanding the Map

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The first time you make a map, it's a set size; you can increase the size of the map up to four times (doubling it each time), allowing for a more comprehensive map of the world. You cannot expand a map in the Legacy Console versions of Minecraft. This is the version of Minecraft that was originally released for the Xbox 360/One and the PlayStation 3/4.

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You'll need eight pieces of paper for each zoom level (up to 32 pieces total). If you don't have at least 8 pieces of paper, before proceeding.

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Select the crafting table to do so. If you're using Minecraft on mobile, you'll need an anvil for this step instead.

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Click your map, then click the center square in the crafting grid. On mobile, tap the left-most square on the anvil's interface, then tap your map.

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Click your stack of paper, then right-click each empty space around the map at least once. On mobile, tap the middle square in the interface, then tap your paper.

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You should see a yellow map icon appear to the right of the crafting interface; click it, then click your inventory. If you added two or more pieces of paper to each crafting square, you can add back the map to create another zoomed-out version. On mobile, tap the resulting map in the far-right box to move it into your inventory.

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By placing the zoomed-out map back in the center of the crafting grid and surrounding it with paper again, you can zoom out your map once again. This process can be repeated up to three times after the initial expansion.

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By equipping the map and walking around with it, you'll be able to add the world's landmarks to the map.