How to Stop Lag in "Minecraft"

By Elizabeth Olson

Updated September 22, 2017

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"Minecraft" is an independently-created sandbox game by Markus "Notch" Persson. "Minecraft" players build structures, craft items and battle zombies in a three-dimensional, block-based universe. Although its graphics appear simple, "Minecraft" is a resource-intensive game. Because of the size and scope of the "Minecraft" world, players may experience lag that significantly impacts game play. Luckily, there are several steps players can take to optimize the program's performance and minimize lag.

Lower your graphics settings. Press the Escape key on your keyboard to open the "Options" menu in the game. Click the "Video Settings" button. Click the "Graphics" button to change the setting from "Fancy" to "Fast." In the same menu, click the button labeled "Render Distance" and set the distance to "Tiny."

Close other programs. Having other programs running in the background can significantly affect the game's performance. Exit any unused programs to free up system resources.

Raise the program's priority. Simultaneously, press and hold the "Ctrl," Alt" and "Delete" keys on your keyboard to open your Task Manager window after launching "Minecraft." Click the "Processes" tab and locate "Javaw.exe" in the list. Right click on "Javaw.exe" and select "Set Priority" from the menu. Click on "High."