How to get Minecraft Editor

Minecraft's Bedrock Editor is a multiblock editing experience that helps you easily craft high-quality worlds in Minecraft Bedrock. The Editor is available in the Preview edition of Minecraft Bedrock, and you get to the user interface through a shortcut you create on your computer desktop.


The Editor is in early preview and we're working to add more capabilities. It will change significantly as we get feedback from creators like you. Also, the images of Editor in this document might vary a little from what you have on your screen.

First, we are going to install Minecraft Preview. Then, we will create the shortcut that launches Editor. After that, we will open Editor and make sure it works.

In this tutorial, you will learn the following:

  • How to install Minecraft Preview.
  • How to create the shortcut that launches Editor.
  • How to tell if everything is working correctly.


To get started, you need the following:

  • A Windows 10 (or higher) computer
  • Keyboard and mouse


Editor is not available on mobile.

Install Minecraft Preview

You will need the latest installation of Minecraft Preview. To learn more about what it is and where to get it, here is an article about Preview on

If you have the Minecraft Launcher installed, it is also possible to install Preview from there.

Image of Minecraft Launcher app in the Microsoft Store

You can get Minecraft Launcher from the Microsoft Store.

Image of Minecraft Launcher with Minecraft Preview tab displayed

After you install Preview, launch it normally to make sure everything is successfully installed.

Looks good? Great. Close Preview and move on to the next step.

Make a Shortcut

  1. Right-click on your desktop, select New from the dropdown, and choose to create a new Shortcut.

Windows new shortcut creation

  1. For the location of the item, enter the following:


    This is case-sensitive and needs to match exactly.

Editor create shortcut path

  1. Click Next and give your shortcut a name like Minecraft Editor.

  2. Click Finish. Your Editor shortcut has been created!

You should see the shortcut created on your desktop and it should automatically have the Minecraft icon if you set it up correctly. If the icon does not populate, don't worry.

Image of the Minecraft Editor desktop shortcut

  1. Double-click the shortcut to launch the Editor.

You should see Editor launch and display the "Create New Project" screen.

Great job! You're ready to create a project!


If you uninstall Preview, but you plan on installing a newer version of Preview later, you can leave the Editor shortcut on your desktop and it should work with the new version.


I can't get into the Editor when I open Minecraft

You can only access the Editor through the desktop shortcut and only if you have Preview installed. If you are attempting to access the Editor through Bedrock Preview or regular Minecraft directly, it will not work.

I added the desktop shortcut, but it won't open the Editor. What's going on?

Three things to check:

  • Is the desktop shortcut set up correctly? Remember it is case-sensitive and needs to match exactly. Ensure it says the following: minecraft-preview:?Editor=true.

  • Did you install Bedrock Preview? If not, you need to do that.

  • Do you have both Bedrock Preview and Bedrock (Retail) installed? You may have selected a checkbox that says "Always open" for Bedrock (Retail). To fix this, perform the following steps:

    1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.

    2. Select Apps and click Default apps.

    3. Scroll down to Minecraft and select it.

    4. Scroll down and find the MINECRAFT entry (it should also say Minecraft | URL:minecraft) and click it.

    5. In the pop-up, select Minecraft and click OK.

Apps > Default Apps window where you can set Minecraft Preview as the default app.

  • If you would like to open Editor a different way, you can open a file explorer window and enter minecraft-preview:?Editor=true into the path:

File explorer window with the Editor shortcut as the path

What's Next?

Now that you have Minecraft Bedrock Editor, you can learn more about the different parts (recommended)...

... or, you can jump right into the tutorial.