How to install Minecraft Forge and gain access to thousands of new ‘Minecraft’ mods

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Installing “Minecraft” mods is easy with Minecraft Forge.

  • You can install Minecraft Forge from the Forge website, where it’s free to download.
  • Minecraft Forge is an add-on for “Minecraft: Java Edition” that lets you install and enable mods.
  • Make sure that you download the version of Minecraft Forge that corresponds with your current “Minecraft” version.
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Minecraft” is famous for how many mods it has, and how easy they are to install. These mods can be practical – like creating a new item – or they can add fun thematic elements to your game, such as new game modes.

To install these mods, you’ll need to use a free add-on called Minecraft Forge. This will let you customize “Minecraft: Java Edition” with mods.

Here’s how to install Minecraft Forge, and use it to install mods.

How to add a mod to Minecraft

Forge won’t come with mods built into it, so you’ll need to find them yourself. You can find all sorts of “Minecraft” mods through Google, and websites like minecraftmods.com.

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There are thousands of “Minecraft” mods, with new ones being added each day.

Once you’ve found one that’s appealing, save the file to your newly-created Forge mods folder. The address on your PC will be: C:Users[your username]AppDataRoaming.minecraftmods

On a Mac, it’ll be: [your computer’s name] > Macintosh HD > Users > [your username] > Library > Application Support > minecraft > mods

In place of [your username], insert the name of the account you’re using on your computer.

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You can search for “Mods” if you are having trouble locating your Minecraft Mods folder.

Once you’ve done that, you can check that the mod is enabled by clicking the “Mods” tab on the “Minecraft” main menu (see above), then confirming that the mod is listed in the left column beneath the “Minecraft” version you’re running.

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The Zombie Extreme mod gives you “Minecraft,” but with extra powerful zombies.

For more details on installing mods, as well as a guide on how to install resource/texture packs (a different type of mod), check out our article, “How to install ‘Minecraft’ mods and resource packs to completely reinvent your game.”

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How to use a Name Tag in ‘Minecraft’ to customize your favorite NPCs

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You can use Name Tags in “Minecraft” to personalize your world.

  • You can use Name Tags in “Minecraft” to rename nearly any NPC, and prevent them from despawning.
  • Unlike most “Minecraft” items, you can’t craft Name Tags – you’ll have to find them randomly, or trade for them.
  • Giving certain NPCs certain names can trigger unique effects.
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If you’ve spent a lot of time in “Minecraft” visiting and trading with a single village, you might grow attached to the NPCs in the town. Luckily, there’s a great way to both make your NPCs feel special, and help them stand out from other similar characters.

Here’s everything to know about Name Tags, rare “Minecraft” items that can help personalize your game – including where to find them and how to use them.

How Name Tags work in ‘Minecraft’

Name Tags are items that, when placed on an NPC, give them a unique name. The name you give will be displayed above their head whenever you get close and look at them.

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A creeper with a Name Tag, renamed to “Steve.”

Naming an NPC also makes it so they’ll never despawn. This means that if you rename a random zombie in a cave, for instance, that zombie will remain there forever, even if you leave and never come back. However, renamed NPCs can still die, at which point you’ll lose the Name Tag.

Every NPC can be renamed except for the Ender Dragon. You can’t rename other players.

Unlike most things in “Minecraft,” you can’t actually craft a Name Tag. You’ll have to find or trade for this one. This can take awhile if you don’t know where to look.

Fortunately, there’s a few reliable locations to loot a Tag, one surefire way to trade for them, and even a method involving fishing – although you’ll need to be lucky.

How to find a Name Tag in ‘Minecraft’

Here’s three different ways you get a Name Tag.

How to use your Name Tag in ‘Minecraft’

Giving the Name Tag a name

Before you can assign a name to a mob creature, you need to write the name you want onto the Name Tag. Luckily, you can do this with a simple anvil.

1. Place your anvil and use it, which will open a menu.

2. Drag your Name Tag into one of the left two slots near the top, and type in its new name in the text box at the top.

3. When you’re ready, drag the completed Name Tag on the right back into your inventory.

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Preparing a Name Tag will take one experience level.

Naming a Name Tag will cost one experience level. If you don’t have enough experience, go out and kill mobs until you level up.

Use the Name Tag on an NPC

You’re now ready to use the Name Tag to rename an NPC.

1. Find the NPC you want to rename. Again, this can be any NPC except for the Ender Dragon.

2. Put the Name Tag into one of your inventory’s nine hotbar slots and hold it.

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Hold the Name Tag and use it on the NPC you want.

3. Use the Name Tag on the NPC. This will default to double-clicking on a mouse, or the left trigger on a controller.

Your Name Tag will disappear, and a name will appear above the NPC’s head.

Although a creature won’t despawn anymore once given a Name Tag, they can still be killed. Once a renamed NPC dies, their name will disappear.

If you’re not sure what you want to name an NPC, check out some of the easter eggs below.

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How to add friends in ‘Minecraft’ so you can build and explore your digital world together

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No matter what platform you or your friends are using to play Minecraft, you can invite them to join your world.

  • You can add friends in “Minecraft: Bedrock Edition” through their Microsoft account’s gamer tag.
  • “Bedrock Edition” lets you play with anyone who owns the game, no matter what system they play on.
  • Once you add a friend, you can invite them to share a “Minecraft” world with you.
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Minecraft” is a sandbox game tailor-made to play with friends.

When playing with friends, you can collaborate on a big building project, roleplay epic storylines, or simply show off your character’s custom skin.

Luckily, if you’re playing “Minecraft: Bedrock Edition” on your PC, or any version on your phone or gaming console, adding friends is easy. And once you’ve added a friend, you can play with them no matter what system they use.

Here’s how you can add friends across platforms and invite them to explore “Minecraft” together.

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