If you are playing Minecraft for the first time, it's suggested that you go to the menu and pause the game (default key is Esc).
By doing this, you will have ample time to collect resources and create a shelter for the night, plus monsters will not come up and kill you while you are away.
The following are some of the things that you will need to worry about on your first day in Minecraft:
- Spawn Point & Wood
- Creating a Crafting Table
- Making a pickaxe
- Gathering resources
- Animal resources
- Precautions to take when digging
For your first night, you will need wood , cobblestone , and , ideally, coal or charcoal to survive. Wool for a bed is optional, but very handy if you want to skip the night and prevent any mobs from spawning.
To collect resources, aim the crosshair at the block representing the resource and press and hold the left mouse button. This will instruct the avatar to punch the block repeatedly. Cracks will gradually appear in the block. Keep holding the left mouse button until the block breaks and drops. Releasing the button, or looking away from the block, will cause the avatar to stop punching it and you will have to start over. You can collect the dropped resource by moving near its floating representation. Once you have picked it up, it will then appear in your inventory screen. Note that some resources, such as stone, only drop if destroyed with the correct tool.
To place resources in the environment, press E on your keyboard to bring up your inventory and drag and drop the desired item into the quick access bar at the bottom of your inventory. Then, close your inventory and select the item by pressing the number representative of the box order (1,2,3 etc.) on your keyboard (You can also scroll through items using the mouse wheel). Lastly, click the right mouse button to place the resource.
To drop resources in the environment, press Q on the keyboard when the resource is selected in the quick access bar and one of the selected item will be dropped onto the ground. When this happens, the item will float above the ground in the area you dropped it, so you may pick it up again. Alternatively, open the inventory window and drag a stack of items outside the window to drop the entire stack. You can also press Ctr and Q at the same time to drop the whole stack instead of dropping one item.