Minecraft: Tool Belt Mod Guide & How to Use

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Tool Belt is one of Minecrafts most popular mods, giving new ways of storage. When you craft a Tool Belt and equip it, you’ll be shown a radial wheel, giving you quick access to all your tools and other usable items. It also saves tons of space on your hot bar.

Download Tool Belt

Tool Belt is currently for Forge only. But it’s available for many versions of Minecraft, such as 1.12.2, 1.14.4 and 1.16.5. At the time of this guide being published, it was also available for the latest version of Minecraft, which was 1.17.1. With that in mind, you can probably expect this mod to be updated for any future versions.

The button above links back to the CurseForge page, where you can download the Tool Belt Mod. The PwrDown website supports mod creators, and recommends that you only download from CurseForge. Not only are you supporting mod creators, but you’re also ensuring the files you download don’t contain any harmful/infectious content.

Craft & Equip the Tool Belt

To get started with the mod, you’ll need to actually craft the Tool Belt, the key item in the mod. To craft it, you’ll require 5 Leather, 2 String and an Iron Ingot. See the image below for the crafting recipe.

Tool Belt Recipe

Once you’ve crafted the Tool Belt, you’ll need to equip it. By default, you can press the V key, which opens up your inventory. There’ll be a new slot next to your character, as seen on the image below.

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Equip the Tool Belt

Place the Tool Belt into this slot, and it will now be equipped. But remember, this slot won’t be visible in the standard inventory screen. You need to press the V key to access it. Alternatively, you can equip the Tool Belt in other ways if you’re using the Baubles or Curios mods.

How to Use the Tool Belt

With the Tool Belt equipped, you can press the R key to access the wheel. By default, the Tool Belt has 2 slots, we’ll need to upgrade it for more, which we’ll cover in the next section.

Using the Tool Belt

If you have an item equipped on the hot bar, you can easily place it into the Tool Belt by holding R, and dragging it into one of the 3 slots. At any time, you can then just quickly switch between items at your choosing.

How to Upgrade the Tool Belt

The final thing we want to do is upgrade the Tool Belt. This allows us to increase the number of items it can hold from 2 to 9. Enough for all your tools, and any other usable items you might want to equip.

Pouch Recipe

To do that, you need to create a Pouch, which is included with the mod. These can be crafted from 3 Leather, 4 String and 1 Gold Ingot. You might want to create a few of these, as each Pouch only provides 1 extra slot inside the Tool Belt.

Applying the Upgrade Pouches

You can combine your Tool Belt and Pouches inside of an Anvil, like on the image above. When you’ve applied the Pouches, re-equip the Tool Belt, and there’ll be new slots available.

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Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!