How to craft and use hanging signs in Minecraft 1.20 update

The next major Minecraft update is closer than ever. On October 15, 2022, the 1.20 update was announced by Swedish video game development company Mojang Studios.

As usual, the announcement was made during Minecraft Live, a live event hosted annually by the developers on YouTube. Compared to the previous Minecraft updates, the 1.20 version will have fewer new features, but they are well worth the wait.

The best thing about Minecraft updates is that they are released simultaneously for both editions i.e. Java and Bedrock. This way no player feels left out or has to wait longer than anyone else.

Introducing Minecraft 1.20, designed to inspire self-expression, representation, and storytelling through your Minecraft worlds! #MinecraftLive

Researching an addition to Minecraft 1.20: hanging signs

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The planned features of the upcoming 1.20 updated have been unveiled, and one of the most exciting additions is the hanging signs.

As players can deduce from the name, these are a variation of regular characters that they can hang. Before the update drops, let’s learn how to get and use this intriguing new item.

How to get hanging signs in the upcoming version

Hanging sign crafting recipe (Image via Mojang)
Hanging sign crafting recipe (Image via Mojang)

Like regular plates, the new variants are also craftable items. To make them you need:

  • 2x Chains: These are metal decoration items that can be made on the crafting table with two iron nuggets and one iron bar.
  • 6x Stripped logs: This is a type of log that players can get by using an ax on a normal version. The type itself does not matter, as long as all six are the same. However, the type of stripped log used determines the hanging board variety, such as spruce or dark oak.

Once the required items are obtained, you need to place them on top of the crafting table as shown in the image above.

How to use hanging signs

Placing a hanging sign (Image via Mojang)
Placing a hanging sign (Image via Mojang)

Using these excellent new signs is quite easy. While equipped, aim and press the use button under or on the side of a fixed block, as shown in the image above.

If you want you can also hang it under something narrow such as a pole or chains. Once a hanging sign is placed, you may write on it.

Variants of hanging signs

Hanging sign types in version 1.20 (Image via Mojang)
Hanging sign types in version 1.20 (Image via Mojang)

The following Minecraft update will have not one or two but 10 different variants of hanging signs. Players can create the type they want using a specific stripped log variant.

Here is a list of all the different types of wood that hanging signs will be available in:

  • Fire
  • Oak
  • Birch
  • Jungle
  • Acacia
  • Dark oak
  • Mangrove
  • Crimson red
  • warped
  • Bamboo
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Use experimental functions

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You can try upcoming featureslike hanging signs, using experimental features implemented in some of the newer Minecraft versions.

Data package selection screen in version 1.19.3 Java edition (Image via Mojang)
Data package selection screen in version 1.19.3 Java edition (Image via Mojang)

In Java Edition, you must select the data package “update_1_20” while create a new world. The world that is then created will contain features that have yet to be released.

Experimental Settings in Bedrock Edition (Image via Mojang)
Experimental Settings in Bedrock Edition (Image via Mojang)

Similarly, in Bedrock Edition you need to navigate to the Experiments tab and enable the Next Major Update option on the world creation page. Windows users must install the preview version of the game from the launcher before following the previous steps.

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