In Creative, the normal inventory screen is replaced by the item selection screen, which contains almost all blocks and items (with some exceptions) in a tabbed interface.[more information needed] There is also a search feature. One tab provides a survival-like inventory, including armor slots, but is missing the crafting grid (except for Bedrock Edition if Classic Crafting is enabled). Other tabs include foodstuffs, building blocks, decoration blocks, etc. Some items and blocks are available only in Creative mode, such as spawn eggs. Likewise, some blocks can be used only in Creative, such as command blocks and structure blocks.
Some items behave differently in Creative mode. Items do not disappear or lose durability when used. Empty buckets can be filled on a mobile device but simply makes liquids disappear in Java Edition. Putting an item in an item frame or on an armor stand does not cause it to disappear from the player’s hand. Instead, the item is duplicated. It is the same for putting on armor by right-clicking it from the player’s hotbar.
Items can be picked up by the player, but if the hotbar is already full, the items go into the Survival inventory.
The player can obtain items using pick block. Unlike survival, the block selected appears in the player’s hotbar even if the block is not already in the hotbar or in the survival inventory. If it is in the inventory, then the block moves out of its former slot and replaces the block/item in the active hotbar slot, with the size of the stack preserved. If the hotbar is full then the selected block replaces the block/item in the active slot.
Most blocks give the player a copy of itself when using pick block. Using it on an item frame gives the player the item held inside. Using it on a mob gives the player a spawn egg of that mob. Using it on a mob head gives the mob type that it is; using it on custom heads gives only the mob type that was used in the command, not the custom skin.
If the player holds Ctrl and press pick block, in addition to obtaining the item, it also preserves the block’s NBT tags, allowing the player to place an identical copy of the block.
The only exception to the use of the pick block is the monster spawner.