How to use the dashboard feature in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition

Originating in Minecraft: Java Edition, the Dashboard feature made its way to Minecraft: Bedrock Edition from platform version 1.7.0, giving Bedrock players even more aspects of the game to tweak with commands.

Dashboards can be incredibly useful in Minecraft worlds, especially when it comes to multiplayer. Dashboards can track a myriad of stats such as number of players online, number of kills, number of deaths, or other things such as a player’s experience level or metrics that a certain team has accomplished.

At the moment, Dashboard capability is somewhat limited in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, though Mojang is no doubt working on future content updates to expand its capability.

Minecraft: Setting up and using a dashboard in Bedrock Edition

A simple dashboard, pictured above, tracks Steve and Alex's score (Image via Mojang)
A simple dashboard, pictured above, tracks Steve and Alex’s score (Image via Mojang)

Even though the dashboards aren’t yet at their best in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, there’s still a lot to do with the feature for players and admins.

Minecraft players can set up a dashboard by performing the following actions:

  1. Open the in-game chat window where commands are normally entered.
  2. Type “/add scoreboard goals” without the parentheses, players will then have several options to choose from when it comes to which goal they want to add to their scoreboard.
  3. There are many criteria to choose from, but currently Minecraft: Bedrock Edition only has access to the “dummy” criteria, meaning the score will need to be changed manually with commands.
  4. For example, let’s say a player wants to add a money counter. The dashboard syntax would be “/dashboard goals add dummy money” without parentheses.
  5. To place this scoreboard in the sidebar, Minecraft players can then use the command “/scoreboard objectives setdisplay sidebar Money” which should display the scoreboard on the right side of the screen.
  6. To add players to the scoreboard, the command “/scoreboard players add” can be used followed by the targeting commands @a (all players), @e (all entities), @p (nearest player), @r (random player), @s (yourself). So, for example, to show all players’ money on the server, they would use the syntax “/scoreboard players add @a Money” without the parenthesis.
  7. Since the “dummy” endpoint is the only one available in Bedrock Edition, any “money” amount in this example will need to be set manually with commands as required by the dummy endpoint. For example, “/scoreboard players add @s money 15” would add 15 of the entire money to the player scoreboard, or “/scoreboard players remove @a 10” would take 10 money from each player on the scoreboard .

Essentially, anything can replace the name “Money” as a dummy criterion, as it is manually changed by Minecraft players with operator privileges who can modify the scoreboard with commands.

Eventually, Mojang is likely to introduce other qualifiers seen in Minecraft: Java Edition such as Health, XP, Deathcount, or Playerkillcount to also provide additional insights with scoreboards in Bedrock Edition.

While it’s unclear when this will happen since the dashboards were only recently introduced, they will likely need to go through some testing and tweaking before the full set of dashboards is introduced to the platform. -Bedrock shape.

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