How to name a map in Minecraft

Minecraft has in-game maps that users can create to make it easier to keep track of where they are going. A map, accompanied by the coordinates of the place, guarantees that you will never be lost, or that you will not get too lost to find your way home.

Maps are easy to craft; you may need to dig a little to find the Redstone for a map with location markings but if you don’t need the location markings, paper really is all you need.

Name maps in Minecraft

Maps in Minecraft can be created with nine pieces of paper (paper is cured from sugar found near water), and a craft board. If you want position marks, and you have a compass to create it, place the compass instead of the paper in the middle of the 3 × 3 craft board grid.

Maps have the same name, for a specific location. For maps created for different locations, the maps will have several variations.

The map names in Minecraft are not user friendly and if you create maps using just the craft dashboard, you will not be able to change their names.

Name a map in Minecraft

Naming a map in Minecraft is easy but you can’t do it with a simple table. Instead, you need to craft a cartographic record, and then use it to change the name of a map.

Create a cartographic record in Minecraft

You must;

  • Two pieces of paper
  • Four wooden planks (any type of wood will work).

To craft the cartographic record;

  1. Open the crafting table.
  2. Put the papers in the the first two cells of the first row.
  3. Put the four wooden planks, one in each cell, under the paper until they take over the the first two cells of rows two and three.
  4. Take the cartographic record.

Name a map in Minecraft

Now that you have a cartography record, you can give your maps an easy-to-use name.

  1. Put the cartographic record on a hard block.
  2. Click on it.
  3. Put the map on you want to name in the first cell.
  4. At the top, you will see a field for the name.
  5. Click inside the name and field enter a name.

  1. Get the map back from the quiet cell and move it to your inventory.
  2. Lift the mouse over the map to see a name.


A map can be named and renamed whenever you want. You need a cartography chart to do the job but it is easy to craft so there is nothing stopping you from naming and renaming a map as often as you need to.

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