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How could I know which navigation pattern I have to use in menu of Dwarf Fortress ?

Sometimes, it's - and +
Sometimes, it's and

It's confusing.

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It's a wonderful question, my only real gripe with the game. – C. Ross Aug 3 '10 at 12:56
trial and error and memorization. same kind of deal for defining areas: sometimes you get to pick two corners, sometimes you have to resize and a floating box with uhkm. – antony.trupe Aug 3 '10 at 13:00
@antony Buildings are u h k m, zones and piles are two corners. – C. Ross Aug 3 '10 at 13:20
@C. Ross don't burrows let you pick how to define them? – antony.trupe Aug 3 '10 at 13:46
@Luc welcome to dwarf fortress. – tzenes Aug 3 '10 at 16:54
up vote 12 down vote accepted

As a general rule:

When the menu is opened by selecting something on the map (such as by querying a building) you need to navigate the menu with + and -. This is so you can still move the main map cursor with the arrows.

On a full screen menu (like the military screen), use the arrow keys to navigate.

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