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Playing Civ IV yesterday I got fed up with micromanaging my workers and turned one to automatic. I quite frequently do this in the middle game, but this time I happened to notice that it made a beeline for one of my towns and started converting it to a watermill. I wouldn't have minded it converting a cottage, even a hamlet, but a town?

Is there any way I can stop this, other than never letting my workers go fully automatic?

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Seems like there was a setting about what workers are allowed to do on auto, I'll check. – C. Ross Sep 7 '10 at 15:06
I actually have this exact same problem. You can usually micro manage when you have 2-3 cities, but once you get over 10 it becomes vaguely ridiculous. What's worse, they'll remove a town and then sometimes build a cottage... – tzenes Sep 7 '10 at 15:47
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There is an option, under one of the menu screens (I don't have the game on this computer, so unfortunately I can't doublecheck where exactly) that does exactly what you seek:

"Automated workers leave existing improvements"

Which means once you've gotten your cities generally where you want them, you can automate the workers, who will finish up, build roads, etc, all the while leaving your own hand-placed improvements.

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There's also a separate option for whether to allow automated workers to chop forests, so you can save them for specific things, build forest preserves, etc. – bwarner Sep 7 '10 at 16:20
IIRC, the "Automated workers leave existing improvements" option is in the game options menu (one of the tabs next to Video settings, audio settings etc) - there's other things there as well like Display health bars, display enemy moves, etc. – Blakomen Sep 7 '10 at 22:00
You RC, and the option is exactly there. – DJClayworth Sep 10 '10 at 13:39

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