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.

  • 2
    It's a wonderful question, my only real gripe with the game.
    – C. Ross
    Aug 3, 2010 at 12:56
  • 4
    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. Aug 3, 2010 at 13:00
  • @antony Buildings are u h k m, zones and piles are two corners.
    – C. Ross
    Aug 3, 2010 at 13:20
  • @C. Ross don't burrows let you pick how to define them? Aug 3, 2010 at 13:46
  • @Luc welcome to dwarf fortress.
    – tzenes
    Aug 3, 2010 at 16:54

1 Answer 1


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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