Dwarf Fortress: How to Cancel Mining Order

Mining is an important feature in Dwarf Fortress as it allows players to expand their base, explore for valuable resources, or open up certain passages.

However, sometimes, you may set a specific mining order and then change your mind. If you just paused your game while looking at how to cancel your latest mining order, you’ve come to the right place.

The easiest way to do that is by using the eraser at the bottom hotbar.

Also, another important mechanic when starting out is making sure you can get enough seeds to produce essential resources. Consider checking out our relevant guide for more details.

In this guide, I will explain step-by-step how to cancel mining orders in Dwarf Fortress and explain an issue with the tutorial that disables this feature.

How to Cancel a Mining Operation in Dwarf Fortress

Use the erases at the bottom hotbar to cancel mining orders.

If you’ve just selected an area to be mined and are still waiting for Dwarves to carry out your instructions, you can cancel this process easily.

Start by going to the destinations tab (hotkey ‘D’), and then select ‘Remove Destination (hotkey ‘X’). Afterward, mark the starting point of the mining order you want to cancel, click ‘Enter’, mark the ending point and click ‘Enter’ again.

Also, there’s a simpler method including the eraser symbol at your hotbar. Simply click on that and mark the area with the mining order you want to cancel.

Keep in mind this only works with unfinished mining orders. Once an order has been executed, the eraser won’t help at all.

How to Cancel a Mining Operation in the Tutorial

Starting the tutorial in Dwarf Fortress.

There is an issue with the tutorial currently that doesn’t allow players to cancel their mining orders.

Unfortunately, there is no workaround to this, other than being careful in your mining orders within the tutorial. Hopefully, the developers will fix this soon. For now, the eraser feature is disabled in the tutorial.

In case you’ve made a big mistake in terms of mining orders, your best bet is restarting the game.


To sum up, that’s everything you need to know on how to cancel a building order in Dwarf Fortress.

As long as you’re not in the tutorial, use the eraser or hold ‘D’ and then ‘X’. Then, select the area with the mining order you want to cancel, and that’s all.

As long as it’s not finished, the order will get canceled instantly.

Now that you’re familiar with how to cancel mining processes, perhaps it’s time to start digging down and exploring the caverns in the game. They can offer valuable loot and unique exploration opportunities.

What are you trying to mine? Are you exploring or simply expanding your base? Let us know in the comments below.


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