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How to cancel construction in Dwarf Fortress

How to cancel construction in Dwarf Fortress

As one of your many duties to your fortress in Dwarf Fortress, you’ll have to build various buildings. However, sometimes you mess up and place the building in the wrong location. Or maybe you just had second thoughts. If that’s the case, you might want to cancel construction and to learn more about that, keep on reading this Dwarf Fortress guide.

To cancel construction in Dwarf Fortress, use the same commands used for deconstruction but keep in mind. Mobilize all the dwarves that have the construction removal labor feature. Canceling construction only works on floors, walls, and stairs.

Well, lucky for you, we have the answer. Today’s guide will guide you on how to cancel construction in Dwarf Fortress.

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How To Cancel Construction in Dwarf Fortress

To cancel construction, you can use the same commands as deconstruction. However, the bad news is that this only works on floors, stairs, and walls. You’ll not be able to use this for every building type. 

To remove a construction, you need to mobilize dwarves with construction removal labor enabled. They’ll remove any construction you’ve marked for removal. To make a construction for removal, follow the steps given below:

1. Open the designations menu. Press ‘d’.

2. Select ‘n -> Remove Construction.

Keep in mind that if another creature is standing on a walkable tile that you have scheduled for removal, the dwarf will cancel the deconstruction. But let’s say the dwarf itself is standing on the tile, then deconstruction won’t be canceled. 

Moreover, if you don’t want to go through the pain of selecting each tile to cancel it for multiple construction orders, you can try deleting the stairs/construction tool from the mining destinations. 


All in all, canceling construction in Dwarf Fortress is the same as deconstruction but it works on certain buildings only. So, our advice is to be extra careful and not make mistakes. Still, at the end of the day, you can remove construction once they finish building.