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Molecules (Mol) Form

Figure 4.2: The Molecules form

The Mol, or Molecules, form shows the global status of the loaded molecules. Any number of molecules may be displayed by VMD simultaneously. Each molecule can separately be hidden from view, fixed in place (e.g., prevented from being affected by mouse rotation commands). This form contains controls to change the status of the molecules individually or in groups.

Loading a New Molecule

The Load From Files button will activate the Files form, which is used to read a new molecular structure in from a file or set of files.

The Setup Remote Connection does nothing at this time; future versions of VMD will use this button to activate a browser for running remote simulations. Chapter §  describes fully how to load a molecule and what file formats are supported.

The Molecule List browser

The browser at the center displays information about each molecule. The Name is the file name which contained the topology information, followed by a unique integer ID which is assigned to each molecule by VMD when it is loaded. Atoms shows the number of atoms in the molecule, Frames gives the number of timesteps associated with the file, and Source is either File or Remote, reflecting whether the information was acquired from a file or a remote simulation.

Next to each molecule is a set of status flags, which indicate the current Status of each molecule. Each molecule has the following characteristics, which can be on or off:

Changing the Molecule's Status

The status of a given molecule can be changed by selecting the molecule in the browser and pressing the toggle that controls the appropriate flag. The active, drawn, and fixed status values can be changed for several molecules at the same time by selecting several molecules before pressing the toggle. However, only one molecule can be top at any one time, so Make Top can only be applied to one selection. Pressing one of the All ... or No ... buttons either sets or unsets corresponding flag on all the loaded molecules.

The Single A/D/T button makes the selected molecule active, displayed, and top. It also resets the scene so the given molecule roughly fills the screen. It is a quick way to switch from viewing one molecule to another when it is desirable to only show one molecule within the graphics display window at a time.

Deleting a Molecule

The Delete button deletes all selected molecules. There is no prompt verifying the deletion, so take some care. If a deleted molecule was the top molecule, a new top molecule will be set from the remaining structures.

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