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Hot Keys

When the mouse is in the graphics window, many commands are accessible via programmable hot keys. Hot keys allow you to do things like change mouse modes or advance the animation by a frame by simply pressing a key. There are a number of predefined hot keys, as listed in tables 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4. They can be printed out with the command user print keys. The commands listed are the text commands which are executed when the hot key is pressed; these text commands are explained in section 9.3.

To add or modify a hot key, use the command user add key key command. The key parameter must be a single character. If command contains more than one word, it must be enclosed in braces so that the subsequent command words are not ignored. When that key is pressed while the mouse cursor is in the graphics display window, the associated command will be executed. Once you have a set of commands which are particularly useful and familiar for you, you will want these hot key commands automatically available every time you run VMD. This can be done by placing the commands to add these items in your .vmdrc file, which is a file containing VMD text commands that is executed every time VMD starts up. The basic method for setting up this file is described in section 13.3.3. Once you have such a file, put the user add commands in it.

Table 5.1: Mouse control hot keys.
Hot Key Command Purpose
r, R mouse mode 0 0 enter rotate mode; stop rotation
t, T mouse mode 1 0 enter translate mode
s, S mouse mode 2 0 enter scaling mode
0 mouse mode 4 0 query item
c mouse mode 4 1 assign rotation center
1 mouse mode 4 2 pick atom
2 mouse mode 4 3 pick bond (2 atoms)
3 mouse mode 4 4 pick angle (3 atoms)
4 mouse mode 4 5 pick dihedral (4 atoms)
5 mouse mode 4 6 move atom
6 mouse mode 4 7 move residue
7 mouse mode 4 8 move fragment
8 mouse mode 4 9 move molecule
9 mouse mode 4 13 move highlighted rep
% mouse mode 4 10 apply force on atom
${}^\wedge$ mouse mode 4 11 apply force on residue
& mouse mode 4 12 apply force on fragment

Table 5.2: Rotation & scaling hot keys.
Hot Key Command Purpose
x rock x by 1 -1 spin about x axis
X rock x by 1 70 rock about x axis
y rock y by 1 -1 spin about y axis
Y rock y by 1 70 rock about y axis
z rock z by 1 -1 spin about z axis
Z rock z by 1 70 rock about z axis
j, Cntl-n rotate x by 2 rotate $2^{\circ}$ about x
k, Cntl-p rotate x by -2 rotate $-2^{\circ}$ about x
l, Cntl-f rotate y by 2 rotate $2^{\circ}$ about y
h, Cntl-b rotate y by -2 rotate $-2^{\circ}$ about y
g rotate z by 2 rotate $2^{\circ}$ about z
G rotate z by -2 rotate $-2^{\circ}$ about z
Cntl-a scale by 1.1 enlarge 10 percent
Cntl-z scale by 0.9 shrink 10 percent

Table 5.3: Menu control hot keys.
Hot Key Command Purpose
Alt-M menu main off;menu main on Show main menu
Alt-f menu files off;menu files on Show files menu
Alt-g menu graphics off;menu graphics on Show graphics menu
Alt-l menu labels off;menu labels on Show labels menu
Alt-r menu render off;menu render on Show render menu
Alt-d menu display off;menu display on Show display menu
Alt-c menu color off;menu color on Show color menu
Cntl-r display resetview Reset display
Alt-q quit confirm Quit VMD with confirmation
Alt-Q quit Quit VMD
Alt-h hyperref invert Invert hyper text mode (NOT help)

Table 5.4: Animation hot keys.
Hot Key Command Purpose
+,f,F animate next move to next frame
-,b,B animate prev move to previous frame
.,> animate forward play animation forward
, animate reverse play animation reverse
< animate reverse play animation reverse
/, ? animate pause stop animation

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