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Tool: Mouse Modes for Right Button

The Mouse Modes for Right Button toolbar provides a series of icons for changing the assignment of the right mouse button with a single click. Like other tools, this interface can be opened from the Tools menu (more...).

With the related mousemode command, functions can be assigned to all mouse buttons (not just the right) and to scrolling, alone and in combination with modifier keys. In the case of a touchpad or single-button mouse, middle- and right-button clicks can be emulated with modifier keys; on a Mac, these are alt and command (), respectively. See also: Density Map Toolbar, Graphics Toolbar, Molecule Display Toolbar, Marker Placement

Mouse Modes icon mousemode function
(default assignment, if any)
description
select
(control left)
select items for subsequent operations; see also select
(default to toggle selection is shift control left)
rotate
(left)
XY-rotate (screen coordinates) with cursor in central part of window,
Z-rotate with cursor in periphery, except if wheel, Y-rotate only;
see also turn, roll
translate
(middle)
XY-translate (screen coordinates),
except if wheel, Z-translate; see also move
zoom
(right, wheel)
zoom the view; see also zoom
rotate and select click to select, drag to rotate
translate selected models translate models with any part selected
rotate selected models rotate models with any part selected
clip activate and translate front clipping plane, +Alt back plane,
+Shift slab (front and back in same direction),
+Alt-Shift slab thickness (front and back in opposite directions);
if only near/far (fixed-orientation) planes already active, move those
instead of front/back (rotatable) planes; see also clip
clip rotate activate and rotate front/back clipping planes; see also clip
label label/unlabel atom, bond, pseudobond, or residue
(by clicking on ribbon segment); see also label
pivot
(shift right)
set center of rotation to atom; see also cofr
contour level adjust map isosurface (threshold) level; see also volume
move planes show different planes of a map; see also volume
place marker place marker (details...)
connect markers select and link successively clicked markers
play map series see also vseries
tug (not implemented)

UCSF Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics / October 2017