[Chimera-users] centering on an atom

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Mar 16 09:43:09 PDT 2009

Hi Sirano,
There is no single-click option in Chimera, but you can use the  
command "center":

For example, you could select the atom with Ctrl-click and then use  
the command:

center sel

You could also use it on a group of atoms (it doesn't have to be just  
I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                          meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Mar 14, 2009, at 12:33 PM, Sirano Dhe-Paganon wrote:

> In UCSF-Chimera, I would like to center on an atom of a molecule  
> without zooming-in towards the atom.
> I found the “focus” command, which centers the atom, but the command  
> includes a zooming-in step; is there a “focus” or “center”-like  
> option that does not zoom-in?
> Also, most visualization programs have a simple, one-click mouse- 
> button to center on an atom; I cannot find this option in UCSF- 
> Chimera.
> Sirano

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