[Chimera-users] changing label offset and/or stick thickness

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Thu Jun 23 14:15:44 PDT 2016

Hi Arthur,

(1) the “rlabel” command can include the x,y,z offset directly, e.g. command to show label for residue 25 in chain A: 

rlab offset 2,2,0  :25.A  
rlab offset default  :25.A


Or, if you showed the label with the menu and you want to move it with the mouse, first you have to assign some mouse button to do it:  Favorites… Preferences, then in preferences choose Category: Mouse.  By default label-dragging is not assigned to any mouse button.  You can assign any of: left, middle, right, Ctrl-left, Ctrl-middle, Ctrl-right.


(2) if you don’t mind changing all the sticks the same, then (similar to ballScale for ball size) command:

setattr m stickScale 1.8

…or some other number (default 1.0).  If you want to change only specific sticks, Ctrl-click to select them, then menu:  Actions… Inspect, then enter a different “radius” value in the resulting dialog.  You can first Shift-Ctrl-click to select more than one bond at once.

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D. 
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Jun 23, 2016, at 1:46 PM, A G Szabo <agszabo at bell.net> wrote:
> Two things, can’t seem to figure out how to:
> 1.      Offset a residue label
> 2.      In stick mode enlarge the stick or thicken it.
> Thanks
> A G Szabo

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