The namesel command saves the current selection with the specified name. Omitting name indicates listing the names of previously saved selections in the status line and Reply Log. The command ~namesel “forgets” an existing named selection.
A named selection refers to the contents of a selection, not the process by which the selection was generated. For example, if a selection of all oxygens in a particular structure is saved, retrieving that named selection when different structures are present will not select their oxygens. See alias instead for making command-line equivalents of long atom specification strings and/or commands.
Named selections can be restored (as well as saved) using the Select menu or Rapid Access interface, and their names can be used for command-line atom specification.
See also: select