[Chimera-users] Grouping models

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Sep 22 10:43:09 PDT 2009

Hi Thomas,
The command to name a selection is "namesel":

You might also want to take a look at "alias" which I find to be more  
powerful and flexible:

One reason to use named selections instead, however, is to have their  
names appear in the Select menu.  If that is not important, I  
recommend using "alias."

On Sep 22, 2009, at 9:51 AM, Tom Goddard wrote:

> -------- Original Message --------
> From: Thomas C. Marlovits
> To: Tom Goddard
> Date: 9/22/09 2:04 AM
>> HI Tom,
>> I was wondering, whether one can "group" a few models in chimera.  At
>> the moment, I have more than 40 models open simultaneously,  some of
>> which I would like to group in order to make coloring, selection, etc
>> ... more easily.   It might be that the feature is present, but
>> couldn't spot it so far.
>> The other thing that I would appreciate, if there is a simple way to
>> assign the model nr manually (at the moment it is done automatically,
>> and it appears that the order is somewhat random ...)
>> Best,
>> Tx,
>> -T.
> Hi Thomas,
>   You can used "named selections" to give a short name to several  
> models
> or to any combination of selected items.  Use menu entry
>     Select / Name Selection...
> You can use the names in Chimera commands or use the "Select / Named
> Selection / name" menu entry.  I don't know of a command to name a
> selection.  Is there such a command (other Chimera developers)?
>   You can set the model number if you open your models with a command,
> for example,
>     open 5 twisty.pdb
> to open a model as model number 5.  After the model number has been
> assigned it unfortunately cannot be changed.
>     Tom

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