[Chimera-users] Completely reinstall chimera

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri May 20 09:31:02 PDT 2011

Dear Daniel,
I believe that all non-default Chimera settings are saved in your preferences file, and to return to Chimera defaults only, you would only need to remove that file.  To see where your preferences file is, start Chimera, open Preferences (from Favorites menu), go to Preferences category of Preferences.  There is a "Reset to factory defaults" button, which will do exactly that, but only for things that are in the Preferences dialog.  Additional settings not in the Preferences dialog are also saved in the preferences file, such as sequence alignment display settings from Multalign Viewer and your file history.  You could try using the button if you only care about the settings in the Preferences dialog, but if you really want to wipe out all customization: Write down the file location unless you can remember it, quit from Chimera, navigate on your system to that file and delete it (or move it to a different filename if you think you *might* want to go back to using it later).  When you restart Chimera, it will have forgotten all your custom settings and file history.

More about preferences files:

Normally your preferences file is in your own directories and not affected by installing a new version of Chimera, because most don't want to have their settings wiped out by updating the software.
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 May 20, 2011, at 9:00 AM, Daniel Hitchcock wrote:

> Hi,
> I want to completely uninstall chimera and remove all the settings 
> from the program. I notice though if I uninstall and reinstall though, 
> it still has all the settings and history from before. How can I 
> completely remove Chimera from the computer so I can return to default 
> settings?
> Thank you
> -daniel

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