[Chimera-users] Hide side chain

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Dec 12 13:52:35 PST 2016

Hello Xiaoyan Zhu,
You can hide or show anything, basically.  If you want to hide all atoms (keeping the ribbons), some ways are

command:  ~display
- OR -
menu: Actions… Atoms/Bonds… hide

You can also specify particular atoms, for example, if you want to hide only the protein atoms without hiding other things that are already shown (solvent, ligands, metal ions):

command: ~display protein
- OR -
menu:  Select… Structure… protein
menu:  Actions… Atoms/Bonds… hide
menu:  Select… Clear Selection

You may want to try one or more of the “Getting Started” tutorials to become familiar with Chimera.

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 Dec 12, 2016, at 11:07 AM, Zhu, Xiaoyan <xiaoyan.zhu at marquette.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am using UCSF Chimera to generate figures of protein crystal structures. Some crystals, if open in Chimera, automatically show the side chains of some amino acids. I want to hide those side chains in my figures. I wonder if there's an easy way to do it. Thank you!
> Have a good one,
> Xiaoyan Zhu
> Ph.D. Candidate 
> Department of Biological Sciences, Marquette University

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