[Chimera-users] label position

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Dec 2 12:59:06 PST 2020

Hi Ruchika,
You can use the mouse to drag the labels. Open the Preferences from the Favorites menu, go to Category: Mouse, and then choose which mouse button to assign to moving the labels.  See:

After you are done dragging the labels, you should probably reassign that mouse button back to its previous function.

However, to make nice labels for figures, 2D Labels are often better than the regular "3D" labels that move with the structure. You are using those 3D labels, which are mostly for your own interactive use as you move the structure around. The 2D Labels tool is in the menu under Tools... Depiction.  See:

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

> On Dec 2, 2020, at 12:48 PM, Ruchika <Ruchika at ucsf.edu> wrote:
> Hi Elaine
> I selected alpha carbon of some specific residues and labeled them using label option (one letter specifier + number) in actions menu. After labeling these residues and setting these fonts, some of the labels are overlapping onto one another. 
> I used following command (setattr m residueLabelPos 2) to place them on the alpha carbon. However, they are still overlapping. I am just wondering if there is any other way to separate the label and not overlap on each other. Please let me know. 
> Thanks !!
> Regards
> Ruchika

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