[Chimera-users] How to change font size for scale bar

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Thu Feb 20 10:11:51 PST 2020

Hi Peter,
The scale bar is implemented as atoms/bonds and the text is essentially an atom label.  Atom label size (all labels at once) can be set in the Preferences (open from Favorites menu), category: Labels.

This is mentioned in the Scale Bar “limitations” section at the bottom of the page but is easy to miss…

For more control over label size independent of any atom labels, you could make the label blank in in the Scale Bar tool and instead add it as a 2D Label (menu: Tools… Utilities… 2D Label). 2D labels may also include symbols such as the Angstrom symbol.

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

> On Feb 20, 2020, at 4:47 AM, Engelhardt, Peter <peter.engelhardt at helsinki.fi> wrote:
> Hi 
> We can’t find any options for font size in scale bar wondering if possible.
> Any suggestions 
> Cheers
> Peter

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