The Toolbar

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The Toolbar in Jmol Application


  1. Open file: allows to browse and choose a file from disk or to type a URL where the file is to be found.
  2. Export image: saves to disk the current view as an image, in one of several possible file formats.
  3. Export to web page: opens the Jmol Export to Web application.(1,2)
  4. Export to POV-Ray: saves high-quality image files that can be opened and edited in the ray-tracing software POV-Ray.
  5. Save state: saves the current view to disk as a state script (a file that Jmol can read back to regenerate the view).
  6. Print: sends the current view to the printer.

This group contains mutually exclusive options:

  1. Rotate mode: dragging the mouse will rotate the model (default).
  2. Select mode: several atoms can be selected by surrounding them with a rectangle drawn using the mouse pointer while holding the Shift key.
  3. Measurement mode: clicking on 2 atoms will display the distance between them.
  4. Center mode: the model will be recentered around the atom clicked.
  5. Model Kit mode: allows to build a model by adding atoms and bonds using the mouse.
  1. Reset: restores the initial orientation and zoom of the model.
  2. First frame: displays the first one among the loaded models.
  3. Previous frame -
  4. Next frame -
  5. Last frame -
  6. All frames: overlays all models present in the loaded file(s).


  1. Easy Jmol web pages using the Jmol Export to Web function, by Jonathan Gutow (online tutorial).
  2. Easy Jmol web pages using the Jmol Export to Web function: A tool for creating interactive web-based instructional resources and student projects with live 3-D images of molecules without writing computer code. Jonathan H. Gutow (2010) J. Chem. Educ. 87:652–653. DOI: 10.1021/ed100283v