Jmol on Windows
Creating shortcuts to Jmol application
The details of creating a Windows shortcut and a Start menu entry are out of the scope of this wiki. What is given here are the specific details for Jmol.
Shortcut properties must be (under the Shortcut tab):
- Target: the place where you have put Jmol files (usually when you uncompressed the distribution
zipfile), including full pathname and filename and all between double quotes. Example:
- For more flexibility, you may instead wish to call Java explicitly using this:
java -jar "C:\Program files\Jmol\Jmol.jar"
- which allows to add (between
-jar) the amount of memory to be used, the window size, or the execution of a script, etc. (see Command line options).
- If the system is not configured to locate the Java executable, you will need to indicate its full path, like e.g.
"C:\Program files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\java" -jar "C:\Program files\Jmol\Jmol.jar"
- Start in: you can put your working folder, if you want; that will be the default location Jmol will show on "File > Open". If not specified, Jmol will ususally point to My documents, or Documents, or the Desktop.
- This method used to work, but currently it does not. The change has happened between versions 11.5 and 11.6; we are investigating it. If you manage (or not) to have it work, please share your experience in the Jmol-users list.
The same applies to entries in Windows Start menu, or Programs menu.
Associating molecular files in hard disk with Jmol application
You can configure Windows Explorer (file manager) so that double-clicking on a
pdb file, or
xyz, etc. file (or right-clicking for options in the pop-up menu) will open it with Jmol application.
This is how to do it:
- Locate the application file, Jmol.jar (you decided where to put it when you uncompressed the downloaded Jmol distribution file, jmol-11.xx.xx-binary.tar.gz or jmol-11.xx.xx-binary.zip).
- Locate the file javaw.exe in the Java installation folder (usually it will be somewhere like C:\Program files\Java\bin\).
- Open windows explorer / file manager, open menu "Tools → Folder options", "File types" tab, and scroll to
pdb(or any other extension that you want associated to Jmol, like
xyz). Select its entry.
- Click on "Advanced options" button and then either "Edit" the default "open" action or create a "New" action.
- In the textbox under "Action" you can type "open" or whatever you want it to be called in the pop-up menu; under "Application used" type (including the quotes and the final %1):
"put here the path and filename of javaw.exe" -jar "put here the path and filename of Jmol.jar" "%1"
"C:\Program files\Java\bin\javaw.exe" -jar "C:\Program files\Jmol\Jmol.jar" "%1"
Linking from PowerPoint to molecule files so that they open in Jmol application
You can set a hyperlink for any object in MS-PowerPoint that points to a
mol, etc. file and have it opened in Jmol, by setting the default ("open") action of such file extensions, as described in the above sub-section.