Workspace Configuration and Status Bar

The Workspace Configuration Toolbar

The Workspace Configuration Toolbar allows you to change what you see in the Workspace, including auxiliary features of the structures and the specific tools you have available to use. This toolbar is located in the footer, to the right of the Status Bar. It offers a set of visibility toggles, with access to related panes, and a panel with additional configuration options, including gadgets, viewing modes, and a choice of background color.

Toggle Bar: Muting Auxiliary Features



Unavailable: (mixed On & Off)


Typically used for hiding and showing atom labels. Also works for captions and highlights.


Used for hiding and showing all types of measurements. Also provides access to the Measurements Tool (see below).


Used for hiding and showing all displayed surfaces. Surfaces that were hidden by another tool (e.g., the S button on the entry) are not available for use with this option.


Used for hiding and showing residue ribbons.


Used for hiding and showing non-covalent bonds, pi interactions, and contacts & clashes. Also provides access to the Interactions Tool (see below).

Note: These toggles will be disabled if your Workspace does not contain the relevant feature. When a feature is added - via the Style Toolbox, the Favorites bar, or another tool - the corresponding toggle will turn on automatically to allow you to see it. Modifications to existing features are also automatically shown.

Toggle Bar: Configuring Interactions and Managing Measurements

Accessing the tools

Hover your mouse pointer over the Interactions or Measurements toggle to display the More button (“...”), then click this button to open the corresponding tool.

To close a tool once it's open, click anywhere outside the pane.

Interactions tool

Toggle the large round icons to show or hide each type of interaction:

  • Non-covalent bonds
  • Pi interactions
  • Contacts/Clashes

Once the interaction type has been turned on, you can change its settings. The color chip next to each interaction sub-type helps you identify the interactions shown in the Workspace. Click a chip to change the color preference or access other settings.

Measurements tool

To review measurements currently in the Workspace, click on the tab corresponding to the type of measurement you are interested in. (In this image, no Dihedral measurements were found, so this tab is disabled.)

To use a single measurement:

  • Double-click the row to zoom to that location in the Workspace
  • Right-click the row to delete the measurement or calculate a property from it

Tip: To change the value or otherwise adjust an existing measurement, double-click the row to locate the measurement in the Workspace. Then right-click the value label in the Workspace and choose the appropriate option from the context menu.

Add measurements

Click the small ruler button at the top right of the tool to add more measurements. The Measurement mode banner will open, set to the measurement type of the last tab you were viewing.

Measurements menu

To delete or export all measurements on the current tab, or to delete all measurements from the Workspace, click the triangle button in the top right corner of the tool and choose the appropriate option from the menu.

Workspace Configuration Panel: Choosing Gadgets and Setting the View

Accessing the panel

Click the “+” button at the far right of the footer to open the panel.

To close the panel once it's open, click anywhere outside the pane.

Using the Panel

Click the round buttons to toggle the options on and off. You will see that some include secondary settings that only appear when the item is turned on. The options are grouped into three sections:

  • Workspace Toggles. These items provide additional content or special guides in the Workspace. Note that you may have to turn off the 2D Overlay to see the Coordinate Axes.
  • Workspace Gadgets. These special tools appear in designated areas in and around the Workspace. For example, the Command Input Area appears at the very bottom of the screen, below the footer.
  • Background. The Tile and Stereo buttons change your view. Each includes other settings (below). Click a color chip to change the background color. The last option opens a custom color chooser.

Note: Workspace Properties is what used to be called “Workspace Feedback.” And the 2D Overlay is new! Try right-clicking them in the Workspace for related actions.

Tile Workspace

When this setting is toggled on, the associated Link option appears. Linked tiles move together when you zoom, rotate, or pan. To separate the tiles so that only one tile moves at a time, turn off the Link option. Note that with this option off, you will have to click into a tile before you can change its camera view.

Stereo View

When this setting is on, the associated stereo style option appears. Click on the style name to choose a different option. Click the vertical “...” button if you need to change any 3D Appearance settings.

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