From: Tristan Croll (
Date: Thu Jul 18 2013 - 20:18:40 CDT

Unless someone's already done it, this will need some scripting knowledge.

Something along the lines of:

foreach molid [molinfo list] {
   mol selection "protein and resid xxx"
   mol addrep $molid
   set repid [expr [molinfo $i get numreps] - 1]
   mol modstyle $repid $molid CPK
   mol modcolor $repid $molid molecule

Should get you on the right track. Type "mol" into the TkConsole to get a bunch of other useful commands.

From: [] On Behalf Of Dennis N Bromley
Sent: Friday, 19 July 2013 8:08 AM
To: vmd-l
Subject: vmd-l: How can I easily show ball and stick residues across all molecules and representations?

Hi all,

I apologize if this is a newbie question. I was not able to find an answer in my various searches.

I have six molecules loaded into VMD (v. 1.9). Three wild type and three mutant structures, all colored differently (e.g. WT#1 is green, WT#2 is red, etc). I would like to quickly show residue 200 (say) as ball and stick and have that residue appear as ball and stick in all molecules, colored in the same way as the rest of the molecule. I know how to do this in Pymol, but I don't know how to do this is VMD. Any help would be great. What I am trying to avoid doing is laboriously going through each molecule, adding a ball and stick representation, setting the atom selection, setting the color, etc.