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Tools are controls used to manipulate proteins in Foldit. Many tools can be selected from a menu. The "Menu based tools" section" lists tools by the menu they appear on the in original Foldit interface. The tools may appear in different places in the selection interface. See game interfaces for the differences between the two interfaces.

OriginalInterfaceHorizontal

The horizontal menu bar in the original interface.


SelectionInterfaceVertical

Vertical menu bar in selection interface.

SelectionInterfaceHorizontalTools

Selection interface horizontal tool bar.

Other tools are available depending on context. In the original interface, the tools available depend on the mode selected. In each mode, clicking with the left or right mouse button may display a context menu with additional tools.

In the selection interface, the tools available vary depending which segments are selected. Most of the available tools appear as icons across the bottom of the screen.

See shortcut keys and mouse functions for more on how to use the mouse and keyboard in Foldit.

Menu based toolsEdit

Actio​nsEdit

ActionsMenu

Actions menu in original interface.

The Actions menu is the leftmost option on the menu bar at the bottom of the Foldit window in the original interface. There is no equivalent menu in the selection interface.

UndoEdit

UndoMenu

Undo menu in original interface.

The Undo menu is second from the left in original menu bar. A similar Undo menu is available in the selection interface via the vertical menu bar or the lowercase "u" keyboard shortcut.

SocialEdit

SocialMenu

Social menu in the original inteface.

The Social menu is third from the left in the original menu bar. The same menu is available in the selection interface via the vertical menu bar or the lowercase "n" keyboard shortcut.

As of February, 2017, the Social menu tools do not appear to be functional.

The options include:

ModesEdit

ModesMenu

Modes menu in the original interface.

The Modes menu is fourth from the left in the original menu bar.

There is no equivalent in the selection interface, which is "modeless".

BehaviorEdit

BehaviorMenu

Behavior menu in the original interface.

The Behavior menu is fifth from the left in the original menu bar. The same menu is available in the selection interface via the vertical menu bar or through the lowercase "b" keyboard shortcut. The settings include:

ViewEdit

The View menu is sixth from the left in original menu bar.

See View Options for a complete discussion of the many settings available on the View menu.

MenuEdit

MenuMenu

Main Menu in the original interface.

The Menu menu is seventh from the left in the original menu bar. A similar menu, called "Main" is available in the selection interface via the vertical menu or using the lowercase "p" keyboard shortcut.

Pull modeEdit

Left click on the background rotates the protein in the display.

Holding control, left-clicking on the background and dragging moves the entire protein.

Right-clicking on the background has no effect.

Holding control and left-clicking on the protein or right-clicking on the protein displays a context menu with the following tools.

PullMode RightClick

Pull-mode right-click (or control left-click) context menu.


Structure modeEdit

StructureMode RightClick

Structure mode right-click (or control left-click) context menu.

Left- or right-clicking on the background has no effect in structure mode. Holding control and left-clicking on a segment in the protein or right-clicking on the protein displays a context menu with the following secondary structure options:

Clicking one of these options assigns the secondary structure type to the segment in question.

Node modeEdit

NoteMode LeftClick

Note mode left-click opens Note Box window.

Selecting Note mode displays all existing segment notes.

Left- or right-clicking on the background has no effect in note mode.

Left-clicking on a segment in the protein opens a note editor window. The trash can or recycle icon can be used to delete a note.

In both the original and selection interfaces, hovering on a segment and hitting the tab key displays a segment information window that includes any notes for the segment.

Design ModeEdit

DesignMode RightClick

Design right-click or control left-click context menu.

In design mode, left- or right-clicking on the background has no effect.

Left-clicking on the protein brings up the mutate wheel described under mutate sidechains. The wheel lets you change the amino acid for the segment in question.

Holding control and left-clicking on a segment in the protein or right-clicking on the protein displays a context menu with the following options:

  • Delete - deletes the segment in question
  • Insert Three Between - inserts three segments
  • Insert One Between - inserts one segment
  • Insert Two Between - inserts two segments
  • Delete Both - deletes segment in question and adjacent segment

The insert and "delete both" options working slightly differently depending on where the segment is. For all segments but the last one, the insert options insert after the segment in question. So if you hover over segment 46, the new segment or segments will be numbered starting at 47. (Assuming there more than 46 segments to start.)

Similarly, for all segments but the last, "delete both" deletes the segment you hovered on and the next highest segment. So hovering on segment 46 and selecting "delete both" would delete 46 and 47.

If you hover on the last segment, the behavior is different. The "delete both" options deletes the last segment and the next lower segment. For example, in a 70-segment puzzle, if you hover on segment 70 and select "delete both", segments 69 and 70 are deleted.

Similarly, on the last segment, the insert options insert segments before the segment you hover over. In a 70-segment puzzle, if you hover on segment 70 and select "Insert Three Between", segment 70 becomes segment 73, and new segments 70, 71, and 72 are inserted.

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