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Hotkeys "4" and "5" for stereo bonds

Hotkeys “4” and “5” are very convenient to generate wedged and hashed wedged bonds in no time. They work on both primary and secondary carbons.

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Hotkey "3" for polyaromatic groups

You can use the hotkey "3" or "a" in order to generate phenyl groups or benzenes. Combined with the Arrow keys, you can easily build complex polyaromatics systems.

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Hotkey "2" for carbonyl groups

With a few hotkeys “2”, “4” and “5”, you can easily generate a peptide backbone, taking away the hassle of back and forth clicking with the tools.

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Hotkeys "1" and "0" for C-C bonds

Learn the basics of the hotkeys with the most important ones: “1” and “0” to easily draw Complex alkane chains.

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Typing away complex molecules

With just keyboard keys and the arrows, it is possible to draw complex molecules such as imatinib.  

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How to produce reactions in no time

With a molecule or a set of molecules selected, simply press "Ctrl/Cmd" + keyboard arrows to create a copy of your selection on the other side of a reaction arrow.

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The quickest way to make ALIGNED clones of molecules

While you use the Ctrl/Option key to clone molecules or objects, simply hold Shift to constrain the movement of the mouse horizontally or vertically.

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The quickest way to clone molecules

Select a molecule, reaction, or any set of objects with the selection tool, hold the Ctrl/Option key and click & drag to create copies of your selection more precisely and rapidly than by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+C Ctrl/Cmd+V.

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How to make TLC spots look like real TLC spots

When you insert a TLC spot with the TLC tool, you can zoom in and mouse over the spot while holding "Shift" to enable various handles to change the size and shape of the spots.

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How to easily make circular arrows

You do not need a specific type of arrow to make circular arrows. Simply take a regular straight arrow and use the middle handle to curve it. You can then use the handles and the beginning and the end of the arrows to extend the curved arrow into a full circular arrow.

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