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How to increase or decrease charges

When you mouse over an atom. Or an atom label. You can simply press the plus or the -Keys in order to increase or decrease in the charge.

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Atom label hotkeys summary

Adding Atom labels is very simple in ChemDraw. Simply mouse over or position the hotspot over an atom and press various keys on the keyboard to add Atom labels. See which item labels can be accessed with the keyboard.

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Hotkey "7" for cyclopentyl

To get to a cyclopentyl group on a primary or secondary carbon, you can simply press the hot key 7.

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How to easily repeat atom labels

Once you have typed an atom label on a molecule, you can click on it once with the text tool, and then double click on any atom to repeat the last atom label that you single-clicked on.

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Hotkey "6" for cyclohexyl

When you press 6 / 8 primary or a secondary carbon, it will add a cyclohexyl group. Combine it with “n” for nitrogen to create piperidine or piperazine scaffolds

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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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