From: Alexandr Isayev (
Date: Fri Oct 20 2006 - 11:48:40 CDT


Yeah, you can do it.

Just edit .vmdrc (vmd.rc under Windows) file to change default representation and/or anything else you would like :)


mol default style {CPK 1.000000 0.300000 19.000000 16.000000}

Please, refer to the available documentation for more details.



Friday, October 20, 2006, 5:57:20 AM, you wrote:


Hi all,

When I click on PDB files in my computer, they open in VMD. They are displayed using the default 'line' graphic representation. I'd like them to display in the CPK (ball and stick) graphic representation by default. Is there any way to set this as the default so that when VMD opens, the PDB file is automatically displayed in CPK representation and not 'line' representation ?




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