Window Size Control in Protein Explorer (PE)
Resizing the window containing a PE session
generally causes the session to crash, or to start operating incorrectly.
This is why it is important that the window be correctly sized
before PE starts. (This resizing problem is between Chime and the browser,
and is beyond our control.)
PE operates best in a window of at least 1024 x 768 pixels.
It will operate in smaller windows, but the control layout will be
less convenient, and you'll have to scroll more.
PE offers three methods for controlling the window size for
new PE sessions. Select your preferred method from the
menu labeled Window size for new PE sessions on the
The method you select on the FrontDoor will be used in all future PE
sessions, including those started from hyperlinks without using the
FrontDoor. Your menu selection is saved as a
- Full Screen: PE will use this method by default.
New PE sessions will fill
your entire screen. This is optimal if your screen is 1024 x 768 pixels or less.
If your screen is larger than 1024 x 768 pixels, full-screen PE sessions
are still recommended, but you may use one of the options below to
set smaller windows for PE if you prefer.
- Custom Size: The anticipated use for this method is when your screen
is larger than 1024 x 768 pixels, and when you prefer not to use the full
screen for PE sessions. You can set your custom PE window size as a percentage
of your full screen, and then all PE sessions will automatically be that size.
If your screen resolution is suboptimal in size for PE, or if you have set
a suboptimal custom window size for PE, you will receive no warnings
when you choose the "Custom Size" method. Therefore, if you use
a screen size deemed suboptimal, and if you don't want to be warned that
your screen size is suboptimal
in every PE session, select the "Custom Size" method, set the size
to the maximum percentages, and you won't be bothered.
- Manual Adjust: This method allows you to adjust manually the size
of the window for each new PE session, before the session starts.
As you adjust the window size, it reports its size and warns you if the size
is deemed suboptimal, but you can choose to use suboptimal sizes if you wish.
The Manual Adjust method also offers a checkbox "put molecules on left".
This reverses the positions of the control panels and the molecular image
within PE. If you have a very large screen, you could start two Protein
adjusting each to fill half of the width of the screen, putting the molecules on the left of the
right Comparator session only. This produces a four-molecule comparator.
If your Windows screen resolution will be less than 1024 x 768 (or 800 x 600
we recommend increasing your screen resolution.
If you can't or don't want to increase your screen resolution, we recommend
reducing the browser's default font sizes to enable PE to fit
better in the smaller window.
Width of Molecular Image
Regardless of how you configure window size for PE, you may find it
useful to specify the percentage of PE's window allocated to the
molecular image frame. For more information, click the link
Set custom molecular image width on PE's FrontDoor (just
below the Window Size link).
How to change the browser's default font sizes:
Open the Edit menu at the very top, and select Preferences. Under
Appearance, click Fonts. Change both font sizes (variable and fixed) to
8. Click OK. Now try PE. If the fonts are too small, try size 9 or 10.
- Microsoft's Internet Explorer:
Open the View menu at the very top, and use the Text Size option to try
a smaller font size.
How to increase your screen's resolution:
Your screen resolution is presently set to
- Windows: Right click on any empty space on your desktop, and select
Properties. Click the Settings tab, and adjust the
Screen Area slider.
- MacPPC OS8/9: Open the Apple menu at the upper left corner of the screen,
select Control Panel, then Monitors, then click the desired line on
the Resolution list.
- Mac OSX: Open System Preferences, Hardware, Displays, make sure the
Display button is highlighted, and use the Resolution menu.