1.2. When You Start GChemPaint

When you start GChemPaint, an empty document window and a toolbox are displayed:

Figure 1-1. GChemPaint main window

A GChemPaint document window contains the following elements:


The menus on the menubar contain all of the commands you need to work with files in GChemPaint.


The toolbar contains a subset of the commands that you can access from the menubar.

Display area

The display area contains the contents of the file that you are editing.


The statusbar displays information about current GChemPaint activity and contextual information about the menu items.

Figure 1-2. GChemPaint toolbox

The toobox contains buttons for every available tool, a current element selector and a property page for the currently selected element. The screenshot shows the box with the selection tool selected (this is the default); its property box contains four buttons.

The toolbox is always displayed along with the active document window.