MarvinView is intended to be used mainly to display molecules. However, there is a limited set of functionality available to edit the molecule while you view it.
To make major changes to the molecule, it can be opened in either a MarvinSketch window or a Source window and once the alterations have been made, it can be imported back into the Viewer.
Editing Options in MarvinView
Marvin allows you to clean your molecule in either 2D or 3D. This will recalculate the coordinates of the atoms and bonds to the most appropriate location, based on the type of cleaning you select.
You can set cleaning options via the Structure > Clean submenu or from the pop-up menu.
You can toggle the display of rings as aromatic using the Structure > Aromatic Form submenu.
Using the Advanced submenu from the View menu or from the pop-up menu, you can toggle the display of options such as atom numbers, map numbers, and lone pairs.
Editing in MarvinSketch
MarvinView allows you to launch a MarvinSketch window for editing the current molecule. By selecting Edit > Structure , the molecule will be opened in MarvinSketch. While you are editing the molecule in the sketcher, you will be unable to use the viewer. When you use the Transfer button of the sketcher window, you will be able to use the viewer again and all changes you have made in the sketcher will appear in the viewer.
Choosing Source from the
(in the menubar or pop-up menu) opens the Edit Source Window. The Source window opens the file for the current molecule as text. You can view and edit the molecule file in any of the supported formats (SMILES, Molfile, XYZ, etc.).
You can alter a molecule by directly editing its source in the Source window. You can view and edit the source in any of the supported file formats. To change format, simply select the desired one from the Format menu. To reload the molecule described by the text in this window on the MarvinView canvas (including any changes you may have made), select File > Import. This will close the Source window.