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Use the Replica Button For Synchronized Views

Most primary MacVector windows (Nucleic Acid Sequence, Protein Sequence, Multiple Sequence Alignment, Align To Reference, Contig Assembly etc.) have a Replica toolbar button. If you click that button, a second window will open, potentially set to a different tab. The key to this functionality is that the two windows are linked – any selections you make in one window will reflect in the other. In most cases this means that if you select an object in, for example, the Map tab of one window, the Editor tab of the other window will actually scroll to display the selected region.

Here’s an example where clicking on an aligned read in an Align To Reference Map tab has automatically scrolled the replica Editor tab to show the selected sequence.

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