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Add Files to a Collection

How can I add files to a collection?

Open the Collection Interface

To add files to a new collection, create the new collection as described in the "Open a Collection" lesson. In this example, the collection is named "mScarlet".

Import DNA Files into a Collection

To import DNA files into a collection, click the Import/Export menu button, then select Import Files into Collection... . Browse to select the files, then click Open. Alternatively, drag and drop DNA files into the window on the right or the list box on the left.

View the DNA Files in a Collection

The collection window now displays the added DNA files.

Import a Folder into a Collection

To import a folder of files into a collection, click the Import/Export menu button and select Import Folder into Collection... . Browse to the folder and select it, then click Import.

View Folders in a Collection

In Folder view, the collection interface shows the list of folders. If necessary, click on the icon to switch to Folder view.

Expand a folder by clicking the triangle next to the folder name.

Import Protein Files into a Collection

To import protein files into a collection, first switch from viewing DNA files to protein files. For this purpose, click the menu button, then select Protein Files.

Click the Import/Export menu button, then select Import Files into Collection... . Alternatively, drag and drop protein files into the window on the right or the list box on the left.

View the Protein Files in a Collection

The collection window now displays the added protein files.

Save a File to a Collection

To save a DNA or protein file to a collection, open the file, then click File → Save to Collection and choose the desired collection.

The collection window alerts you that the file has been imported. Click OK.

The collection window now displays the added file.

Add a Placeholder File

To add a placeholder file that will store information about a sequence record in the absence of the sequence, click Add DNA File... or Add Protein File... .

Click to choose Add a placeholder file with no sequence, type the file name, choose the topology if you are creating a DNA file, then click OK.

View the Placeholder File in a Collection

The collection window now shows the placeholder file. Click the check box to view and edit the Description Panel. Note that the Description Panel can be used to store information about the sequence record. The sequence can be added later using the Add Sequence... or Import Sequence & History... buttons.