Gaussian 16W Reference
The Job Processing Window
The Job Processing window is the place from which Gaussian 16W jobs are controlled and executed and where their output is displayed. Its main parts are described in the following illustration:
The remainder of this section discusses the menus and buttons available in this window.
The File Menu
The File menu allows you to create and access Gaussian 16W input files and to set program preferences.
Create new Gaussian 16W input (residing only in memory until it is explicitly saved to disk).
Open an existing Gaussian 16W input file. The extension of a Gaussian 16W input file is .GJF. The Open… menu item may also be used to load an existing batch control file. The batch facility is described later in this section. Finally, it may be used to open a PDB file for conversion (this process is discussed later).
Edit the current input, via the Existing File Job Edit window.
Set Gaussian 16W preferences. Preferences are described in a separate section later in this document.
Exit from Gaussian 16W. You will be prompted whether to save any unsaved new or modified input files as well as any unsaved changes to the preferences.
The Process menu allows you to manipulate executing jobs. All of its items have equivalent icons in the Job Processing window (described later in this section).
Begin executing the currently loaded input.
Pause → Next Link
Suspend execution of the currently executing job after it completes the current link. (The Gaussian 16 program is divided into a series of modules known aslinks. Different links perform different parts of the calculation, and the various links execute sequentially, making up the total job.)
Restart execution of a paused job.
Immediately abort the currently executing job. If a batch is running, the next job in the batch (batches are formally defined later in this section) will begin executing (unless the End Batch Run on Error preference is set).
The Utilities Menu
The Utilities menu gives you access to the batch and file conversion facilities and other utilities provided with Gaussian 16W.
We’ll consider them in detail later in this manual.
Edit Batch List
Edit the currently loaded batch control file (extension.BCF), via the Edit Batch Listwindow (described later). If no batch control file is loaded, then a new batch list is created and any currently loaded input is erased from memory.
Convert files using the NewZMat utility. After selecting this option, you designate the file to be converted from the Open File dialog box. The NewZMat File Conversion window then appears (described later in this document).
Generate a cube file for use in a visualization program. You will be prompted for all necessary information.
Manipulate or transform one or more existing cube files. You will be prompted for all necessary information.
Retrieve frequency and thermochemistry data from a checkpoint file. After selecting this option, you designate the checkpoint file to be used with the Open File dialog box.
Convert a binary checkpoint file to an formatted (ASCII) version. After selecting this option, you designate the checkpoint file to be used with the Open File dialog box.
Convert a formatted checkpoint file back to its G09W binary format. After selecting this option, you designate the checkpoint file to be used with the Open File dialog box.
Display information about the contents of a checkpoint file. After selecting this option, you designate the checkpoint file to be used with the Open File dialog box.
Convert checkpoint files between the current version and those for previous versions of Gaussian for Windows. After selecting this option, you designate the checkpoint file to be used with the Open File dialog box.
External PDB Viewer
View the current molecular structure with an external PDB viewing program. The program to use is specified in the preferences (described later in this document).
The View Menu
The View menu controls the appearance of the window and enables you to invoke an external text editor. The default settings of the various display options may also be controlled via preferences. The editing options also have icon equivalents (described later in this section).
Toggles the display of the toolbar portion of the window. When the toolbar is visible, this item is checked.
Toggles the display of the Output Display area of the window. When the Output Display area is visible, this item is checked.
Toggles the display of the status bar portion of the window, which shows a brief description of the current menu item. When the status bar is visible, this item is checked.
Invoke the external editor (which editor is used is defined in the preferences).
The Help Menu
The Help menu follows standard Windows conventions.
Display the table of contents for the on-line help.
Display an informational window about this version and copy of Gaussian 16W, including the program version and the serial number of this copy:
Help may also be reached at any time by pressing the F1 key.
The following icons are available in the Job Processing window (the equivalent menu item is in parentheses):
Begin processing the current input or batch file (Process: Run).
Immediately pause job (Process: Pause).
Pause after the current link (Process: Pause → Next Link).
Resume executing a paused job (Process: Resume).
Terminate the current job (Process: Kill Job).
Edit the current batch control file, or create a new one if none is currently loaded (Utilities: Edit Batch List).
End the running batch after the current job completes (Process: End Batch).
Immediately abort the current batch, killing the current job (Process: Kill Batch).
Open the external editor (View: Editor).
Edit the current output file. Be sure to pause a running job first! (View: Editor → Output File).
Gaussian 16W jobs may also be initiated using the drag-and-drop execution technique. Here are the steps involved:
- Start Gaussian 16W (if necessary).
- Browse to the directory containing the desired input file(s).
- Select and drag the files onto the Gaussian 16W icon (if the program is minimized) or anywhere within the Job Processing window. If more than one file is dragged and dropped, a batch file consisting of the selected input files will be created. The resulting batch control file will be named DropList.BCF, and it will be placed in the current directory.
- Select Begin Processing from the Process menu (or click on the equivalent icon). You can direct Gaussian 16W to automatically begin processing files that are dropped in the Process Preferences window.
Last updated on: 17 August 2016.