Chapter 5. Command Reference

Menus and shortcut keys

The File Menu

FileSave As... (Ctrl+Shift+S)

Save Kalzium's table as image.

FileExport Data...

Open a dialog where you can select Elements and their Properties to export them to a HTML, XML, or CSV file.

FileConvert chemical files...

Open a dialog to import and export a wide range of chemical file formats and data types with the Open Babel library.

FileQuit (Ctrl+Q)

Quits Kalzium.

The View Menu


Display a submenu with different periodic tables. The available options are:

Classic Periodic Table

Display the classic periodic table with all elements.

Short Periodic Table

Display a periodic table without transition elements.

Long Periodic Table

Display a periodic table with inner transition elements (f-elements) embedded.

Transition Elements

Display a periodic table only with transition elements.

DZ Periodic Table

This item represents the table the DZ Deutscher Zentralausschuss German Central Committee suggests.


Display a submenu with different numeration modes. The available options are:

No Numeration

Display no numeration scheme.


Display the IUPAC numeration.


Display the CAS numeration.


Display the Old IUPAC numeration.


Display a submenu with different schemes. The available options are:


Display all elements with one background color.


Display the four blocks of elements.


Display icons for each element.


Display the families of elements.


Display the groups of elements.


Display the colors of elements.


Display a submenu with different gradients. The available options are:


Disable any gradient for the table.

State of matter

Display the elements' state of matter.

Covalent Radius

Display the elements' covalent radius.

Van der Waals

Display the elements' van der Waals radius.

Atomic Mass

Display the elements' atomic mass.

Boiling Point

Display the elements' boiling point.

Melting Point

Display the elements' melting point.

Electronegativity (Pauling)

Display the elements' electronegativity.


Display the elements' electron affinity.

Discovery date

Display the discovery date of each element with different background colors for each century.

First Ionization

Display the elements' energy of first ionization.


Toggle the legend view. Allows you to display the legend for the scheme you are in (Groups, Family, Blocks). The legend is displayed by default but if you hide it, it will stay hidden until you choose to show it. Kalzium will keep this setting in its configuration file, so that the next time you run it, the setting will be as you left it.


Toggle the Sidebar.

ViewTable Information

Toggle the Table Information view.

The Tools Menu

ToolsMolecular Editor...

Open the Molecular Editor dialog.

ToolsIsotope Table...

Open the Isotope Table window.

ToolsPlot Data...

Open the Plot Data dialog.

ToolsPerform Calculation...

Open the Perform Calculation dialog.

ToolsR/S Phrases...

Open the Risk/Security Phrases dialog.


Open the Glossary.


Display a dialog with the Greek alphabet and Numeric Prefixes and Roman Numerals.

The Settings and Help Menu

Kalzium has the common KDE Settings and Help menu items, for more information read the sections about the Settings Menu and Help Menu of the KDE Fundamentals.