A recurring question which has come though our customer usability survey is “Can you copy and paste structures drawn in ChemDraw into ChemSpider?” The answer is yes, you can. Simply draw the structure as normal and from the Edit menu choose Select All and Copy. In ChemSpider choose Structure Search from the search menu and click on the structure image to activate one of the Java-based structure drawing applets.
From the options given choose Draw/Edit and paste your structure into the drawing window, followed by Accept. You are now in a position to search your structure.
Alternatively, rather than using this route you can save your structure drawing in ChemDraw as a .mol file and in the structure drawing applet of ChemSpider, select the option to Load, then navigate to the location of your saved .mol file, open and load.