Common Tool Behavior

Last modified 14:37, 24 Sep 2012

Common Tool Behavior

The Your SOFTWARE drawing tools share common types of behavior.

The appearance varies due to the type of tool output, but the underlying behavior is the same.

Tool Lock

The position of most tools can be locked by clicking the Locked checkbox in the tool's Properties settings dialog box:

drawlock.gif

or by clicking the lock/unlock toggle in the pop-up settings menu toggle:

toollock.gif      toolunlock.gif

Note - Only the position of the tool is locked, the appearance and many other attributes can still be altered.

Handles

Move your mouse cursor over the tool output, your cursor will change to its default "link select" mode, in this case a pointing finger:

drawselecttool.gif

Single left mouse click and the "handles" will appear. They are the four black boxes at the edge of the tool output area.

Moving Tool Output

To move the tool output, display the handles and then position the cursor on the edge of the tool output area, between any of the handles. Hold the mouse down and drag the tool output to a new position. Its shape and size will be retained.

Resizing Tool Output

To resize, reshape or re-orient the tool output, left mouse click on the "handle" itself and drag that handle to a new position, the other handles will remain stationery and the tool output's size, shape and/or orientation will be changed.

drawresizetoola.gif                                                  drawresizetoolb.gif

Note - When moving or resizing along the x-axis (horizontal) the size will jump from one interval (day, month, year) to the next, while when moving or resizing along the y-axis (vertical) the movement is smoother, moving pixel by pixel.

Create Parallel Line

Many line based tools allow for a parallel line to be created relative to the selected tool:

toolparallel.gif

To retain parallel orientation, hold down the left mouse and select the new line in the center and drag to new location.

Whether the type of line is the same as the original selected tool depends on the tool. For example, a selected Arrowline will create a parallel Arrowline, while a parallel Trendline will be created for a Price Percentage Channel. 

Refer to the individual Tool topics for a description of how the parallel function affects each tool.

Extend Line

Many line tools have the ability to be extended in either direction indefinitely. The settings' check boxes are located in the tool's Properties settings dialog box:

toolsextend.gif

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