Common Tool Functionality

Last modified 14:47, 5 Nov 2012

Common Tool Property Functions

Many of the tools share common property controls that determine the position, location, color, font, etc. of the various tool outputs.

Learning how to change the properties for one tool can be applied to changing the properties of other tools.

Properties Dialog Sheet

Double click the left mouse button on the selected tool output to view that tool's Properties sheet:


Most of the common properties can be viewed and changed using this dialog box.

Each Tool has a different array of properties, they are arranged in tabbed pages.

All tools have a Settings Tab, some tools also have an Appearance tab, and some have a third tab specific to that tool. In this example of the Fibonacci Retracement Properties there is a Retracement Levels tab.

Defaults can be set for each tool, see below.

Right Click Pop-up Dialog

Alternatively, you can single right mouse click the tool and a pop-up settings menu will appear:


Click on the uppermost menu item, the tool's Properties sheet will appear.

The other menu items are also related specifically to the selected tool.

Details of some of the functions commonly used by many tools are as follows:


Date Settings

For some tools the start date and end date can be manually specified.

The initial values in these text boxes are determined by the position of the mouse clicks which created the tool.

Start refers to where the initial mouse click was positioned, End is where the final mouse click occurred. When more than two mouse clicks are required, for instance a triangle (3 clicks), numbered settings text boxes are provided.

When new dates are manually altered, the tool's position on the chart will shift to the new location as soon as the OK button is clicked.

Value Settings

Value refers to the price as indicated by the vertical price axis (y-axis).

Some tools allow the start price and the end price to be specified. The start and end positions are determined by the initial mouse clicks, it is possible for the "start" value to be at a date after the "end" value.

Where more than two prices are relevant, numbered settings text boxes are provided.

When new values are manually entered, the tool's position on the chart will shift to the new location as soon as the OK button is clicked.

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:



All tools, except the Text tool, have an Appearance tab:


The variables contained in the appearance tab vary depending on the tool.

Standard Line Variables

All tools have Color, Style and Weighting on the appearance tab.

Location of Labels

For tools where the price level of the line is displayed just above the line on the right margin, it's location above the line can be changed.

The drop-down list box on the Appearance tab provides options for the setting the label's location:


If the line extension option is also chosen, the label will appear at the right or left margin of the chart, rather than at the right or left end of the non-extended lines.

The labels can be set not to appear by selecting None.

Use Fill Color

For tools which have enclosed spaces, for instance rectangles, circles, etc., check the Use Fill Color check box to fill the enclosed space with the indicated color:


Other Tool Specific Tabs

Many tools have an additional tab containing setting specific to that tool, for example the Text tool has a Font tab in addition to its Settings tab:


Other tool specific settings include location of Fibonacci lines, etc., details and descriptions of these tool specific settings can be found in each Tools' help topic.

Defaults Setting

For each tool, the current settings can be set as the default for that tool.

After making changes, click the Defaults button at the bottom left of each Properties dialog, the Default Settings dialog box opens:


To save the current appearance of the tool as that tool's default, click the first option button and OK.

To restore the system's default settings, click the second option button and OK.

These default settings will only apply to the current tool.

This default setting will not "Lock Current Tool".

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