Welcome to my third FREE weekly BullCharts
TipSheet. I hope you find the few tips in this edition useful. Please
feel free to send me feedback, or requests for additional topics.
Over the Christmas period I will take a break for a week or two, so
there won't be a weekly tip sheet next week (Christmas period), and
maybe not the week after (New Year period), but I will probably be
writing again in the week after that.
In the mean time, may you and your family and friends have a safe and
happy Christmas and New Year.
Topics in this week's newsletter:
BullCharts Function Keys - F3, F7, F8
/ global indices
global indices are available?
view these indices?
view these indices - EASILY?
TipSheet might look strange?
|Overseas / global indices
This topic comes up from time to time in our
monthly Melbourne BullCharts User Group meetings, so I thought I should
publish some notes about it for future reference.
It is possible to view a number of overseas stocks, indices, etc. in
BullCharts on a Daily chart (or weekly, monthly - but not intraday).
See details below.
|Which global indices are available?
At the BullCharts web site, on the home
page, there is a section called "Announcements"
(see screen shot here - click on the image to visit the web site and
see the details). There are currently two links shown there, to a list
of global indices (one sorted by name, and one by symbol). There are
about 770 entries in the list! If you want, you can "scrape" this list
and copy/paste it into Excel or Word etc (which I don't use, because
they cost far too much - I use the free OpenOffice
software). I have prepared a quick abbreviated 2-page PDF version of
this list for you to view and print with the more common entries (only
55 entries). It is available here:-
|How to view these indices?
One way to view these indices in BullCharts
is to type the index code into the "Symbol" field in the BullCharts
"Security" toolbar (see screen shot here). A sample code is US.^DJA
(Dow Jones), and hit the Enter key.
When you type this code into the field, your BullCharts program will
need to send a request over the internet to the BullCharts server in
Sydney, to retrieve the relevant data. This data is not stored on your
local PC. So, make sure you have your internet connection up, and that
you have BullCharts "Connected". (This in indicated by the "pair of
plugs" icon in the very bottom right hand corner of the BullCharts
window - if it is green and the plugs are together then you are
connected; but if it is red, and the plugs are apart, then you are
Note: one current downside - BullCharts does not display the name of
the displayed index, only the code. So you need to be familiar with
your favourite codes.
|How to view these indices - EASILY?
If you have a few indices that you like to view
from time to time, or perhaps add indicators to, etc., then there is an
easy way to readily view the charts - enter the desired codes into a
BullCharts Watchlist (like the one in the screen shot here).
You can either type the codes into your own Watchlist, or it is much
easier to cut and paste a list of your preferred codes. I have stored a
list of more common ones in a text
file with a link here. To use this link, you can right-click
on it and either "Save Target As" and save it to your hard drive, or
"Open in New Window".
To paste these codes into a BullCharts Watchlist, follow these steps
(and view the video tutorial in the BullCharts Yahoo Forum - see link
You can watch a video tutorial of the above steps
by downloading the tutorial file from the Yahoo Forum link below (it is
best to right click and "Open in new window", and you will need to log
in to the Yahoo Forum - if you don't have access, please email to me -
- In BullCharts, create a new watchlist
(and name it Global Codes, for example), and right-click on the
watchlist name, then select "Properties" from the drop down menu (or
double-click on the watchlist name). This will open the Watchlist
Properties dialogue box.
- Open the text file of index codes in
NotePad (or whatever other program you might be using).
- "Select" all entries in the NotePad
window (you can use the menu options, or Ctrl+A), and "copy" these to
the Clipboard (you can use the menu again, or Ctrl+C).
- In BullCharts, in the Watchlist
Properties dialogue box, you can "paste" the Clip Board entries
(right-click inside the Properties dialogue box, and choose Paste, or
just use Ctrl+V).
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Note: Any screen shots shown in this newsletter are snapped from
BullCharts version 3.8 (which will be available very soon).
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Useful BullCharts Function Keys - F3, F7, F8
Here are three useful Function Keys.
F3 - Toggle stacking of the
When you have a basic price chart, and you "Insert" several indicators
as separate panes (not over the top of the price pane; but in their own
pane), then each pane gets compressed vertically and they all get a bit
difficult to read. Especially if your PC monitor is not very tall.
(Note: these new panes are added either above the price pane, or below,
depending on the setting in Tools > Preferences >
Indicators - see screen shot above).
The F3 key will toggle on and off the "stacking" of these indicator
panes. When the panes are stacked, there is one pane visible and the
others are available by clicking on the tabs across the bottom of the
F7 - Maximise one pane
If you have a price chart, or an indicator pane, that is a little
cramped vertically, mouse click once in the pane (to make it the active
pane) and hit the F7 function key to "maximise" that pane to full
window size. When done, hit F7 to revert back to the normal view.
F8 - Control Panel
In earlier versions of BullCharts, the F8 key was used to display the
Scan or Security Manager window pane. In BullCharts version 3.8 we now
have six different tabs available in this window pane and we are
calling it the "Control Panel".
The quick way to display this Control Panel, or hide it, is to use the
F8 Function key.
If you want, you can undock it from the side of the screen, and have it
"float" within the window.