Subject: Brainy's FREE BullCharts TipSheet #11
Brainy's BullCharts* TipSheets
Number 11
Published: 3 April 2009

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the 11th edition of my (fortnightly) BullCharts software Tip Sheets, focussing on tips and hints regarding the Australian BullCharts charting software package.

I am always happy to receive feedback and suggestions for these Tip Sheets. Or if anything in the sheet is not clear, please feel free to contact me to ask about it.

As Easter is fast approaching, and will keep many of us a little busy with our minds focussed elsewhere, this Tip Sheet is nice and short.

In this edition I quickly cover a few keyboard shortcuts.

Please note the new Trading Workshop that I am running in late April - details in the side bar on the right.

Also, the March edition of my monthly e-Newsletter was released last week. Have a quick look at the Preview version:- You can click here for more details about Brainy's Monthly eNewsletter articles (on Technical Analysis, Share Trading and BullCharts), and to view all the articles in the first one, or a preview of each month's articles.

Please feel free to send me feedback, or requests for additional topics .

Good luck with your trading.

Robert ("Brainy") Brain
(Contact details below.)

Topics in this week's Tip Sheet:
  • Hands-on Trading Workshop
  • Mouse and Shortcuts Introduction
  • Mouse scroll wheel to scroll and zoom
  • Insert Indicator - Ctrl+I
  • Insert Security - Ctrl+E
  • More information
  • This TipSheet might look strange?

  • Mouse and Shortcuts Introduction

    As in many Windows software packages, there is often more than one way to do things.

    You can use the menu options that are across the top of the window.

    Or the various toolbar buttons often duplicate menu options; but provide a speedier way to do things.

    And then there are various ways you can use the mouse controls - the right mouse button, or the scroll wheel. Or even a combination of keyboard keys and mouse controls. Of course, if you don't have a scroll wheel in the top of your mouse, then these options won't be possible.

    Mouse scroll wheel to scroll and zoom

    With BullCharts open, and a price chart displayed, you can scroll the chart sideways to view earlier price data, or scroll back to view more recent price data.

    You can do this using the horizontal scroll tool at the bottom of the window.

    Or, you can mouse-click once in the chart some where to make sure that the "focus" is correct. Then simply turn the mouse scroll wheel with your index finger to scroll the chart from side to side. Scroll the top of the wheel forward to go back in time, and scroll it back to go forward in time. (This sounds a bit goofy, but that is how it works.)

    To zoom in/out

    To zoom the price chart in or out, there are a couple of toolbar buttons you can use. On the accompanying screen shot of the Chart Tools toolbar, these are the 3rd and 4th buttons from the left hand end.

    BUT, another way to zoom is to do this: Hold down the Ctrl key, and use the mouse scroll wheel.

    Insert Indicator - Ctrl+I

    If you often insert an indicator to your price charts, you might like to use the keyboard shortcut to do it.

    Firstly, let's point out the couple of different ways to "Insert an Indicator" to a price chart.

    By far the easiest way is to use a button on the Indicator toolbar. There are a few already there by default; but you might like to customise the toolbar and add a few of your own. This is easy to do; but is not described here this time.

    Another way to Insert an Indicator is to use the menu option: Insert - Indicator, an dfollow the prompts.

    Or you can use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+I. That is, hold down the Control key and press the letter "i". This is easy to remember because the letter you press - I - is the first letter of the word Indicator.

    Insert Security - Ctrl+E

    There are times where you might want to insert a chart of an index or security into an existing price chart. That is, you might display a chart of Commonwealth bank - CBA. And you might want to put a chart of the banking index onto this chart, to compare how CBA is performing compared to the other banks.

    BTW: How do you find out what the index code is for an index like the S&P/ASX 200 Financials sector? - In BullCharts, look in the Security Manager, then up the top under the heading "All Securities", expand the sub-heading "Security Types", and then the sub-heading "Indices". Browse down the list until you find it.

    To Insert Security, you can use the menu option Insert - Security, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+E.

    Then in the next dialogue box you might need to adjust some of the settings to place the security into the price pane, and to display candles instead of bars, etc., etc.

    More information

    More details on some of the topics in these Weekly Tip Sheets are included in Brainy's Monthly eNewsletters that are available to subscribers (for a very modest amount). Feel free to click on the relevant link at right to view samples and more details.

    These weekly Tip Sheets for BullCharts* users are intended to be short, quick grabs of information. They are not a replacement for the monthly detailed Brainy's eNewsletter articles, which cover these same topics but in much more detail. The eNewsletters articles also cover Technical Analysis and Share Trading topics.

    Also see the BullCharts on-line help (in BullCharts, hit the F1 key), and the relevant User Guide Chapter for more details (this is supplied with the software and copied to your hard drive as a PDF file).

    Note: Any screen shots shown in this newsletter are snapped from BullCharts version 3.8.

    FEEDBACK? - I am very keen to receive feedback about these weekly BullCharts Tipsheets. Please feel free to email me with comments, or suggestions. Contact details are included below.

    * - BullCharts is: " innovative charting and technical analysis system. It provides a feature rich and powerful set of tools with access to the latest strategies from local and overseas authors in analysing the dynamics of the stock market."

    This TipSheet might look strange?

    This TipSheet has been composed in HTML and distributed using an online service, and is intended to be viewed in HTML (ie. web language) format. Some parts might look a little strange, especially if you are viewing a basically text-only version. I am working on a text-only version.

    We have also found that some web-mail clients (eg. Hotmail and Yahoo mail) can mess up some aspects.

    Please feel free to send me feedback if anything looks strange.

    Good luck with your trading.

    Robert ("Brainy") Brain

    Hands-on Trading Workshop

    Been thinking about getting into share trading or CFDs, and not sure where to start?

    How about a realistic 2-hour hands-on workshop in the evening?

    In the workshop we will:

    • Open a demo account with a CFD broker;
    • Trade CFDs;
    • Trade an overseas market;
    • Trade in the early evening.
    In a real trading room at TCT Australia in South Yarra. How to maximise profit and reduce risk in today's market environment.

    Using "fantasy money" so you can really go for it - no holding back.

    More details are on my web site.

    The venue is the real trading room of TCT Australia - a company that specialises in providing training and mentoring to traders. Their best selling product is the Live Trader Program (LTP), which includes some theoretical online video training, and 5 days of hands-on realistic and mentored trading practise in their trading room (using a practise trading account with $100,000 of play money).

    Feel free to contact me for further details about this program. Or talk with the TCT staff, and tell them you heard about the program from Robert Brain. If you are keen to do the LTP program; but the price might be a stumbling block, then call me and we can talk about the possibilities.
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