Welcome to the 11th edition of my (fortnightly) BullCharts
software Tip Sheets, focussing on tips and hints regarding the
Australian BullCharts charting software package.
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
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Topics in this week's Tip
Hands-on Trading Workshop
Mouse and Shortcuts
Mouse scroll wheel to scroll
Insert Indicator - Ctrl+I
Insert Security - Ctrl+E
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|Mouse and Shortcuts
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
|Mouse scroll wheel to scroll and
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
To zoom in/out
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 -
If you often insert an indicator to your price
charts, you might like to use the keyboard shortcut to
Firstly, let's point out the couple of
different ways to "Insert an Indicator" to a price
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 -
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,
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.
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Tipsheets. Please feel free to email me with comments,
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* - BullCharts is: "...an 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."
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