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Every open chart (10 maximum at a time) has a double arrow on the top right for preferences adjustments - things like showing the bid/ask flags, adding the day's high/low line, background color, scale text size/color, the type of bar (OHLC or HLC bars, candlestick, etc). Saving and naming the finished chart will keep all these adjustments for that template...You can set up layouts with differing windows and chart templates, arrange them on your workspace then save and name that layout...
This feature allows you to record any part of a session and play it back at a later time....it records the live data.
When Market Replay is enabled, your layout will change to a fully functional simulation playback mode.
This feature will open your layout and run it as a fully functional simulation in real time.
For those of you running ApexTrader software, my chart template's .xml code can be downloaded directly
or I can email individual files to you...firstname.lastname@example.org.
directions on this page to view some of the charts I use and to download their .xml files for installing on your machine.
Your saved chart templates can be applied to any chart on your layout.
for personalizing your charts. Example templates with further explanations of how to create them continues below.
are set to show in the price pane with Stochastic and MACD in the bottom pane.
Below is an example of it used on the MACD histogram...
a template that hides the price and time scales (...the set up is described further below...)
All indicator colors, thicknesses and parameters are adjustable. There are also tools for creating custom formulas...
Any can be added as separate study panes - Most of them can be combined with other indicators or placed in the price pane.
Select from an extensive range of tools...(picture/listings are shown at the bottom of this page)
Plus there are special indicators that can be applied to any chart.
Create custom GRID lines using these drawing tools ...(on the general preferences menu, turn the Grids/Show horizontal Off )
Here's how to set up the NQ extensions properties for 10 point horizontal lines.
FIBONACCI RETRACEMENT TOOL
1) Brach Zone Grids .............(similar to what's shown in the Fibonacci Retracement set up above)
2) Entry-Stop-Target Grids....(similar to what's explained in the Fibonacci Extension section below)
FIBONACCI EXTENSION TOOL
The example below has target lines every +10 ticks.
It's faster/easier to use than having to change the properties on the 'normal' horizontal line tool when you want a different color or whatever.
FIB EXT GRID Level lines
Another use for the Fibonacci Extension tool is for setting up a set of predefined price level grids.
For the YM and RUT I use a 10 point grid (10 ticks), applied mainly on my shorter term trading charts.
They help me get a feel for how large the price runs have been after reversals. These also help in deciding whether
or not to take trades and where to set reasonable stops and targets.
For the ES and NQ I use an 2 point grid (8 ticks between grid levels).
Each market needs to have its own FIB EXT GRID properties set...below are the property settings
I use for the ES , for the YM and for the RUT. Once the grids are drawn for one market, save the template
then switch the symbol to the next market, draw its grids and save the template...and so on for each market.
Doing this will keep all grid lines saved for that template so when you change markets, its grid lines will be retained.
Make sure you do not delete these...If you do delete any of them, reapplying the template will restore all of them.
Adjusting the grid level numbers needs to be done only one time per market**.
Once you have all eight levels set to your specifications, continue to apply it above and below the current price.
Then save the chart template - all drawing tool annotations will be saved...
(For the YM I initially did this for a couple hundred points in either direction)
Now switch the chart's symbol to another market.
Again, adjust the FIB EXT price levels to your liking and do the copy/paste work one more time -
Save the template once more. You now have grids for two different markets...(you can add more markets)
The grids will show at the proper levels for each symbol whenever you apply that template.
** FIB EXT GRID notes:
1) Each set of grid lines should be set to 'Locked True' in the properties box once they are pasted and positioned
at their proper levels. This prevents them from moving when you are adjusting other drawing tool lines.
2) As time goes by and prices rise or fall enough to reach the last grid set you had pasted in before
just copy an existing grid and paste some more to the chart (save the template again when done).
This saves you from having to readjust the FIB EXT Level numbers again.