Alerts Manager


Introduction

The Sierra Chart Alerts Manager is opened by selecting Window >> Alerts Manager on the menu.

It contains 3 different tabs. Each of them are documented below.

Alerts Log

To open the Alerts Log, select Window >> Alerts Manager >> Alerts Log.

The Alerts Log tab lists Simple Alert and Spreadsheet System/Alert messages which contain detailed information given when an Alert Condition Formula has become TRUE.

Other events, like trading events and automated trading signals which trigger an alert are also added to the Alerts Log.

When the last line is selected in the Alerts Log, and a new Alert Message is added, the log will automatically be scrolled to the newly added line to the Alerts Log. Therefore, it is recommended to keep the last line selected so that the new Alert Message lines will be visible when they are added.

To prevent the Alerts Log from opening automatically when a study or chart alert event occurs, then uncheck Global Settings >> General Settings >> General 2 >> Show Alerts Log On Study Alert.

Symbol Alerts

To open the Symbol Alerts tab, select Window >> Alerts Manager >> Symbol Alerts.

A Symbol Alert is an alert condition set on a particular Symbol and uses the Current Quote data for the symbol to trigger the alert.

The Symbol Alerts tab lists all of the configured Symbol Alerts.

Adding Symbol Alert

To add a Symbol Alert, follow the instructions below.

  1. Select Window >> Show Hide Alert Manager >> Symbol Alerts.
  2. Press the Add Symbol Alert button on the Alerts Manager window.
  3. Set all of the settings as required. Most especially the Symbol. Press the Find button to look up the symbol.
  4. Press the Add button to add the Symbol Alert or press the Cancel button to not add it.
  5. A Symbol Alert can also be added through the chart by selecting Chart >> Add Symbol Alert on the menu. To add this command to the Chart Shortcut Menu if it is not already listed, refer to Customize Chart Shortcut menu.
  6. A Symbol Alert can also be added by right clicking on a chart at the price level that you want to set the alert at and selecting Add Symbol Alert. The Value field in the Add Symbol Alert window will be set to the price level you right-clicked at on the chart. To add this command to the Chart Shortcut Menu if it is not already listed, refer to Customize Chart Shortcut menu.

Editing, Deleting or Disabling Symbol Alert

All of the existing added Symbol Alerts, can be edited, deleted or disabled by following the instructions below.

  1. Select Window >> Show Hide Alert Manager >> Symbol Alerts.
  2. Right-click over the particular Symbol Alert you want to edit, delete or disable.
  3. The menu will display. Select one of the following: Edit, Delete, Disable.

Time Alerts

To open the Time Alerts tab, select Window >> Alerts Manager if it is not already visible. Select the Time Alerts tab.

The Time Alerts tab lists all of the configured Time Alerts. To add a Time Alert, go to the Time Alerts tab. Press the Add Time Alert button. Set all of the fields as you require. Press the Add button when done. You should now see it listed on the Time Alerts tab.

When right clicking with your pointing device on an existing Time Alert in the Time Alerts list, you are able to Edit, Delete, Disable, the Time Alert.

The Alert Time and Alert Date need to be relative to the global Time Zone setting in Sierra Chart.

Controls

Close

Closes the Alerts Manager window.

Clear Log

This button will clear the contents of the Alerts Log permanently. You will be prompted to confirm.

Go To Chart

This button only applies to the Alerts Log tab.

If an alert message is selected in the Alerts Log, the Go to Chart button will open the chart that has given this alert message. If the chart has been changed to a different symbol, the chart will be changed back to the symbol that triggered the alert.

When you press the Go to Chart button when the Alerts Log tab is selected in the Alerts Manager, the chart the alert originated from will be scrolled to the Date-Time the Alert Condition became TRUE at.

The chart will be scrolled so that the last bar is at that particular Date-Time. To go to the end of the chart, press the END key on your keyboard, use the scrollbar to go back to the end of the chart, or select Chart >> Goto End of Chart.

Go To Chart and Close

This button only applies to the Alerts Log. This command is the same as Go To Chart except that the Alerts Manager window will be closed after you press this button.

As with the Go To Chart button, this button will also scroll the chart to the Date-Time the Alert Condition became TRUE at. Refer to the description for Go To Chart for more details.

Edit >> Copy Selection

This command copies the selected alert message lines on the Alerts Log tab to the system clipboard. After this you can paste the contents into another program.

Edit >> Copy Symbols

This menu command only applies to the Alerts Log tab. This command will create a list of the symbols from each of the alert message lines and put them on the system clipboard. Each symbol will be on its own line.

Font Type and Size

To change the Font Type and Size of the text in the Alerts Manager, select Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other >> Text Windows Font>> Select from the menu. The Font window will open. Choose the Font, Font Style, and Size and press OK.

Disabling Alert Sounds

Alert sounds that you hear can come from the Alert Condition Formulas defined on the main price graphs in Chart Settings or from Studies, Chart Drawings from drawing Tools, or from Trading events.

Below is the Alerts Log showing Alert Messages.

Globally Mute Alert Sounds

To globally mute (prevent from playing) all alert sounds, check the menu option Global Settings >> Mute All Alert Sounds. Uncheck this menu option to un-mute the sounds.

Disabling Alert Sounds from Studies

To disable alert sounds from studies, select Window >> Alerts Manager >> Alerts Log.

The Source column will indicate the particular source Chart and study the Alert Message is from. The Chart Number (#) is also given. After the | character, the name of the Study is given.

Once you know the particular Chart and Study the alert is from, then go to the chart where the Alert Message originated from.

Select Analysis >> Studies on the menu. Open the Study Settings window for the specific study, that is given in the Alerts Log Source column, that the Alert Message originated from.

Select the Alerts tab. Set the Alert Sound to No Alert or uncheck the Enabled option.

Press the OK button to close the Study Settings window.

Disabling Alert Sounds for Main Price Graph

To disable alert sounds that are set through Chart >> Chart Settings >> Alerts for a chart, select Window >> Alerts Manager >> Alerts Log .

The Source column will indicate the particular source chart the alert is from. The Chart Number (#) is also given.

Go to the chart where the alert originated from. Select Chart >> Chart Settings >> Alerts. Set the Alert Sound setting to No Alert or you can remove the Alert Condition formula.

Disabling Alert Sounds for Chart Drawings

Alert Sounds can also originate from Chart Drawing Alerts that you have set up on Chart Drawings. A Chart Drawing is a drawing drawn by one of the drawing Tools from the Tools menu, like a Line .

Here is an example chart drawing alert message in the Window >> Alerts Manager >> Alerts Log: Chart Drawing Alert: 6EZ14 1 Min #2, Horizontal Line, Low (1.3300) Below line #80 (1.3320).

To find this chart drawing, select Tools >> Manage Chart Drawings Window. Find the Chart Drawing in the list. This Chart Drawing is #80. The list of Chart Drawings also has the drawing numbers to be able to find the corresponding drawing easily. Once you find the drawing in the list, press the Alert button. Uncheck the Enable Alert for Chart Drawing option to disable the alert.

Disabling Alert Sounds for Trading Events

To disable alert sounds for Trading events, select Trade >> General Trade Settings and set the Alert settings to No Alert.

Clearing Current Alert Sound Queue

There can be many alert sounds that have been triggered in Sierra Chart from one or more studies, which have been placed in the queue waiting to be played. In this case, you will be hearing sound after sound until the queue becomes empty.

To clear the alert sound queue, select Global Settings >> Clear Alert Sound Queue on the menu.


*Last modified Sunday, 11th September, 2016.