Control Bar


Customize Control Bars >> Control Bar 1-8 (Global Settings)

There are 8 customizable Control Bars configurations available. These 8 Control Bar configurations can be attached to the main Sierra Chart window or to a detached Chart or Spreadsheet window.

The Global Settings >> Customize Control Bars >> Control Bar 1-8 command opens the Control Bar customization window for any of the 8 available Control Bars configurations.

In this window you can Add, Remove, Move Up (move left), and Move Down (move right) buttons on a Control Bar for all of the available menu commands in Sierra Chart.

All of the commands found on the menus are available to be added as Control Bar buttons.

To make one or more the 8 available Control Bars visible, go to either the main Sierra Chart window or to a detached Chart or Spreadsheet window and select Window >> Control Bars >> Control Bar 1-8 and make sure there is a checkmark by the Control Bar you want to be visible.

For complete instructions, refer to Control Bars >> Control Bar [1-8] on this page.

Also refer to the Moving and Detaching the Control Bar section.

Control Bar Buttons Text Size

Follow the instructions below to change the size of the text in Control Bar buttons.

  1. Select Global Settings >> Graphics Settings.
  2. Select the Fonts tab.
  3. Select Control Bar Text in the list.
  4. Press the Select button.
  5. Set the Font Size as you require.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Press OK.

Use Same Size for Control Bar Buttons

Follow the instructions below to set the same size for Control Bar buttons.

  1. Select Global Settings >> Customize Control Bar >> Control Bar 1-8 .
  2. Enable the Use Same Size for Control Bar Buttons option.
  3. Press OK.
  4. Refer to the image below for an example of how this will appear. This is a floating Control Bar.

Custom Buttons for Intraday Chart Bar Period

There is the capability to customize 20 Control Bar buttons to set a specific bar period for Intraday chart bars. To add and customize these buttons, follow these instructions:

  1. Select Global Settings >> Customize Control Bars >> Control Bar 1-8. You will need to select Control Bar 1 through 8 depending upon which Control Bar you want to customize.
  2. In the list of Available Control Bar Commands under the Chart list, you will find 20 button descriptions starting with the name Custom Bar Period. These will be at the bottom of the Chart Bar Period list. Add one of these buttons. Any of them will work.
  3. Select the particular Custom Bar Period # item added to the Selected Control Bar Commands list.
  4. Press the Set Period... button to configure it to the chart bar period that you want. For example, if you want to set a button to a 15 minute bar period, then set Bar Period Type to Days-Mins-Secs and enter enter 0-15-0 in the Bar Period Value box.
  5. Press OK. Press OK.
  6. You will now see the Custom Bar Period buttons added to the Control Bar. Press one of the buttons to change the chart bars of the active chart to the specified period/timeframe per bar. If you are using Chart Linking, then other charts which are linked to the active chart will also have their chart bars changed to the very same bar period.

Control Bar Text Drawing Buttons

It is supported to add Control Bar buttons which can be configured to place specific text on the chart when clicking the left Pointer button on the chart. These buttons use the Type Text Drawing Tool.

For complete documentation, refer to Custom Text Drawing Control Bar Buttons on the Chart Drawing Tools page.

Control Bar Button Properties

It is supported to set the Caption, Image, Description and Background color for a Control Bar Button. These are known as the Button Properties.

Follow the steps below to do this.

  1. Select Global Settings >> Customize Control Bars >> Control Bar 1-8.
  2. In the Selected Control Bar Commands list, select the name of the button that you want to change the button properties for.
  3. Press the Properties button. Refer to the image below.
  4. The Control Bar Button Properties window will display.
  5. Enter the text you want to use on the face of the button in the Button Caption text box. Setting this will clear the image file you have selected.
  6. Enter the text you want to display when you hover your Pointer over the button in the Button Description text box.
  7. Press the Color button to change the background color of the button.
  8. Press the Set Image button to set an image file to use on the face of the button. It is necessary to first clear the Button Caption to be able to set an image.
  9. Press the Reset button to use the defaults for the button.
  10. Press OK to save the changes.

Control Bar Buttons Too Large

If the Control Bar buttons are too large as shown in the image below, then follow the steps given below.

  1. Select Global Settings >> Graphics Settings.
  2. Select the Fonts tab.
  3. Select Control Bar Text in the list.
  4. Press the Select button.
  5. Decrease the Font Size.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Press OK.

Changing Size of Floating Control Bar Title Bar

The size of the title bar of a Control Bar can be changed. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Go to the Personalization settings.
  3. Change the size and font of the Palette Titles.

Window >> Control Bars >> Control Bar [1-8]

In Sierra Chart, Control Bars are also known as Control Bars which is the newer name for them.

The Window >> Control Bars >> Control Bar [1-8] commands switch the Control Bars at the top (default location) of the Sierra Chart main window, a detached Chart or Spreadsheet window, on and off.

When there is a checkmark by a Window >> Control Bars >> Control Bar [1-8] command, the corresponding Control Bar will be visible.

The Control Bars >> Control Bar [1-8] command on the Window menu of the main Sierra Chart window, controls the visibility of the Control Bar on the main Sierra Chart window.

The Control Bars >> Control Bar [1-8] command on the Window menu of a detached Chart or Spreadsheet window controls the visibility of the Control Bar on that particular detached window.

A Control Bar contains buttons for the commands you find on the menus. You can customize the Control Bars. You can also add Control Bar buttons to change to specific time frames per bar in the active chart and perform various other custom functions.

To Add, Remove or reorder buttons on a Control Bar, select Global Settings >> Customize Control Bars >>Control Bar 1-8. Refer to Customize Control Bars for additional information.

Moving and Detaching the Control Bar

By default the Control Bar is docked to the top of the main Sierra Chart window or to a detached Chart or Spreadsheet window.

The Control Bar can be attached to any side of the main window or a detached Chart or Spreadsheet window. Right-click with your Pointer on the Control Bar and select one of the Attach* commands to attach it to the Top, Left, Right, or Bottom of the window. Refer to the image below.

To detach the Control Bar, right-click on the Control Bar and select Float. Once it is detached and floating, you can click on the title bar of the Control Bar and drag it anywhere that you require.

Unable to Make Control Bar Visible

If the Control Bar does not appear when the Window >> Control Bars >> Control Bar 1-8 command is checked for it and if you are using multiple monitors, then make certain you do not see the Control Bar on any other monitor. If you do, then drag it to where you want to use it if it is a floating Control Bar.

The Control Bar can also be attached to any side of the main Sierra Chart window or to a detached Chart or Spreadsheet window. If you still do not see the Control Bar, then select Window >> Reset Windows to reset it to its default state.

After that make sure the corresponding Window >> Control Bars >> Control Bar 1-8 menu command for it is checked.


*Last modified Thursday, 01st September, 2016.