Graphics Settings


Introduction

Graphics Settings Colors and Chart Font Graphics Settings Other

There are two versions of the Graphics Settings window.

The first version is opened by selecting Chart >> Graphics Settings on the menu.

This is the chart specific Graphics Settings window and lets you individually set the Colors and Widths for various chart objects for the active chart. And you can set the Chart Text Font for the chart as well.

When you use this specific Graphics Settings window, you need to uncheck the Use Global Graphics Settings Instead of These Settings option on this window, to let you choose to use the settings specified on this window, rather than the Global Graphics Settings specified in Global Settings >> Graphics Settings.

Chart Menu

The second version is opened by selecting Global Settings >> Graphics Settings on the menu.

With this Graphics Settings window you are able to set all of the various global graphics and appearance settings. These settings are global and they apply to the entire Sierra Chart program and all charts that are not set to use the chart specific settings under Chart >> Graphics Settings.

You cannot control the colors and appearance of studies though through this window. Only the main price graph colors and widths, and other global graphics settings.

Global Settings Menu

With either Graphics Settings window, press OK to accept the settings, Apply to apply the settings without closing the window or Cancel to close the window without saving.

Changing the Colors and Appearance of Chart Studies

The colors and appearance of studies is independent from the settings in the Graphics Settings window and is controlled through the Study Settings window for each individual study. For instructions to change the Study Settings for study, refer to the Chart Studies page.

Graphics Settings Controls

Use Global Graphics Settings Instead of These Settings

Select Chart >> Graphics Settings and disable Use Global Graphics Settings Instead of These Settings to use graphics settings that are specific to the active chart.

Customize the colors, widths and Chart Text Font as you require. Press OK when done. These settings affect the active chart. To save the chart to the active Chartbook, select File >> Save on the menu.

Each new chart you open, inherits the Global Graphics Settings specified under Global Settings >> Graphics Settings by default.

Colors and Widths

Select an object in the Colors and Widths list box in the upper left corner of the Graphics Settings window to change its color and/or width. Press the colored button below the list box to display the Color selector window. Select the color from the Color selector window and press OK to save your chosen color. In the Width box set the width for the selected Chart Object.

Bar High-Low Down

The Bar High-Low Down item in the Colors and Widths list box represents the High to Low portion of a chart bar when the bar is considered a Down bar.

This color setting also applies to Candlestick bars as well. In the case of Candlestick bars, when you have the option Other >> Color Candlestick High-Low Using the Outline Colors enabled, then this color setting will be ignored and the Candlestick Up/Down Outline colors will be used for the High-Low portion (wick) of the bar instead. Therefore, if you want to color the wick portion of a Candlestick bar differently than the body color and its outline, disable Other >> Color Candlestick High-Low Using the Outline Colors.

Bar High-Low Up

The Bar High-Low Up item in Colors and Widths list box represents the High to Low portion of a chart bar when the bar is considered an Up bar.

This color setting also applies to Candlestick bars as well. In the case of Candlestick bars, when you have the option Other >> Color Candlestick High-Low Using the Outline Colors enabled, then this color setting will be ignored and the Candlestick Up/Down Outline colors will be used for the High-Low portion (wick) of the bar instead. Therefore, if you want to color the wick portion of a Candlestick bar differently than the body color and its outline, disable Other >> Color Candlestick High-Low Using the Outline Colors.

Other >> Candlestick Width % (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

This sets the width of a candlestick's body as a percentage. Where 100% would mean the ccandlestick body would extend to the adjacent candlestick body on either side.

The Chart >> Increase Bar Width and Chart >> Decrease Bar Width menu commands also alter the chart bar width relative to this percentage setting. To go back to the default width which corresponds to this percentage setting, repeatedly use Chart >> Decrease Bar Width until you go down to the minimum width which will equal the specified percentage.

Other >> OHLC Width % (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

This sets the width of an OHLC bar as a percentage. Where 100% would mean the Open and Close dashes would extend to the adjacent bar Open and Close dashes on either side.

The Chart >> Increase Bar Width and Chart >> Decrease Bar Width menu commands also alter the chart bar width relative to this percentage setting. To go back to the default width which corresponds to this percentage setting, repeatedly use Chart >> Decrease Bar Width until you go down to the minimum width which will equal the specified percentage.

Other >> Price Volume Width % (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

This sets the overall width of a Price Volume bar body as a percentage. Where 100% would mean the Price Volume Bar body would occupy 100% of the width allocated for a chart bar which is based upon the current chart bar spacing.

Other >> Arrow Draw Style Max Width (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

Sets the maximum width of the Arrow Up, Arrow Down, Arrow Left, and Arrow Right Draw Styles in the Subgraphs tab of Study Settings Window.

Other >> Transparency Level for Fill Styles (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

This setting displays and sets the the transparency level for the transparent study Draw Styles. This includes Transparent Fill Top and Transparent Fill Bottom Draw Styles. 0% represents no transparency and would be 100% opaque, in other words completely filled in. 100% represents complete transparency and the filled area would not appear. Values between 0% to 100% represent varying levels of transparency.

Other >> Default Chart Bar Spacing (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

This setting sets the default chart bar spacing in pixels. This applies to new charts that are opened and also applies to a chart when Chart >> Reset Bar Size/Spacing/Scale is selected.

Other >> Default Right Side Fill Space (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

This setting sets the default right side fill space. Refer to Right Side Fill Space for more information about this feature.

When the fill space is not locked and you press the End key on the keyboard, then the fill space will be set to the number of bars according to this setting.

Other >> Color Entire OHLC Bar the High/Low Color (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

When this option is enabled, the Open and Close dashes of an OHLC (Open High Low Close) bar will be colored the same as the High to Low portion of the bar.

The colors of the High to Low portion of the bar are set with the Bar High-Low Up/Down color settings.

Other >> Color Candlestick High-Low Using the Outline Colors (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

This setting determines the rule for coloring the High to Low portion of a Candlestick bar. If it is disabled, the Bar High-Low Up color, set through the Colors and Widths list, is used when the Close of the candlestick is greater than or equal to the Open of the candlestick.

The Bar High-Low Down color is used when the Close of the candlestick is less than the Open. If it is enabled, then High to Low portion of the bar, the wick, uses the Candlestick outline color instead.

Other >> Draw Bid and Ask Lines at Last Bar When Enabled (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

When this option is enabled and Chart >> Show Bid and Ask Lines is enabled, then the bid and ask lines are drawn on the last in the chart, instead of at the edge of the price scale on the right side of the chart. This option only applies when Chart >> Show Bid and Ask Lines is enabled.

Other >> Up/Down Coloring for OHLC Bars Based on Previous and Current Close (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

When this option is enabled, and the Graph Draw Type in the chart is set to OHLC Bars (OHLC stands for Open, High, Low, Close), then the High to Low portion of a chart bar will be colored the Bar High-Low Up Color if the close of the bar is greater than or equal to the close of the previous bar.

The High to Low portion of a bar will be colored the Bar High-Low Down Color if the close of the bar is less than the close of the previous bar.

When this option is disabled, then the High to Low portion of OHLC Bars are colored based upon the comparison of the Open to Close within the same bar.

Other >> Underline Chart Header Field Names (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

When this option is enabled, then the field names on the chart header at the top of the chart are underlined to make them more clear.

Other >> Bold DOM Last Price (Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other)

When this option is enabled, then the last trade price the Trade DOM is bolded.

Fonts and Text

The Fonts for almost all of the text displayed within Sierra Chart can be customized.

Open the Chart >> Graphics Settings window or the Global Settings >> Graphics Settings window. For additional details, refer to the Introduction section.

Select the Fonts tab of the Graphics Settings window.

In the list of fonts, select the particular font you want to change the properties of and press the Select button. The Font window will display. Set the font, style, and size. Press OK to save the changes.

Below are descriptions of each of the available Font settings in the list of fonts that can be changed.

Chart Text - (current font name)

The Chart Text font setting changes the font properties for all charts if using the Global Settings >> Graphics Settings window.

The Chart Text font setting changes the font properties for the active chart if using Chart >> Graphics Settings window.

DOM Volumes - (current font name)

This changes the font properties for DOM Volumes.

Text Windows - (current font name)

This changes the font properties for the following windows:

  • Current Quote Window
  • Chart Values Window
  • Tool Values Window
  • Data Feed status on the Control Bar
  • Alerts Manager
  • Trade Service Log
  • Message Log
  • Trade Activity Log

Spreadsheets - (current font name)

This changes the font properties for Spreadsheets.

Chartbook and MDI Tabs Text - (current font name)

This changes the font properties for Chartbooks and MDI Tabs Text.

Control Bar Text - (current font name)

This changes the font properties for the button text and the Status Bar on the Control Bar.

Compact Tool Values Window - (current font name)

This changes the font properties for the Compact Tool Values Window. This setting is only in newer versions of Sierra Chart.

Bar Widths

There are several ways in which the width of chart bars is affected. These are explained below.

Changing the High-Low Draw Width

The width of the High-Low portion of a chart bar can be modified with the Colors and Draw Widths settings on the Graphics Settings window. You will want to modify the width of Bar High-Low Down and Bar High-Low Up in the list.

Increasing and Decreasing the Chart Bar Spacing

As you increase the chart bar spacing, the width of the bars will automatically become wider. As you decrease the chart bar spacing, the width of the bars will automatically become narrower. Refer to the Changing Bar Spacing and Zooming In section for instructions to change bar spacing.

Changing the Candlestick Width % or OHLC Width %

Increasing or decreasing the Candlestick Width % in the Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other tab will increase or decrease the width of candlesticks respectively.

Increasing or decreasing the OHLC Width % in the Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Other tab will increase or decrease the width of OHLC bars respectively.

Tasks

This section documents the procedures to perform various tasks related to Graphics Settings.

Independent Coloring and Widths for Candlesticks High-Low Bars (Wicks)

  1. Open the Graphics Settings window as explained in the Introduction section. Select the Other tab.
  2. Uncheck Color Candlestick High-Low Using the Outline Colors .
  3. Select the Colors and Chart Font tab.
  4. In the Colors and Widths list, set the color and width for Bar High-Low Down and Bar High-Low Up . These settings will now apply to candlesticks.
  5. Press OK to close Graphics Settings window.

Setting the Background Color and Text Color for Text Only Windows

Follow the instructions below to set in the Background Color and Text Color for the following windows:

  • Trade >> Trade Orders and Positions
  • Trade >> Trade Activity Log
  • Trade >> Trade Service Log
  • Window >> Message Log
  • Window >> Alerts Manager

Instructions:

  1. Open the Graphics Settings window as explained in the Introduction section. Select the Colors and Widths tab.
  2. In the list, select General Text Window Background Color.
  3. Press the Color button.
  4. Select the color that you want to use for the background and press OK.
  5. In the list, select General Text Window Foreground Color.
  6. Press the Color button.
  7. Select the color that you want to use for the text and press OK.
  8. Press OK.

Adjusting Graphics Settings and Fonts for High DPI Displays

When Sierra Chart is running on a computer system with a monitor that has a high dots per inch (DPI) like 4K monitors, text can appear to be small.

Another issue you may see is that Control Bar buttons that use graphics are narrow in width because the graphic for the Control Bar button is small relative to the high DPI setting.

Follow the instructions below to solve both of these.

  1. Follow the Fonts and Text instructions to open the Fonts tab of the Graphics Settings window.
  2. Increase the Size setting of each of the Fonts.
  3. When done increasing the font sizes, press OK to close the Graphics Settings window.
  4. Follow the instructions in the Control Bar Button Properties section to set either a text Button Caption for Control Bar buttons which have a small graphic or set your own custom graphic on the Control Bar button.
  5. We do recognize that the solution provided in the prior step is a workaround which may not be very ideal. But it still provides a definitive solution. We will see how best to solve this by either scaling the button images to be larger or providing higher resolution images.

*Last modified Thursday, 08th December, 2016.