Study Collections


Introduction

A Study Collection is a saved collection of one or more studies and their settings, that can be added to a chart with one step from the Analysis menu.

The Study Collection feature allows you to quickly switch between different study configurations, and also remove all of the studies quickly from the chart by selecting the provided Analysis >> Clean Chart Study Collection.

Create a Study Collection

Follow the below instructions create a Study Collection.

  1. Open the Chart Studies window by selecting Analysis >> Studies on the menu.
  2. Type the name that you want to use for the Study Collection in the Save Studies As Study Collection >> Name edit box in the Chart Studies window. Or, select an existing name from that list.
  3. Enable the Prompt to Remove Existing Studies option if you want to be prompted to remove the existing studies on the chart when applying the Study Collection to the chart rather than the existing studies on the chart being automatically removed. For more information, refer to Adding a Study Collection Without Clearing Existing Studies On The Chart (Prompt to Remove Existing Studies).
  4. Press the Save All button to save all the studies using the name entered or selected.
  5. Or press the Save Single button to save the study selected in the Studies to Graph list, using the name entered or selected.
  6. Sierra Chart will ask you to confirm the name you want to save studies as. Press Yes to confirm.
  7. Press the OK button in the Chart Studies window.
  8. You can modify the studies or the settings in a Study Collection at any time and then just save it again using the same name. There is no limit to the number of Study Collections you can save. However, there is a limit to the number of Study Collections which will be listed on the Analysis menu.

Applying a Study Collection to a Chart

Select the name you saved it as from the list on the Analysis menu. This menu is on the Sierra Chart main window.

Automatically Applying a Study Collection to New Charts

To automatically apply one of your saved Study Collections to newly opened charts: go to Global Settings >> General Settings on the menu. Make sure the Use Default Study Collection check box is checked and select your saved Study Collection from the list. Press OK.

Adding a Study Collection Without Clearing Existing Studies On The Chart (Prompt to Remove Existing Studies)

If you want apply a Study Collection to the chart and not clear the existing studies from the chart, then check the Save Studies As Study Collection >> Prompt to Remove Existing Studies checkbox before saving the Study Collection with Save All or Save Single.

For instructions to create a Study Collection, refer to Create a Study Collection.

When enabling this option, a hyphen is appended to the Study Collection name. When applying a Study Collection that was saved with this option, then Sierra Chart will ask whether or not to clear existing studies from the chart.

It is not recommended to use this option when the Study Collection contains a Spreadsheet study that uses formulas that reference other studies on the Spreadsheet. The reason for this is that when you apply a Study Collection containing a Spreadsheet to a chart and there are other studies already on the chart, this will affect the order of the studies outputted to the Spreadsheet. Therefore, the formula results may no longer be correct.

Delete a Study Collection

Follow the instructions below to delete a Study Collection file that is already existing. This will remove it from the Analysis menu.

  1. Select Analysis >> Studies on the menu.
  2. Select the existing Study Collection name from the Save Studies as Study Collection >>Name list box.
  3. Press the Delete button to delete the Study Collection.

Quickly Clearing All Studies from a Chart

To quickly and easily clear all studies from a chart select Analysis >> Clean Chart on the menu. If you want to reapply the studies you previously had on the chart, you will first need to save those studies as a Study Collection and then you can select the Study Collection name from the Analysis menu.

Study Collection Files

Study collections are stored in files with the file extension stdycllct. They are stored in the Data Files folder which is set in the Global Settings >> General Settings window. If you move that folder, then be sure to set its location in the General Settings window so the files can be found by Sierra Chart.

If you want to share a Study Collection file or copy it to another computer, then simply copy the Study Collection file that has the extension stdycllct, to the Data Files Folder of the other copy of Sierra Chart where it will be used.

Modify a Study Collection

These steps explain modifying an existing Study Collection.

  1. Apply the Study Collection to the chart by selecting the Study Collection name directly from the Analysis menu. Refer to the image below.
  2. After the Study Collection has been applied to the chart, select Analysis >> Studies on the menu.
  3. Add, Remove, or modify the studies as you require. For instructions, refer to Adding/Modifying Chart Studies.
  4. In the Save Studies As Study Collection frame, make sure the Name is set to the name of the Study Collection that you want to update. If it is not, select the name from the list of Study Collection names.
  5. Enable the Prompt to Remove Existing Studies if you want to receive a prompt to remove existing studies on the chart when you apply the Study Collection to the chart, rather than having them automatically removed.
  6. Press the Save All button.

Sharing a Study Collection File

Follow the below instructions to share or copy a study collection file to another user or to another installation of Sierra Chart.

  1. Determine the Sierra Chart Data Files Folder by selecting Global Settings >> General Settings. Make a note of the Data Files Folder.
  2. Navigate to the Data Files Folder through the operating system file manager window.
  3. Locate that particular study collection file that you want to share. The name of it will be the same name that you see on the Analysis menu. The file extension will be stdycollct.
  4. Make a copy of the file.
  5. Determine the Sierra Chart Data Files Folder in the destination copy of Sierra Chart where you want to copy the Study Collection file to, by selecting Global Settings >> General Settings. Make a note of the Data Files Folder.
  6. Save the study collection file into the Data Files Folder in the destination copy of Sierra Chart.
  7. Once the file is saved in the destination copy of Sierra Chart, it can be selected from the Analysis menu when a chart is active.

Combining Study Collection Files

Follow the below procedure to combine 2 study collection files into one.

  1. Make sure both of the study collections are saved using the Prompt To Remove Studies option. For instructions for this, refer to the Adding a Study Collection Without Clearing Existing Studies On The Chart (Prompt to Remove Existing Studies) section on this page.
  2. Apply one of the Study Collections to the chart from the Analysis menu. For instructions, refer to Applying a Study Collection to a Chart. When prompted whether to remove the existing studies on the chart, press Yes.
  3. Apply the other Study Collection to the chart from the Analysis menu. For instructions, refer to Applying a Study Collection to a Chart. When prompted whether to remove the existing studies on the chart, press No.
  4. Now all of the studies from both Study Collections are on the chart. At this point you need to save all of the studies as a new Study Collection. For instructions, refer to Create a Study Collection.

*Last modified Friday, 12th August, 2016.