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Message Log


The Sierra Chart Message Log which is opened by selecting Window >> Message Log on the menu, lists non-trading messages related to and from the Data and Trading service you are using, and messages from Sierra Chart.

When a message is added to a Message Log window, the window will not get the focus. This is so you will not be interrupted with your work in another program or Sierra Chart. However, it may partially cover the window you are working in. Just press the Close button on the Message Log window to close it if it is in your way. Or move it by dragging the title bar of the window.

If the Message Log often opens automatically, then this could be because it is reporting an error message of significance. You need to look at the error message and do what is necessary to prevent this error message from occurring. You may need to contact Sierra Chart Support for interpretation of some of the Message Log messages.

Messages added to the Message Log that have an asterisk (*) at the end of them are cause the Message Log to open automatically if it is not already open. There is no way to prevent this. These are messages which require your attention. If the Message Log is open already when new message is added, whether it has an asterisk or not, it will not cause the Message Log to get the focus or be activated.

The usual reason you will see the Message Log open automatically is upon an error connecting to a Data or Trading service.


Close Log

Closes the Message Log window.

Copy Selection

Copies the selected Message Log lines to the system clipboard.

Clear Log

This button will clear the contents of the Message Log permanently.

Copy Log

This command copies the entire Message Log contents to the system clipboard. This is useful for providing a copy of the log to Sierra Chart support if there is a problem.

Send For Analysis

This command will send the entire Message Log to the Sierra Chart server for analysis by support, if support requested this. Otherwise, the log will not be reviewed.

Font Type and Size

To change the Font Type and Size of the text in the Message Log:

  1. Select Global Settings >> Graphics Settings - Global from the menu.
  2. Go to the Fonts tabs.
  3. Select the Text Windows Font.
  4. Click Select to open the font's settings.
  5. Change the Font, Size and other properties as needed.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Press OK.

Color Settings

The foreground (text) color and the background color for the Message Log can be changed.

  1. Select Global Settings >> Graphics Settings.
  2. On the Colors and Widths tab, the following two colors can be changed:
    • General Text Window Background Color
    • General Text Window Foreground Color
  3. The change the colors press the Color button.
  4. Press OK. The changes will immediately go into effect.
  5. For further information, refer to Graphics Settings.

Clearing the Message Log

Due to the large amount of lines of information the Message Log it may be helpful to clear the Message Log before performing some analysis in order to remove unnecessary information. Sierra Chart support may ask you to do this before providing the Message Log after a particular action.

Follow the below procedure to clear the Message Log.

  1. If the Message Log window is not already visible, select Window >> Message Log.
  2. If the Message Log window does not appear after selecting the Window >> Message Log command, then select Window >> Reset Windows. After this select Window >> Message Log again.
  3. Select the Edit >> Clear Log command or press the Clear Log button (if available) on the Message Log to clear the Message Log. Press Yes when prompted.

Automatically Saving Message Log to File

The Window >> Message Log can automatically be saved to a file as lines are added to that log.

To enable this, select Global Settings >> General Settings >> General 2. Enable the Save Message Log to File option.

If you have enable this option, it becomes effective at that time. Existing messages will not be saved to a file. Only new ones added.

*Last modified Wednesday, 06th March, 2019.