Login Page - Create Account

Settings Windows Interface


Introduction

This page documents the interface for and using the Settings Type windows within Sierra Chart.

The colors of these types of windows is fully configurable through Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Colors and Widths. The color settings begin with "Settings window:".

To change the Font and Font Size, select Global Settings >> Graphics Settings >> Fonts. Change the Settings Windows font.

Working with Sierra Chart Windows

Sierra Chart has implemented a new methodology for Dialog Windows in order to improve the user experience, and allow the software to be more independent from specific vendors and/or Operating Systems.

These new Windows are Modeless, which means that they can be displayed at any time and with any other window(s), and they will not interfere with the user interaction of any other window currently open in Sierra Chart, including the main Sierra Chart window.

Common Features (Working with Sierra Chart Windows)

  • View >> Show Original Values: When this option is selected, a new column is displayed to the right of the Value column and will display the original value of the setting when it gets changed from its original value. This allows you to see the original value when making changes.
  • OK: Selecting this button will accept the changes that have been made on the window and close the window.
  • Cancel: Selecting this button will revert any changes that have been made on the window back to the last saved state and will close the window.
  • Revert All: Selecting this button will revert any changes that have been made on the window back to the last saved state. This is the same action as Cancel, except that the window does not close when this button is selected.
  • Apply All: Selecting this button will accept any changes that have been made on the window. This is the same action as OK, except that the window does not close when this button is selected.
  • A and C Buttons: Items that require an entry (values, item selections, etc.) two buttons are displayed on the right of the entry named A and C. The following describes their functions:
    • A: The A button accepts the entered value. This is the same as using the Enter key on the keyboard. Note that this is not the same as Apply. It only accepts the entered value and sets the field into a non-edit mode. Selecting Cancel to exit the page would revert the change back to the original value.
    • C: The C button cancels the change that has been made in the field and returns the value to the last selected/entered value. If the last value was previously entered with the A button (or Enter), then the C button will return to that entry. Note that this is not the same as Cancel for the entire window. The Cancel button will remove all changes made to this window and revert to the last Saved/Applied settings.
  • Minimize/Maximize/Close: The three buttons in the upper right corner of the window () from left to right are for the following actions:
    • Minimize: When this button is pressed, the window will minimize to a small amount of the title bar and these control buttons.
      When a Sierra Chart window is minimized it will not be shown in the task bar, as it is still managed by the main Sierra Chart window. Therefore, this minimized window will be present on the system desktop. It can be moved and placed anywhere on the desktop that is most convenient.

      The minimized window will always be associated with the Sierra Chart window which opened it, therefore when that window is minimized and then restored, the New Sierra Chart window will also be restored to its open state.
    • Maximize: When this button is pressed, the window will maximize to cover the entire screen.
    • Close: When this button is pressed, the window will be closed and any modifications which had not been previously saved by selecting Apply All will revert to their previous setting.

Selection Specific Options (Working with Sierra Chart Windows)

Pages (Working with Sierra Chart Windows >> Selection Specific Options)

Each window could have multiple pages that it can display. Each page is listed at the top of the window within square brackets []. In the image above the pages available are: [General] and [Chart Values]. Left clicking on the page name will change to that particular page.

The active page is marked with an asterisk (*) to the left of the page name. For the image above, the active page is [*General].

Item List (Working with Sierra Chart Windows >> Selection Specific Options)

An Item List (also known as a drop-down list) allows you to bring up a list of pre-defined items that you can then make a selection from. To use one of these item lists, follow these instructions:

  • Left-Click on the specific line in the window for which you want to make the change. This will highlight the line.
  • Left-Click on the item to be changed. It is necessary to click on the actual item to be changed, not the name of the item (which is on the left side). It is possible that there is nothing displayed for this item, still click in the same area where the item would be displayed to bring up the list. This opens the list menu.
  • Left-Click on the displayed item or on the arrow on the right. This will open the list of items that are available for selection.
  • Move the pointer up or down to select a specific item. Once on the item, either left-click or release the left-click button, depending on how the selection above was made. This will select the specific item and close the list.
  • Select the A button to the right of the selection or use the Enter key on the keyboard. Either of these will accept the selected entry and close the item list. If the wrong item is selected, then pressing the C button will cancel the last selection and change to the last selected entry.

Value Field (Working with Sierra Chart Windows >> Selection Specific Options)

A Value Field allows you to enter a value or text. To enter or change a Value Field, follow these instructions:

  • Left-Click on the specific line in the window for which you want to make the change. This will highlight the line.
  • Left-Click on the item to be changed. It is necessary to click on the actual item to be changed, not the name of the item (which is on the left side). This will allow the field to be edited.
  • By default, the existing value will be highlighted allowing entry of the new value without having to swipe or delete any pre-existing information. Enter the new value as needed.
  • Select the A button to the right of the selection or use the Enter key on the keyboard. Either of these will accept the selected entry and close the Value Field. If an incorrect entry is made, then pressing the C button will cancel the entry and change to the last entered value.

Toggle Field (Working with Sierra Chart Windows >> Selection Specific Options)

A Toggle Field switches between two different states, typically Yes and No. Clicking on the the current value will switch to the other value.

To change the value in a Toggle Field follow these instructions:

  • Left-Click on the specific line in the window for which you want to make the change. This will highlight the line:
  • Left-Click on the item to be changed. It is necessary to click on the actual item to be changed, not the name of the item (which is on the left side). This will change the status of the item to its other value.

Button (Working with Sierra Chart Windows >> Selection Specific Options)

Selecting a Button will bring up a new window or perform an action such as Loading or Saving a selection. To use a Button follow these instructions:

  • Left-Click on the specific line in the window for which you will be selecting the button. This will highlight the line.
  • Left-Click on the button. It is necessary to click on the button itself which is on the right, not the name of the button, or the reference to the button (which is on the left side). Selecting the button will perform the action defined by the button. In this example, a new Data/Trade Service Configuration has been created and selecting the Save button will save this configuration.
    In the example above, selecting the Save button removed the asterisk (*) that was next to DTS Config, since that change has now been saved.

*Last modified Sunday, 09th May, 2021.