StockChartsACP includes several tools for annotating charts. These tools allow you to draw trendlines and other traditional line studies, highlight areas of the chart, and add text notes.
These annotations can be saved to your chart for later study. Once an annotated chart has been saved, its annotations will automatically be repositioned as new data is added to the right side of the chart.
Charts can be annotated directly from the StockChartsACP platform. First, create the chart you want to annotate. We recommend ensuring your chart's settings are correct before you start annotating it. Then click the Annotate (pencil and ruler) icon in the Chart Design menu to begin annotating.
The annotations panel that opens on the left has a complete menu of annotation tools, grouped into categories: Line Tools, Text Tools, Shape Tools, and Line Study Tools. The buttons above the menu allow you to change the properties of the currently selected annotation. More details about using the annotation panel and specific annotation tools are provided below.
When you are done annotating, simply close the Annotations panel by clicking on the “pencil and ruler” icon again.
To add an annotation to your chart, select an annotation tool from the menu in the Annotation Panel. The Trendline is selected by default.
Once the tool is selected, you can click and drag on your chart to add the new annotation to your chart.
Note: While most annotations are added by clicking and dragging, there are a few that use a different method. Those exceptions are described in the instructions for each specific annotation tool.
Annotations are positioned relative to the price bars. For example, when you add a trendline to a daily chart, it may extend from February 5th to April 19th. As new price bars are added to the right side of the chart, the price bars for February 5th to April 19th will shift to the left to make room for the new price bars on the right. The annotation will stay with the price bars it was originally attached to.
Note: For some annotations, if part of the annotation moves off screen, the entire annotation will not be visible. In this situation, you can resize the chart and/or reposition the annotation to make it visible again.
After an annotation is placed on the chart, it can be selected using the “Select” tool. Click the arrow icon at the Annotations panel to use the Select tool. When it is in use, the icon will have a white background. Then click on an annotation with your mouse to select it and edit its properties.
When an annotation is selected, small circles called “handles” will appear on the outside edges of the annotation. You can click and drag on these handles to change the size and orientation of the annotation.
Once an annotation is selected, you can use the buttons at the top of the Annotation Panel to change the properties for that specific annotation.
In the example above, we've selected a trendline annotation, so three buttons are available at the top of the panel. They allow you to change the line color and opacity; modify the line width and style; and add an arrowhead to the line.
Note: When you are working with another annotation tool, you can temporarily switch to the Select Tool by holding down the Shift key on your keyboard. While holding down the Shift key, you can select annotations and move them around. Once you release the Shift key, you will be switched back to the annotation tool you were previously using.
You can duplicate a selected annotation by pressing CTRL+D (CMD+D on a Mac). Alternatively, you can press and hold the CTRL/CMD key, then click on the annotation and drag your mouse. The new annotation will appear slightly away from the original annotation and will be automatically selected so that you can immediately move or resize it with your mouse.
Once an annotation is selected, it can be deleted by pressing the “Backspace” (or “Delete”) key on your keyboard.
If you want to remove all annotations from a chart, click the “Trashcan” icon at the bottom of the Annotations panel. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to delete all annotations.
The “Undo” icon (reverse arrow next to the trashcan icon) allows you to undo your most recent change to the annotations on the chart. You can undo several changes by clicking the “Undo” button multiple times. Pressing CTRL+Z (CMD+Z on a Mac) also undoes the most recent annotation change. Please note that there is no “Redo” capability - once the change is “undone,” it is gone forever.
Once an annotation is selected, you can click and drag the handles (the small circles at the edges of the annotation) to resize the annotation. To reposition the annotation, click on the center of the annotation (away from the handles) and drag.
You can also click on the various properties buttons at the top of the Annotations panel to modify the annotations attributes. The options that you can change vary depending on the annotation selected. They include:
When you save a chart to a ChartList in StockChartsACP, any annotations are saved along with the chart.
The green Save Annotations button at the bottom of the Annotations panel allows you to save new changes to annotations as you work on the chart. The process is identical to saving a chart without annotations.
If the chart has not been saved to a ChartList before, you will be prompted to select a ChartList and provide a name for the chart you are saving.
If you attempt to leave a chart that has unsaved annotations on it, you will be given the opportunity to save the chart before moving on to the new one.
Non-members cannot save annotated charts to their account (since they do not have an account, but they can use a screenshot tool to create a static snapshot of their annotated chart.
The annotation tools in StockChartsACP are grouped into the following categories: Line Tools, Text Tools, Shape Tools, and Line Studies. Click on the appropriate link to learn more about using each group of tools.
Line tools are tools that create lines on your chart and/or allow you to measure on your chart. These include trendlines, vertical and horizontal lines, channels, parabolas, auto support/resistance lines, and measurement tools such as average and percent change. Learn more about using these tools in our Support Center article on StockChartsACP Line Tools.
Our text annotation tools allow you to add text to your chart. These includes text notes and callout boxes. Learn more about using these tools in our Support Center article on StockChartsACP Text Tools.
Our shape tools allow you to create filled or hollow shapes on your chart. These tools include rectangles, ellipses, triangles, arrows, checkmarks, and stars. Learn more about using these tools in our Support Center article on StockChartsACP Shape Tools.
We also offer additional line study annotation tools. These tools include Fibonacci-based line studies (retracements, arcs, fans, and time zones), cycle studies (cycle lines, cycle circles, and sine waves), and other popular line studies such as Harmonic Patterns (XABCD), Raff Regression Channels, Andrews' Pitchforks, Quadrant Lines, and Speed Resistance Lines. Learn more about these tools in our Support Center article on StockChartsACP Line Study Tools.