StockChartsACP charts are fully customizable, from the basics like chart type, period, and range, to adding complex combinations of overlays and indicators. Read on to learn how to configure your StockChartsACP charts to fit your trading style and technical analysis needs.
Chart settings can be changed from the Basic Chart Settings menu at the top of the screen and the Chart Design menu at the left side of the screen.
Chart setting changes take effect immediately, so you can instantly see the effect of any adjustments you make.
Note: If you're working on a chart that has been saved to a ChartList, the changes you make will not be automatically saved to the chart in your ChartList. Be sure to click the Save button above the chart to save those changes once you're finished editing.
If you're using a multi-chart layout, be sure to click on the chart you want to edit before changing any settings. The currently-selected chart will have a green border around the edge of the chart.
Learn More: StockChartsACP Layouts
From the Basic Chart Settings menu at the top of the screen, you can change the chart's type, period, and range.
The period and range are tied together. If you choose a different period for your chart, then a “suitable” range will be chosen for the chart that is displayed, and vice versa. Once you've chosen the period you want, you can zoom in or out to adjust the range to meet your needs.
Note: Just like with SharpCharts, free users have access to fewer range and period options than StockCharts members have.
Clicking the Chart Settings icon in the Chart Design menu on the left gives you access to a wealth of other chart settings. In the panel that slides out, click on the symbol name or gear icon at the top of the panel to change the chart scale, legend, price and event labels, and more. For quick access to these settings, you can also click on the symbol name in the legend of the chart itself.
The following settings can be changed on the Chart Attributes panel:
Changes made on the Chart Attributes panel take effect immediately. No need to save the settings and refresh the chart to see the effect of your changes.
As a StockCharts member, you can add up to 25 indicators and 25 overlays to each StockChartsACP chart.
Technical Indicators can be added to your chart on indicator panels above or below the main price plot area of the chart. Some examples of commonly used technical indicators include MACD, RSI, and Stochastics.
Technical Overlays are calculated using the same vertical scale as the price bars, so they are typically displayed on top of the main symbol's price bars. Examples of overlays include moving average lines, Bollinger Bands, and Pivot Point lines.
Note: Just like with SharpCharts, free users are limited to a maximum of 3 indicators and 3 overlays per chart.
Clicking the Chart Settings icon in the Chart Design menu on the left opens a panel that shows the indicators and overlays currently in use on your chart. Indicators listed at the top are displayed above the main price plot, and indicators listed at the bottom are displayed below the price plot. Overlays that appear on the main price plot are listed between the two dividers.
In the example below, we can see that this is a chart of GM, with an RSI panel displayed above the main price plot, two moving averages and volume overlaid on the main price plot, and a MACD indicator displayed below the main price plot.
A searchable list of available indicators and overlays appears below the Chart Outline. To add a new indicator or overlay to your chart, simply find it on the searchable list, and click to add it.
By default, indicators are added below the main price plot area and overlays are overlaid on the main price plot area. Both indicators and overlays can be repositioned after they are added to the chart.
When the indicator or overlay is added, a panel will open where you can change its settings.
In addition to the many built-in indicators and overlays available for StockChartsACP, you can add even more indicators and overlays through the use of plug-ins. There are many free and paid plug-ins available for StockChartsACP, which install additional indicators and overlays to your StockCharts account for use on your StockChartsACP charts.
Once installed, these add-on indicators will be available at the bottom of the indicator selection list in the Chart Settings panel.
Learn More: StockChartsACP Plug-Ins
Available settings vary from one indicator/overlay to the next, but typically you will be able to specify the color of the various indicator components, as well as settings like the number of periods that will affect the sensitivity of the indicator.
There are a number of ways to access the settings for an indicator:
The panel that opens allows you to change all the settings for the indicator. Changes to the settings take effect immediately. For example, you can use the slider bar to change the number of periods in an RSI and watch the chart adjust as the slider moves.
To revert to the default settings for the indicator, click the blue Reset button at the bottom of the panel.
To delete the indicator from your chart, click the red trash can icon at the bottom of the panel.
Click the “X” icon at the top right of the panel or they grey Close button at the bottom to close the panel.
Note: For some indicators, there will also be an orange Info button next to the Reset and Delete buttons at the bottom of the panel. Clicking this Info button will take you to a ChartSchool page where you can learn more about that indicator.
The color picker allows you to set both the color and opacity of various components of the indicator. Click on the paint icon next to the component you want to change. This will launch the color picker:
The large circle on the left shows the currently-selected color. The color code for the current color is shown in the box below the large circle.
There are three different ways to change the color of a chart component:
To change the opacity of the component, use the second slider bar. Sliding to the left makes the component more transparent and sliding to the right makes it more opaque.
Once you've set the color and opacity, click on the panel outside of the color picker to close it.
Indicator panels can be moved above or below the chart, or even added to the main price plot or another indicator panel as an overlay.
To move an indicator/overlay, click and drag on the indicator/overlay name in the legend. As you drag, the indicator will separate from the chart.
As you drag the panel around the chart, a bright yellow line will show you where the indicator will be positioned when you let go of the mouse. If the yellow line is a horizontal line above the price plot, the panel will be positioned above the price plot. If it's a horizontal line below the lower indicator panel, then the panel you're moving will be positioned below the lower indicator panel.
If the yellow line forms a box around one of the panels (either the main price plot or one of the indicator panels), then the indicator/overlay you're moving will be added to that panel as an overlay.
Indicators and overlays can be repositioned from the Chart Outline in much the same way. Simply click the “equals sign” icon next to the indicator name in the outline and drag the indicator to the desired position in the outline. The yellow line will show where the indicator/overlay you're moving will be placed. If an entire panel is highlighted yellow, then the indicator/overlay will be added to that panel as an overlay.
In addition to moving panels, you can also change the order that overlays are listed in the legend. To do this, mouse over the overlay in the Chart Outline, and then click the up/down arrows next to an overlay to move it.
To change the height of an indicator panel, place your mouse between the panel and the one above or below it. When your cursor changes to an up/down arrow, click and drag up or down to change the height of the panels.
Indicators and Overlays can be removed from the chart in two ways.
On the settings panel for the indicator, click the red trash can icon.
In the Chart Outline on the main Chart Settings panel, mouse over the indicator/overlay you want to delete and click the trash can icon.
Be aware that both of these methods will delete the indicator/overlay immediately; it will not ask you to confirm that you want to delete it. Use this feature with caution.
Overlays are typically calculated from price data and displayed on top of the main symbol's price bars. Overlays (and some indicators) can also be calculated from the data of another indicator and displayed on top of that indicator panel.
To add an overlay of an indicator, open the indicator settings panel. In the Add Overlays section of the panel, choose the desired overlay to add. In the example below, we have chosen to add Bollinger Bands to our RSI indicator panel.
Click the gears icon next to the overlay to modify the default settings for the overlay.
Once the overlay has been added, it appears in the Chart Outline in the same section as the indicator it overlays. In the example below, our Bollinger Bands overlay now appears in the RSI section of the Chart Outline, and we can see that a Bollinger Bands overlay has been added to the RSI.
The process above is the quickest and easiest for adding overlays to indicators, but in some situations, you may want or need to add the overlay manually using the following two-step process.
First, add the overlay and reposition it on the indicator panel, so it will be displayed on top of the indicator panel values.
Second, edit the overlay by clicking on its name in the legend. You will see a Calculated From field in the settings for the overlay. By default, this is set to Close, but you can change this setting to calculate using the values of the underlying indicator panel:
StockCharts offers a variety of stylish color schemes for your StockChartsACP charts. The collection includes dark, light, and specialty color schemes.
To change the color scheme of your chart, click the Paint Can icon on the Chart Design menu at the left side of the screen. This will expand the list of available color schemes. Click the circle next to your desired scheme to update the currently-selected chart with that color scheme.
To revert to the default StockChartsACP color scheme, choose the Murphy color scheme in the Light Schemes section.
If you are using a multi-chart layout, you can check the “Apply to All” checkbox at the top of the Color Schemes panel. When this is checked, all charts in the layout will be updated at once when you choose a new color scheme.
While the extensive chart settings of StockChartsACP give you a lot of control over your charts' appearance and functionality, configuring all those settings can take a long time.
If you find yourself configuring the same chart settings over and over again, ChartStyles can dramatically speed up your chart creation process. Save all those settings in a ChartStyle, then apply the style to new charts with the click of a button.
Learn More: StockChartsACP ChartStyles