The Page Header

The Page Header

Most of the pages on our website have an area at the top called The Page Header the can help you navigate to anywhere you need to go. The Page Header contains the following elements:

  • The StockCharts Logo
  • The Utility Links
  • The Main Tabs
  • The Create-a-Chart Bar

You can always return to the Stockcharts homepage by clicking on the StockCharts logo in the upper left corner of any of our pages.

In the upper right corner of our pages are a collection of links called the “Utility” links. This line of links looks different depending on if you are logged in or logged out.

If you are logged out, you will see the following links in the upper right corner of our pages:

  • Login - Members can click this link and enter their User ID and password to log in to your account.
  • Sign Up - Non-members can click this link to learn more about subscribing.
  • Site Map - Click here to see a complete map of our website.
  • Help - Click here to go to our on-line Support area.

If you are logged in, you will see a slightly different set of links:

  • Welcome [your name]
  • Log Out - Click here to log out of your account. Typically you would do this if you were using a shared computer such as the ones found at a public library.
  • Your Account - Click here to change/update your account settings.
  • Site Map - Click here to see a complete map of our website.
  • Help - Click here to go to our on-line Support area.

Remember, if you are currently logged in, you will see a “Welcome” message and the “Log Out” link at the top of our pages.

The Main Tabs

Below the StockCharts logo - but still in the dark blue part of the header - are seven main navigation tabs that you can use to move into each of the seven main areas of the website. There are:

  • Home - our Home page
  • Free Charts - links and descriptions for all of our charting tools
  • ChartSchool - our comprehensive educational articles about technical analysis
  • Blogs - current market commentary from our experts
  • Market Message - John Murphy and Arthur Hill's current market commentary
  • Support - Our on-line help and support resources
  • Members - Member-only tools, reports and commentary

One of the tabs is always highlighted in white to show you which of those seven main areas you are currently located in.

The Create-a-Chart Bar

Below the main tabs is a blue-gray bar with the words “Create a Chart:” and several controls in the middle of it. This is our “Create a Chart” bar and you can use it to access almost all of our charting tools quickly from almost anywhere on our website.

The first control lets you select which one of our charting tools you want to use. Initially, it is set to “SharpCharts” which is what we call our standard bar/candlestick charts. Much of the time, you can just leave that first control alone. Here are the other choices in that dropdown:

  • SharpCharts - our main bar/candlestick charting tool
  • P&F Charts - charts with columns of X's and O's
  • CandleGlance - up to 30 different mini-charts on one page
  • PerfChart - overlaid performance lines for up to 10 different ticker symbols
  • Gallery View - Four pre-defined charts for studying different time periods
  • Seasonality - average monthly returns for a ticker symbol
  • Symbol Lookup - Search our symbol catalog for a specified phrase
  • Site Search - Search our entire website for a specified phrase

Next to the dropdown is a long text box where you can type in a phrase - typically one or more ticker symbols - that goes with your choice in the dropdown. If you are entering more than one ticker symbol, you can use a comma character to separate multiple symbols.

Note that the long text box has an auto-complete feature built-in to it. As you type the name of a stock, index or mutual fund that we cover, we will automatically display symbols that match what you have typed so far. This can be extremely useful if you don't know the exact ticker symbol you need. Just start typing any part of the symbol's description and we will automatically show you what is available.

Once you have entered the symbol(s) that you want to use, click the “Go” button (or press Enter) to complete the process.

Note that most of our pages also have a list of links at the top of the white area. These are called “Breadcrumbs” and the can also help you navigate from place to place on our website. Just click any of the links in that line to go back “up the chain” of links.