# DateTime for current bar?

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### DateTime for current bar?

I know this sounds basic, but it isn't obvious how to get a "DateTime" from the current bar.

What is the best way to get the "date and time" for the current bar and make a string out of it? (presumably using DateTimeToString())

Marina Pashkova
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Hi jek,

Try the following:

var: datetime(0);

datetime = el_datetodatetime(date) + el_timetodatetime(time);
Print(DateTimeToString(datetime));

Should work.

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Thanks, Marina.

I wonder why EL doesn't have a reserved word for "DateTime". Oh well. jek
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The following code seems to produce an approximation to a text-formatted bar and works on TS and MC:

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```priceBarString = ElDateToString(Date) + "," + NumToStr(Time, 0 ) + "," + NumToStr(Open, NumDecimals) + "," + NumToStr(High, NumDecimals) + "," + NumToStr(Low, NumDecimals) + "," + NumToStr(Close, NumDecimals) + "," + NumToStr(Volume, 0) ; ```
Now it begs the question, is there any way to find out programmatically how many decimal places a given symbol uses for the price? e.g. YM uses 0 and ES uses 2.

Marina Pashkova
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Hi jek,

If I understand your question correctly, the following should work:

Apply a Custom Line 1 indicator to the chart, and in the input type in the following:

Log(PriceScale)/Log(10)

Regards.