Adjusting Chart

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It is possible to scroll through charts horizontally, move the data series up or down vertically, adjust horizontal and vertical scales, and zoom in and out.


Scrolling Horizontally through a Chart

Scrolling horizontally through a chart allows viewing the parts of a data series that extend outside the visible range of the Chart Window. Make sure that the Chart Window, containing the chart to be scrolled through, is selected as the active window. A chart can be scrolled through only if the data series extends beyond the visible range.

To scroll through a chart use the scroll bar at the bottom of the Chart Window: position the mouse pointer over the "bar" of the scroll bar, click and hold the left mouse button, and drag the "bar" to the left or to the right, or click the left or the right button on the scroll bar; please note that the scroll bar will not appear if it is hidden in the Appearance settings.

A chart can also be scrolled through horizontally by one of the following methods:

  • Use the mouse wheel to scroll through the chart; or:
  • Click the Scroll Left Scroll Left new.png or the Scroll Right Scroll Right.png icon on the Control toolbar; or:
  • Position the mouse pointer over a data series; once the Pointer Pointer.png changes into a HandHand.png, hold the left mouse button and drag the chart to the right or to the left; or:
  • Position the mouse pointer over the chart area and press and hold the space bar; once the Pointer Pointer.png changes into a Horizontal Double-Headed Arrow Move Horizontally.gif, hold the left mouse button and drag the chart to the right or to the left; or:
  • Use the Arrow Left and Arrow Right keys on the keyboard; or:
  • Select Format in the main menu and click Scroll Left or Scroll Right.


Moving a Data Series Vertically

Make sure that the data series to be moved vertically is selected as the active series.

To move a series vertically in the chart click the Move Up Moving a Data Series Vertically up new.png or the Move Down Moving a Data Series Vertically down new.png icon on the Control toolbar.

A data series can also be moved vertically by one of the following methods:

  • Position the mouse pointer over the price scale and press and hold the space bar;
    once the Pointer Pointer.png changes into a Vertical Double-Headed Arrow Move Vertically.gif, hold the left mouse button and drag the series up or down; or:
  • Use the Arrow Up or the Arrow Down key on the keyboard; or:
  • Select Format in the main menu and click Move Up or Move Down.


Adjusting Chart Scales

Horizontal chart scale can be adjusted by changing the bar spacing, and vertical scale by changing the price scale compression.


Changing Bar Spacing

Make sure that the Chart Window containing the chart, the bar spacing of which is to be changed, is selected as the active window.

To change the chart's bar spacing click the Decrease Bar Spacing Changing Bar Spacing decrease new.png or the Increase Bar Spacing Changing Bar Spacing increase new.png icon on the Control toolbar.

The chart's bar spacing can also be changed by one of the following methods:

  • Position the mouse pointer over the time scale; hold the left mouse button and drag the pointer to the right or to the left (the pointer will change into an Increase Spacing Changing Bar Spacing increase new.png or Decrease Spacing Changing Bar Spacing decrease new.png symbol); or:
  • Use Ctrl + Plus and Ctrl + Minus hotkey combinations; the numeric pad keys as well as the regular keyboard keys can be used; or:
  • Select Format in the main menu and click Increase Bar Spacing or Decrease Bar Spacing; or:
  • Set Bar Spacing, in pixels, in the X - Time Scale tab of the Format Appearance window.


Displaying Entire Series

To display the entire data series select Format in the main menu and click Display Entire Series.


Changing Price Scale Compression

Make sure that the data series, the price scale compression of which is to be changed, is selected as the active series.

To change the compression of a series' price scale click the Compress Price Scale Changing Price Sceale Compression decrease new.png or the Expand Price Scale Changing Price Sceale Compression increase new.png icon on the Control toolbar.

The series' price scale compression can also be changed by one of the following methods:

  • Position the mouse pointer over the price scale; hold the left mouse button and drag the pointer up or down (the pointer will change into an Expand Changing Price Sceale Compression increase new.png or Compress Changing Price Sceale Compression decrease new.png symbol); or:
  • Select Format in the main menu and click Compress Price Scale or Expand Price Scale.


Resetting Scales

Chart scales can be reset, canceling any changes made to the time scale (bar spacing) or the price scale (compression and series vertical position).

Scales can be reset individually or both at once.


Resetting Both Scales

Make sure that the Chart Window containing the chart, the scales of which are to be reset, is selected as the active window.

To reset both scales of a Chart Window click the Reset Scales Reset Both Scales new.png icon on the Control toolbar.

Tip: Both scales can also be reset by selecting Format in the main menu and clicking Reset Scales.


Resetting Time Scale (Bar Spacing)

Make sure that the Chart Window containing the chart, the time scale of which is to be reset, is selected as the active window.

To reset the time scale (bar spacing) of a Chart Window click the Reset Time Scale Reset Time Scale new.png icon on the Control toolbar.

The time scale (bar spacing) can also be reset by one of the following methods:

  • Double-click on the time scale; or:
  • Right-click on the time scale and then click Reset Scale; or:
  • Select Format in the main menu and click Reset Time Scale.


Resetting Price Scale

Make sure that the Chart Window containing the chart, the price scale of which is to be reset, is selected as the active window.

Resetting cancels the price scale compression as well as any vertical displacement of the data series.

To reset a Chart Window's price scale click the Reset Price Scale Reset Price Scale new.png icon on the Control toolbar.

The compression of a chart's price scale can also be reset by one of the following methods:

  • Double-click on the price scale; or:
  • Right-click on the price scale and then click Reset Scale; or:
  • Select Format in the main menu and click Reset Price Scale.


Zooming In

To zoom in on a section of a chart:

  1. Click the Zoom In Zoom In new.png icon on the Control toolbar, or select Format in the main menu and click Zoom In; the Pointer Pointer.png will change into a Magnifying Glass Zoom.gif.
  2. Use the mouse pointer to define a rectangular zoom-in area on the chart: position the pointer in one corner of the rectangle, hold the left mouse button, and drag the pointer diagonally across to the opposite corner; the zoom-in area borders will be indicated during the selection.
  3. Release the mouse button; the chart will zoom in on the defined rectangle.

There is no limit to the number of times a zoom-in can be performed within the same chart: to zoom in further, repeat steps 2 and 3; each zoom-in constitutes a "Zoom Step".


Zooming Out

To zoom out one "Zoom Step" click the Zoom Out Zoom Out.png icon on the Control toolbar, or select Format in the main menu and click Zoom Out.

Each zoom-out reverses a single zoom-in step; to zoom out a step further, repeat the zoom-out again.

Note: The Zoom Out icon is enabled only if the chart is zoomed in.