Rectangle

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A Rectangle is a non-analytical drawing tool drawn for the purpose of highlighting the desired segment of a chart. For instance, Rectangles can highlight a top, bottom, or a group of bars.


Inserting Rectangle

  1. Select one of three ways to insert a Rectangle:
    • In the menu select Insert, point to Drawing and click Rectangle.
    • Click the Rectangle Drawing rectangle.png icon on the Drawing toolbar.
    • Click the arrow next to the Drawing Tools Show Hide Drawing Tools.png icon on the Main toolbar and select Rectangle from the menu.
  2. The cursor will change to the Rectangle Rect pointer.gif.
  3. In the Chart Area click where the Rectangle is to begin.
  4. Then keeping the left mouse button pressed move the pointer up, down, left, or right to position the Rectangle.
  5. Release the button.


Moving Rectangle

To move a Rectangle without changing its size:

  1. Point the cursor at the Rectangle that is to be moved.
  2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png.
  3. Then keeping the left mouse button pressed drag the drawing tool to the desired position.
  4. Release the button.


Reshaping Rectangle

To reshape Rectangle (change its size):

  1. Point the cursor at the Rectangle that is to be reshaped.
  2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png.
  3. Left-click the Rectangle and 4 small squares will appear in the corners.
  4. Drag one of these squares till the drawing tool becomes of the desired shape.
  5. Release the button.


Formatting Rectangle

In MultiCharts one can change the settings of the Rectangle. All the changes are performed in the Format Rectangle window.

Each instance of a Rectangle has its own Format window. The number (if there are 2 or more Rectangles in the same Chart Window) are shown in the titlebar of each Format Rectangle window.

One can change the settings of a rectangle: the color, style and weight of the border line as well as the color and pattern of the fill. One can also change the time and price coordinates of the rectangle.


Setting Style

  1. Access the Format Rectangle window.
    To access the Format Rectangle window:
    1. Drag the cursor to the Rectangle that is to be formatted.
    2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then double-click.
    Or
    1. Drag the cursor to the Rectangle that is to be formatted.
    2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then right-click.
    3. Select Format 'Rectangle'… from the shortcut menu.
    Or
    1. In the Format Objects window select the Drawings tab.
    2. Select the Rectangle that is to be formatted and press the Format… button.
  2. Select the Style tab.
  3. In the Line section, using the Color drop-down list, select any of the preset 40 colors for the line or click the Others… button to select the custom color.
  4. In the Line section, using the Style drop-down list, select the desired style for the line.
  5. In the Line section, using the Weight drop-down list, select the desired weight for the line (available only for the solid line).
  6. In the Fill section, using the Color drop-down list, select any of the preset 40 colors for the fill or click the Others… button to select the custom colors.
  7. In the Fill section, using the Pattern drop-down list, select the desired pattern for the fill.
  8. Check the Use as Default check box to use these settings as the default settings when creating other Rectangles.
  9. Click OK.


Setting Coordinates Precisely

  1. Access the Format Rectangle window.
    To access the Format Rectangle window:
    1. Drag the cursor to the Rectangle that is to be formatted.
    2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then double-click.
    Or
    1. Drag the cursor to the Rectangle that is to be formatted.
    2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then right-click.
    3. Select Format 'Rectangle'… from the shortcut menu.
    Or
    1. In the Format Objects window select the Drawings tab.
    2. Select the Rectangle that is to be formatted and press the Format… button.
  2. Select the Properties tab.
  3. In the Coordinates section enter the desired time coordinates in the Start Date and End Date fields or use the drop-down calendars.
  4. In the Coordinates section enter the desired price coordinates in the Start Value and End Value fields.
  5. Click OK.


Cloning Rectangle

To clone a Rectangle:

  1. Drag the cursor to the Rectangle that is to be cloned.
  2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then right-click.
  3. Select Clone Drawing from the shortcut menu.