Text (Drawing Tool)

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Text is a non-analytical drawing tool used to display text, the user's remarks and so on directly on a chart.


Inserting Text

  1. Select one of three ways to insert the Text:
    • In the menu select Insert, point to Drawing and click Text.
    • Click the Text Drawing Text.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 Text from the menu.
  2. The cursor will change to the Text Text pointer.gif.
  3. In the Chart Area click where the Text is to begin.
  4. The Format Text window will appear.
  5. Type in the desired text.
  6. Click OK.


Moving Text

To move a Text:

  1. Point the cursor at the text 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.


Formatting Text

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

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

One can select the font, its style, size and color of the text that should be entered as well as the character set and the font back color. It is possible to apply the Strikeout, Underline, Transparent and Framed effects to the text. One can place the text to the left, right or in the middle of the initial point at which the text is entered that is move the text along the time axis. One can also move the text along the price axis and place it at the top, bottom or in the center.


Setting Style

  1. Access the Format Text window.
    To access the Format Text window:
    1. Drag the cursor to the Text instance 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 Text instance that is to be formatted.
    2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then right-click.
    3. Select Format 'Text'… from the shortcut menu.
    Or
    1. In the Format Objects window select the Drawings tab.
    2. Select the Text that is to be formatted and press the Format… button.
  2. Select the Style tab.
  3. In the Text field enter the needed text.
  4. Enter the desired font in the Font field or select it from the Font list.
  5. Enter the desired font style in the Font Style field or select it from the Font Style list.
  6. Enter the desired font size in the Size field or select it from the Size list.
  7. In the Effects group check or uncheck the Strikeout, Underline, Transparent or/and Framed check boxes to display the text struck out, underlined transparent or/and framed.
  8. From the Character Set drop-down list select the desired character set.
  9. From the Font Back Color drop-down list select any of the preset 40 colors or click the Other… button to select the custom colors.
    Note. The Font Back Color drop-down list is not available if the Transparent effect is applied.
  10. From the Font Color drop-down list select any of the preset 40 colors or click the Other… button to select the custom colors.
  11. From the Horizontal Alignment drop-down list select the location of the text along the time axis from the initial point.
  12. From the Vertical Alignment drop-down list select the location of the text along the price axis from the initial point.
  13. Check the Use as Default check box to use these settings as the default settings when using the text as a drawing tool in future.
  14. Click OK.


Setting Coordinates Precisely

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


Cloning Text

To clone a Text:

  1. Drag the cursor to the Text 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.