ChartStyles are collections of SharpCharts settings that can be used as “templates” for creating new charts later. A ChartStyle contains all of the settings that you see below the chart on the SharpCharts Workbench page - the chart's period, date range, size, type, colors, overlays, indicators, etc. In fact, a ChartStyle contains everything about a SharpChart except its main ticker symbol.
Different ChartStyles are often created for different chart periods. Since it is common to use different indicators and parameter settings when changing from a 1-minute chart to a daily chart or a monthly chart, period-oriented ChartStyles are very common. Similarly, different styles for mutual funds, commodities and currencies are often also created.
By themselves, ChartStyles are not usable - they must be “applied” to a ticker symbol in order to chart a usable SharpChart. ChartStyles can be applied to a ticker symbol in a variety of ways (see below).
Members can save up to 50 different ChartStyles in their account. All saved ChartStyles are available via the “ChartStyles” dropdown located underneath the chart on the SharpCharts Workbench page.
Members can also assign up to 12 different ChartStyles to thin, gray “StyleButtons” that appear on the left side of the chart on the SharpCharts Workbench page. StyleButtons provide one-click access to your most used ChartStyles.
The Default ChartStyle is a special collection of settings that are used whenever you ask us to create a new chart from a ticker symbol. Examples include:
Your Default ChartStyle should have settings that you find most useful when first looking at a new stock.
Members can create/modify their Default ChartStyle by clicking on the “Save As Default” link in the “ChartStyles” area of the SharpCharts Workbench.
Note: We recommend using a “Range” setting of “Fill the Chart” for your Default ChartStyle. The Range setting “Select Start/End” is specifically not recommended.
Under the main charting area in the SharpCharts Workbench, you will see the ChartStyle controls. These controls allow you to select and modify your ChartStyles. Use the dropdown list to select which style to apply to the current chart. The links following the dropdown are:
Members can also create ChartStyles by clicking the '+' symbol in the upper left of the chart.
There are multiple ways to apply a ChartStyle to an existing SharpChart.
When looking at a chart on the SharpCharts workbench, you can apply a different ChartStyle to it by using the “ChartStyles” dropdown located below the chart (see above) or by clicking one of your StyleButtons - i.e, one of the small gray rectangles located to the left of the chart (see below). Once you have applied a ChartStyle to a chart in the workbench, you can then save that chart into your account for later review.
You can also apply ChartStyles to previously saved charts. To change all of the saved charts in a ChartList so that they all have the same style settings, follow these steps:
You can also apply a ChartStyle to a subset of the charts in a ChartList by using Edit view.
StyleButtons are shortcuts which allow you to quickly apply your most commonly used styles with a single click from within the SharpCharts workbench. StyleButtons are gray rectangles that appear in the upper left corner by the top of the chart. Hovering over each box will display the name of the ChartStyle which it will apply. Clicking the '>' icon next to the upper left corner of the chart will show you your ChartStyles in a pull-out menu:
After clicking on the '>' icon, you can edit the order of your StyleButtons by dragging the style's striped box icon up or down with your mouse. All styles positioned above the “buttons” row will be displayed as StyleButtons on the workbench.
Click on the '<' icon to hide the panel when you are finished.
Members can create up to 50 different ChartStyles but are limited to having only 12 StyleButtons. We recommend only assigning buttons to your most used ChartStyles. Remember that all of your ChartStyles are available via the dropdown under the chart.