Chip Anderson

New Method for Creating, Using and Organizing ChartStyles and StyleButtons


We've just released a new, OPTIONAL, method for creating, using and organizing ChartStyles and StyleButtons.  As a quick reminder, ChartStyles are essentially templates for new charts.  StyleButtons are little grey squares that appear to the left of each chart and let you quickly switch the current chart to a different ChartStyle.

StockCharts Members should now see an additional arrow icon located just to the left of the top of each SharpChart.  Clicking on that arrow causes a panel to slide out from the left side of the workbench.  That panel looks similar to this:

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(If you click on the little (i) icon, you can see that help information.)

First off, notice that each of your ChartStyles is listed and includes a small preview of the style to help you remember what it is.

Second, notice that you can click and drag on the "horizontal lines" icon to re-order the ChartStyles on that panel.

Third, notice that all of the ChartStyles that you drag above the "buttons" line are instantly assigned to a StyleButton.  To unassign a style, just drag it back down below the "buttons" line.

Finally, you can click the "Edit" button to rename or delete an existing ChartStyle.

In addition to the arrow icon, there is now a "+" icon below the last StyleButton.  That "+" icon lets you create a new ChartStyle very easily.

Again, all of this is OPTIONAL.  If you are comfortable using the old links for ChartStyles and StyleButtons, you can still use them just like before.  But please "kick the tires" with the new method and let us know what you think.  Hopefully, this new technique will grow on people over time and make ChartStyles and StyleButtons even more useful!

- Chip

Chip Anderson
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This is awesome and very helpful. I don't need to switch around from my chart categories as much to get a quick view of the stocks I'm researching. Thanks
Really good idea...
Nice job, it's very easy now, please can you do the same to-reorder ours lists ?
Another helpful addition! I can keep just 2 or 3 ChartStyles as buttons, which are easy to remember, and still have access to my many other styles. The small preview is also very useful. YOUR SITE KEEPS GETTING BETTER !
very nice. you have been the best and getting better
Nice job. Thanks
And there was much rejoicing ;-)
As Tony the Tiger(remember kellogs frosted flakes)would say-GGGGGRRRREAT!! great work-thanks, it sure makes it easier for me
The preview Thumbnail chart is a great idea and will come in very handy. Thanks for yet another outstanding feature.
Thanks, a great enhancement. This is another, of many examples, of the continuing support and developmental evolution that is always provided for users of this software.
Great new feature on top of an already great overall lineup of features! Thank you!!
Great work. Nicely done. Thank you.
Love this option now i don't have to have two pc up to see my weekly vs my daily
Another great reason why I recommend this product to others. Thanks for this!
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