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What's New: Text Boxes and Arrows

By Colin Twiggs
June 9th, 2013 2:00 a.m. EDT (4:00 p.m. AET)

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Before embarking on the stock screen upgrade we decided to complete a few drawing tools that have long been requested. They are now available in the new beta version. Select Help >> Upgrade to Latest Beta Version.... on the chart menu to try them out.

You will find the new features on the Draw menu and toolbar:

Draw Toolbar

Text Boxes

Text Box
  1. Select the new text box icon on the Draw toolbar
  2. Click and drag on the chart
  3. Enter text
  4. Enter a hint if required
  5. Click OK
Text Box

Edit Text Box

Right-click on the text box and select from the following options:

Text Box

Convert Caption Marker

You can also convert existing caption markers to text boxes. Simply right-click on the caption and select the Convert This Caption To Textbox option.

Text Box

Arrows

Draw Arrows
  1. Select an arrow icon on the Draw toolbar
  2. Click and drag on the chart
  3. Enter a hint if required
  4. Click OK

Right-click on the arrow to edit color and/or size.

Copy Trendline

There is also a new feature to copy trendlines.

Copy Trendline
  1. Right-click on a trendline
  2. Select Copy
  3. Click on the trendline and drag the copy to a new position the chart
  4. Click OK

Default Colors and Sizes

To adjust the default color for text boxes or arrows, select Format Charts >> Colors >> Text Boxes or Up Arrows or Down Arrows.

To adjust the default font size for text boxes and captions, select Draw >> Draw Options >> Text Boxes and Captions >> Default Font Size.

To adjust the default arrow size, select Draw >> Draw Options >> Default Arrow Size.

Future Development

We hope you enjoy the new features. Our next task is to upgrade the stock screen filters. Thank you for the suggestions made on the Forum. It is not too late to add more.


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