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This video tutorial will explain a few of the helpful settings and customization options available to users of Tradeshark.    After viewing this tutorial you will be able to change Tradeshark’s color theme, toggle on or off helpful charting options, and customize how futures contracts and market information is displayed within the software.

To access Tradeshark options and settings, simply click on the settings dropdown located at the top of the page and select options.

The first tab displayed will be Tradeshark’s, general options tab.  You may wish to familiarize yourself with each option available here. 

The first setting allows users to select the default view upon opening up a new market selection, you can choose between the charting or history grid views. 

Below the default view option, are the settings to adjust the number of look forward periods associated with each view.   Because some indicators project out into the future, you may need adjust these settings depending on the type of indicators that you are using to perform market analysis.

To demonstrate these two settings, I will change the default market view to history grid, and also change the number of look forward periods to a value of 5 for both the charts and history grids view.

Now any market that I choose to open will, by default display the history grid view.  If I would like, I can right click and choose open chart to access the charting view.

You will also notice that look forward periods available within each view, again , certain indicators may project into the future thereby populating the blank space with data.

Towards the bottom half of the general options tab, there is the setting to activate multiple monitor mode, utilizing this setting with an additional monitor, allows users to drag charts, the market tree, intelliscans, or the indicator tray to another display.

The next option allows users to activate video hardware acceleration.  And below that, there is a toggle that will decide whether the start page is launched upon opening up Tradeshark.

Lastly, users have  a few options available for adjusting Tradeshark’s color theme, as well as the color of custom lines drawn against the charts.  You will want to toggle through these themes to find the setting that is right for you. 

To change the default line color, simply toggle on the “override custom line” button, and select a new color.  You can choose from the predefined selections or create a completely customized color option of your own.

To demonstrate this I can go ahead and utilize this chart for the Australian dollar.  If I choose to draw a new custom line against the chart you will notice that the color has been changed from the default white to the chosen green color.

The next tab is the  markets settings tab,  this area allows users to change how market names and symbols are displayed within the market tree and charting area.   

Below these two options, You can select the default futures contract.  This determines whether the current delivery month, continuous or cash contracts are displayed when opening up a new futures market selection.

You can also select how many expired futures contracts you would like available within the market tree.

This can be adjusted by simply toggling the values up and down.

The last option found within the markets settings tab allows users to change the number of days before the current contract is rolled over to the next month.  For instance, if I wanted to ensure that my charts automatically rollover to the next month, I could choose a value of 10, this would ensure that my charts automatically move to the next contract month, 2 weeks before the current month expires.

The charts tab allows users to adjust numerous options pertaining to the charting area. 

You can add vertical or horizontal crosshairs, add or remove the gridlines and tooltips, and also change whether the full market name is displayed within your charting tab area.

For a more indepth tutorial on how these settings affect your charts, be sure to view the charting tutorials found within the tradeshark learning center.

The next options tab, pertains to reactivating your tradeshark software.   From time to time your tradeshark software may need to be reactivated. By checking the box found within this area, you will ensure that this reactivation is performed automatically, therefore requiring no additional action from the user.

Lastly, the indicators tab allows users to restore any indicator back to its default configuration. 

This pertains to changes made to indicators from the indicator tray, therefore changing that indicators default properties.  This will not restore indicators that have been modified and saved within a created or customized template by adjusting the chart properties.

To demonstrate how to restore any indicator, I will use the currently open chart for the Australian dollar and change the color of up candles from green to orange.  Again, I will access the indicator tray and change the indicators default properties from green to orange.  Now when I re apply the bars to this or any chart in the future.  We can see that the up candlesticks are filled with the orange color selection. 

To restore this indicator to its original default green color,  I will need to access the indicator restore tab located in the options menu.

I can then choose an individual indicator to restore, or decide to restore them, all at once.  Here I will select bars from the dropdown and select restore.  Now whenever I re apply the bars to this or any other chart in the future, we can see that the default green color has been reapplied.

This concludes the options and  settings tutorial, for additional information on working with the Tradeshark software, be sure to view the additional videos and information located within the tradeshark learning center. 


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