Setting up Chart Time Frame
In general, setting up a time frame for your chart involves two things: defining a time interval, which is a time range for which the entire chart is plotted, and specifying an aggregation period, i.e., a period during which price data is accumulated for one bar (or candle, line segment, etc.). The latter can be expressed in time units, ticks, or price range accumulation. The Charts interface provides you with a number of standard time frames, however, you are free to create your own. If you switch often between time frames, consider adding the most frequently used to your favorites so they are always at hand.
To set up a time frame:
1. Click on the Time Frame button above the chart, next to the gear button. The Time Frame Setup menu will appear. To access this menu, you can also click the Style button and then select Time Frame Setup or just press Ctrl+T on your keyboard.
2. Click on the Time frame tab and select the Aggregation type you prefer to use: Time, Tick, or Range.
3. If your choice is Time aggregation, specify which kind of time aggregation you wish to set: standard intraday (each bar is completed in less than 12 hours), standard daily (each bar takes at least 1 day to be completed), or custom (you can specify both intraday and daily periods there).
4. Specify the desirable time interval. For intraday aggregations, it cannot be more than days, for tick aggregations - not more than 5 days. Abbreviations: WTD stands for "week to date", YTD is "year to date", and Max available means that the chart will load all the available price data for the symbol (note: there are symbols that can be charted all the way back to ).
5. If you've selected the custom time aggregation, you can specify a certain time period in the past (if there is available price data for that period) or a number of years/months/days up to today. Specifying the latter will display all the available chart data for the period and when the current day is over, the chart will keep updating and the left-hand chart limit will be pushed forward one day. Please note the difference between the From-To and Up to today controls: should you select the current date in the To box in the former control, the chart will stop updating at midnight CST (Central Standard Time).
6. Specify the aggregation period. You can choose a pre-defined value from the list, type in a value in the combo box (for time aggregations, the format is hh:mm), or drag the slider so it displays the desirable amount of time/ticks/range units. On the list, Opt Exp means that the period between two consecutive expiration Fridays is taken to aggregate data for one bar.
7. If you wish to add your aggregation to Favorites, click on the star icon in the bottom left corner of the dialog window. It will be added to the list on the Favorites tab; to access this list further on, just click on the Time Frame button (see step 1). To customize the list of favorite time frames, click Customize list below it so you will be redirected to the Favorite Time Frames dialog in the Chart Settings menu.
8. When you click OK on the Time frame tab or select a time frame from the Favorites, the chart will be updated accordingly.
Time Axis Settings
Time Axis Settings are common for all chartings, they include chart aggregation, expansion, and display parameters.
To customize the settings:
1. Make sure the Chart Settings window is open. For information on accessing this window, refer to the Preparation Steps article.
2. Choose the Time axis tab. This area allows you to define parameters of the time axis.
This area allows you to set the desirable aggregation type.
1. Choose "Time" from the Aggregation type dropdown list to enable time aggregation. Choose the desirable Time interval for which the price plot will be displayed. Aggregation period defines the period to collect price data for one bar. Abbreviations: WTD stands for "week to date", YTD is "year to date", and Opt Exp means that the period between two consecutive expiration Fridays is taken to aggregate data for one bar.
You can also use a custom time interval; to do so, choose Custom from the dropdown. in the controls that appear afterward you can specify a certain time period in the past (if there is available price data for that period) or a number of years/months/days up to today. Specifying the latter will display all the available chart data for the period and when the current day is over, the chart will keep updating and the left-hand chart limit will be pushed forward one day.
2. Choose "Tick" from the Aggregation type dropdown list to enable tick aggregation. Choose the desirable Time interval for which the price plot will be displayed. Aggregation period defines the number of trades corresponding to a single bar. You can specify any number from 1 through 10, by typing it or moving the slider below.
3. Choose "Range" from the Aggregation type dropdown list to enable range aggregation; two modes of range aggregation are available in thinkorswim: Range Bars and Renko Bars. Choose the desirable time interval for which the price plot will be displayed. Set the price range (in tick sizes) to be accumulated for a single bar: specify a custom value or choose a predefined one from the drop-down list. On that list, ATR stands for Average True Range. Choosing this option will produce a chart with aggregation equal to arithmetical mean of True Range calculated for the whole chart.
4. Select Keep time zoom if you prefer to keep the defined time axis scaling after such chart manipulations as detaching chart window, changing symbol, adding or removing studies, and changing time frame. If Keep time zoom is not selected, the default scaling will be applied.
1. The Expansion area field allows you to specify the number of bars to enlarge the subgraph space to the right. Note that the maximum expansion is bars.
2. Autoexpand to fit. This section allows automatic expansion of the time axis if chart elements suggest some future activity.
- Select Corporate actions if you prefer to expand the time axis so that future corporate actions are displayed on chart.
- Select Options to expand the subgraph space and display listed options. Note that this will only work if Show options is selected on Equities or Futures tabs.
- Select Studies to automatically set subgraph expansion so that studies such as Ichimoku, Profile, and Probability of Expiration Cone are plotted completely.
Note that expansion settings can be also reached by pressing the Right expansion settings button in the bottom right corner of the chart.
1. Show rollover lines. Select this option to highlight the end of the trading day with a vertical "rollover line".
2. Show expiration Friday. Select this option to highlight expiration Fridays with a red dotted line. Expiration Friday is the third Friday of the month, the day when American style options expire.
3. Show year marking lines. Select this option to display a line separating the last bar of the ending year from the first bar of the beginning year.
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How can I change the Chart Scale Settings in Thinkorswim?
How to scale an indicator in TOS:
If you are noticing that the charts on your screen in TOS are squished, scrunched or tiny and hard to read, chances are you will need to make one quick adjustment to fix this visibility issue.
Most of the time this will affect your Voodoo Lines, Lay Up Indicators, or any indicator that displays significantly above or below the area for price.
Please be sure your indicator is applied to the chart so you will be able to note the difference once the changes have been made.
Next, on the top menu in Thinkorswim, select Style > Settings > Price Axis
This will bring you to the menu where you can set the scale setting.
From here you will need to make sure and set the "Scale:" to Auto, then
UNCHECK the box for fit studies.
Click "OK" and you should be all set.
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