A chart can hold several chart objects: Symbols (time series), chartable expressions (see Inserting a Chartable Expression), drawing objects such as trend lines (see Drawing Tools) and studies (indicators or signals, see Analysis Tools). You can change the properties of each of these objects, for example its color or line style.

The Format Objects dialog offers you an easy way to get an overview about all objects that are present in a chart, gives you easy direct access to the properties of each object and lets you temporarily hide or permanently delete objects from your chart.

To change the properties of chart objects

▪       On the Format menu, click Objects.

Note             You can also click on the Chart Objects icon in the Chart toolbar:

▪       In the Format Objects dialog, choose the object that you want to change.

▪       Click Format. The Chart Properties dialog is opened with the correct object already pre-selected.

▪       For more information about the different settings available, see:

-       Symbol / time series: Customizing the Time Series

-       Drawing objects: Customizing Drawing Objects

-       Studies: Setting the Parameters of a Study and Defining the Appearance of a Study

To delete chart objects

Note             This action cannot be undone. This will delete the selected chart object with all its settings.

▪       On the Format menu, click Objects.

▪       In the Format Objects dialog, choose the object that you want to delete.

▪       Click Delete.

▪       If you want to automatically close all chart panes that are now empty because no objects are present there anymore, select Close empty panes.

▪       Click OK. The object is removed from the chart.

To hide (show) chart objects in all chart types and data compressions

Note             Visible chart objects are displayed with a blue check mark on the left in the Format Objects dialog.

▪       On the Format menu, click Objects.

▪       In the Format Objects dialog, choose the object that you want to hide (or show).

▪       Click Hide to hide a chart object, or Show to display a hidden chart object again.

To add (remove) drawing objects for certain chart types and data compressions

You can automatically show or hide drawing objects in certain chart types or data compressions. To do this, you have to add drawing objects to (or remove them from) certain chart types or data compressions. This function should be used in combination with the Hide property of drawing objects. For more information, see Hiding Drawing Objects.

▪       On the Format menu, click Objects.

▪       In the Format Objects dialog, choose the drawing object that you want to add to (or remove from) the current chart type and data compression.

▪       Click Add to add the drawing object to the current chart type and data compression, or Remove to remove it from the current chart type and data compression.

Note             Removing a drawing object from a chart type and data compression is not the same as deleting a drawing object. The drawing object remains in the chart, it is only not visible (hidden) in the current chart type and data compression.