On the Appearance tab of the Insert Study dialog, you can change how the study is displayed on the chart (for example its colors and styles) before you insert it. After you have inserted a study, you can still change its appearance in the Chart Properties dialog. You can also save your settings as default for this study by clicking the Set As Default button.

Note             When inserting study columns into price pages, only a few color settings are available on the Appearance tab. For details, see Adding, Removing and Customizing Study Columns.

Note             If you select Activate study color inheritance on overlaid charts option under Tools > Options > Chart, color of the study will be based on color of the base symbol on a chart. See Chart Settings.

Study objects

Every study consists of one or more so-called study objects. A study object is a visible object that is drawn on the chart, such as a line, a shaded area or a marker. Each study object has a unique set of properties that define how they are displayed on the chart, such as colors, line widths, line styles, fonts, transparency settings and many more.

As some studies have more than one study object, you first have to choose for which study object you want to define its appearance on the screen. For example, the Bollinger Bands indicator consists of a line study object and an area study object.

To choose a study object

▪       Click on the Study Objects arrow.

▪       Choose the study object that you want to change.

▪       Adapt the settings to your needs.

Settings for different study object types

Depending on the type of the study object you choose, different settings are available.


Change the display type, width, style and color of a line study object. See Line Settings.


Change the type, line colors, width and style, the fill colors and the transparency of an area study object. See Area Settings.


Change the border colors, width, the fill colors, the transparency, the shape size and the font of a marker study object. See Marker Settings.

Note             You cannot change the type of a study object in this dialog (for example, use a line instead of an area). This would have to be done by editing the source code of a study.

Learn more:

Line Settings

Area Settings

Marker Settings