|Tutorial 35 – Creating Multi-Window layouts|
In ShareScope Plus and ShareScope Pro you can create screens containing any number of individual windows, as in the examples below. Windows can be arranged to display different instruments, or you can link them together to see different views of the same instrument.
This tutorial will give you more information about adding, linking and customising windows on the layouts in Plus and Pro.
By default, Plus and Pro contain a number of different default window layouts. Some examples of the default layouts are:
These can be accessed from the default Settings toolbar at the bottom of the screen. For more information about customising toolbars, please see Tutorial 21 - Customising Toolbars.
Alternatively, you can access all 12 available layouts by going to the Window menu then to Window layouts.
In the list above, Layout 8 to 12 have not yet been used or named. If you select one of these you will most likely have a blank screen which you can start creating your own layout in.
With a blank layout open, right click in the middle of the screen and go to New Window to see the available window types:
In this example we’ll set up a layout with four graph windows – two historical graphs and two intraday graphs for the same instrument, but all showing different time periods and graph types.
From the context menu, select historical graph. A graph window will appear on the screen. Search for Tesco PLC by typing this on your keyboard and selecting it from the Find a share dialog. You can move the window around the layout by left clicking and dragging the title bar (1) and you can resize the window by left clicking and dragging any of the edges of the window (2).
Resize the window and move it into the top left corner of the screen. Do not worry too much at this stage at getting the placement and size perfect – we will get ShareScope to do this later.
Right click in the top right section of the screen, go to New Window and select historical graph again. The graph windows will be showing different shares, so we need to link them together so that they always show the same share. On the title bar of the new graph window, right click and select Link window.
A dialog displaying the available windows to link to is displayed. If you have more than one option, ensure you check the view number of the window you want to link to.
Click on the correct view (yours may not necessarily be ‘02’) and the new window will display the same instrument as the window you linked it to.
Now right click in the lower part of the screen, go to New Window and select intraday Graph. Link the intraday Graph to the same View and then repeat again to add another intraday Graph in the final blank space on the screen. You should now have a screen that may look something like this:
You can now get ShareScope to automatically resize these windows to be of equal proportions and to fit entirely within the layout. Go to the Window menu and select Tile Horizontally – your layout should now look like this:
You now have two historical graphs and two intraday graphs that are identical. We will now look at how to get the graphs to show different time frames and/or indicators.
From the title bar of these windows we can see that all these graphs are currently using Graph Setting 1.
If you make a change to one of these graphs (the historical or the intraday graph) then the matching historical or intraday graph will update and show the same changes; this is due to them being on the same setting:
In order to have two intraday or historical graphs on the layout but to have them displaying different graph setups, you need to put one of the graphs onto a different Graph Setting. Select one of the graphs, go to the Graph Settings menu in the menu bar and select a different Graph Setting (for example, Setting 2).
You can now make changes to the design of both intraday (or historical) graphs without affecting the other intraday (or historical) graph in the layout. This allows you to make use of a layout that may look something like this:
The above example displays the following:
Or create more complex layouts with different sized windows – the example below includes a Trade list, News and Broker consensus window:
The ‘9 Graphs’ layout is an example of a layout that has 9 individual windows that are not linked together that all show different instruments. All the windows are intraday graphs, using the same graph setting so all the graphs have a similar format.
Remember, if you have any trouble finding or using any of these features, please don’t hesitate to call our Customer Support team. They will be delighted to help.