Tradesignal Options

In the Tradesignal options, you can find general settings for Tradesignal, for example
  • preferred view and chart type
  • data connections and order routing
  • timescale and scope of data backup
You can open the window Tradesignal Options
  • by clicking on the File menu in the header bar and selecting Options from the menu, or
  • by double-clicking on the connection icon above the toolbar.
In the following chapter, you will find information about the settings or links to other chapters with detailed information.

Searching the options

In addition to drilling down search for an option by label, it is possible to use the search box located to the top left of the options pane to search for an option by keyword
  1. Enter the search term, e.g. "Excel"
The available options matching the keywords will be displayed as you type

To reset the search click the X button next to search box, or click on a options category.


Tradesignal options - start view

On startup

Which workspaces to open automatically on start up


Which application language to use, changing this setting will require a restart of the application.


Set the local timezone. This setting is used to adjust time values in charts to the local timezone.


Which application theme to use.


The settings to use when the application needs to send an email. To methods exist
  • SMTP - Requires the SMTP servers details to be added. Most reliable solution for sending emails from the application.
  • MAPI - Will use the locally installed email software to send emails. May cause problems with security settings.

Tradesignal Online

Log-in details for the Tradesignal Online website. The settings in this area are necessary if you want to publish material (such as a chart) to the forums on Tradesignal Online (see the chapter Publishing).
  • Username - Enter your Tradesignal Online user name.
  • Password - Enter your Tradesignal Online password. For security reasons, this is not displayed.
Click on "Create new forum account" to open the website account.

Ribbon Toolbar

Tool to configure the Quick Access Toolbar. All possible functions are listed in a tree in the left pane. These functions can be added to the right pane and will appear in the Quick Access Toolbar above the regular toolbar. Options next to each Toolbar item allow it to be repositioned, removed or grouped.


Options to configure standard printing options, most notably the default watermark and header/footer layout.

Restore defaults

Clicking on this button will restore all system settings to their default values, a dialog will be displayed to confirm this action.

Individual settings may be restored to their factory setting by right-clicking on the label for the option and selecting Reset.


Detailed information about connecting online and offline data can be found in the chapter Data Sources.

Autosave & Backup

Auto Save

  • Automatically make a periodic recoverable backup of any open documents - This is the default setting. When selected, the work is saved in regular intervals (given by the parameter Frequency in minutes to save open items) and available as backup. You can edit the frequency value.

Application Backup

Here you can enter settings for the backup of your current configuration. The following information is saved:
  • Packages with all their files, including information whether they are write-protected (date and time are not saved!)
  • Symbol lists
  • Symbol settings for automatic order routing
  • User settings
  • Edited quotation data
This way you can save the current state of Tradesignal and then use the resulting backup to restore your settings on another computer - or on your computer, for example after a new installation of the operating system.

The following options are available:
  • Backup Location - This is the folder where the backups are saved to. To enter another one, click on Browse and select one in the Windows file dialog.
  • Number of recent backups to keep - This is the maximum number of backups that will be kept. When going beyond this number, old backups will be overwritten, starting with the oldest. Max. number is 100.
  • Create a backup when the application shuts down - When selected, the data is saved as backup before shutdown.
  • Create daily backup at - Here you can enter a time at which the backup will take place. Note that this only will be done as long as the application is running.
Click on Create Backup Now to create a backup for the current settings and data.

Click on Restore Backup to restore an old backup. Select one of the available backup files from the dialog. Then choose whether you want to:
  • Restore all files including settings – restore all saved data as listed above.
  • Restore all package files – restore the package files only.
In addition, you can select the option Restore exclusively missing files so that already available files are not overwritten. Confirm the warning. After the restoration, the application is closed so that the new settings can take effect upon restart.

Note that all open workspaces have to be closed before restoring a backup. This is done fastest when you select Close All Workspaces from the file menu.


Detailed information about the alert setting options can be found in the chapter Alerts.



Detailed information about the package options can be found in the chapter Package and File Management.

Shared symbol list folders

Shared Symbol Lists Folders
On this page you can add/remove folders containing symbol lists in XML format as exported from Tradesignal.

By having these folders on a network share, you can share symbol lists between users.

Equilla Paths

  • C-API Extension DLLs - In this folder, special Equilla interface files are saved. Do not change this path.
  • PrintToFile output - In this folder, files are written by Equilla scripts (see the chapter Data Output via File Interface).

RSS Feed

Here you can configure RSS feeds. RSS feeds are added to the news displayed in the news window.
  • New - Add a new feed. A dialog opens where you can enter the URL of the feed. Make sure that it starts with "http://".
  • Edit - Edit the URL of the selected RSS feed.
  • Delete - Remove the selected RSS feed from the list.

Order routing modules

Folder where order routing modules are located.

Order Routing

Detailed information about the order routing options can be found in the chapter Order Routing Options.


Many options to configure default behavior are found in this section organized by the following categories

Equilla Extension

These options are available in and offer the option to enable or disable support for Equilla extension DLLs.
  • No extensions allowed
  • Only C API extensions allowed - Allows Equilla extensions that use the C API. This is the default setting.
  • Only COM API extensions allowed - Allows Equilla extensions that use the COM API.
  • Both C and COM API extensions allowed - Extensions for both APIs are allowed.

Chart style

  • Default style - The chart type that will be used for all newly created charts (excluding tick-by-tick charts).
  • Tick chart style - The chart style to use for new tick-by-tick charts.
  • Value scale mode - The value scale mode to use for newly created charts (Linear or Logarithmic).


This section allows configuration of the default history length to use for charts and other document types in various periods.
  • Default period - The default period to use for newly opened charts and lists. The default period is daily.
  • Open instruments in a new subchart - Check this box to always add new instruments as a sub chart to an existing chart. Uncheck the box to always add the new instrument to the main chart.
  • Resolve ambiguous symbols - When a symbol is entered on the command line or in an inline instrument, this option determines how the symbol should be resolved to an instrument if the symbol is multiply defined.


  • Maximum number of open workspaces - Increase this number to allow more simultaneously open workspaces, the default is 30. Please note that opening more workspaces will require more system resources.
  • Maximum number of items in a workspace - increase this number to open more items in a workspace. The default value is 30. Please note that opening more items in a workspace will require more system resources.
  • Show close button on selected workspace tab
  • Hide titles of non-selected workspace items
  • Show unremove bar at the bottom of the screen - When not checked the unremove option will be displayed at right of the application's title bar.
  • Automatically close a floating desktop when the last workspace has been closed
  • Set the workspace tab button size

Property Inspector

  • Always show properties when a new item is selected

Command Line

  • Generate OHLC outputs for one-line formula-based symbols - When this item is selected and a spread formula is entered on the command line, an instrument will be created with open, high, low and close values based on the entered formula, instead of just using the close value.
  • Display security name for one-line formula-based symbols - When this option is checked, the application will substitute a symbols display name for the symbol in formulas.
  • Correct symbols used in formulas used on the command line - This option prepends the prefix to a symbol used in a formula if it has been forgotten.
  • Clear command line history

Symbol Lists

  • Show Symbol Lists toolbox after inserting a chart into a workspace
  • Use preferred period and FID when opening new charts from a symbol list - Some symbols in a symbol list may also specify a preferred period and FID. If they do, and this option is selected, the instrument added to a chart will override the charts default FID and period and use the preferred settings instead.
  • Show all symbols collected on a DataConnect server in a separate symbol list.
  • Symbol display format - How symbols in the Symbol List toolbox show be displayed.


  • Prevent system suspension/hibernation while the application is running
  • Reduce the evaluation frequency for non-visible charts
  • Maximum visible instruments - The maximum number of instruments that may be simultaneously open.
  • Minimum memory for optimizer/scanner (MB) - The minimum amount of system memory that must be available to start a new scan or optimization task.

Indicators & Strategies

  • Automatically add the strategy equity indicator when strategies are added to a chart
  • Do not show the input mapping dialog if all inputs can be automatically mapped
  • Add color-tagged indicators to the ribbon - If an indicator in the Indicator toolbox is color-tagged using the context menu (yellow, blue or red) and this option is checked. A button will be added to the Favorites group of the ribbon that when clicked will add the indicator to a chart.
  • Add color-tagged strategies to the ribbon - If a strategy in the Strategies toolbox is color-tagged using the context menu (yellow, blue or red) and this option is checked. A button will be added to the Favorites group of the ribbon that when clicked will add the strategy to a chart.
Clicking on the Recompile all user indicators and strategies will force all user indicators and strategies to be recompiled. Progress will be shown and the result of the compilation indicated.


It is possible to set here exactly when On-close orders are generated in order routing.

CSV File Export

  • Field separator when exporting data - Default is a semi-colon character.
  • Language used for formatting numeric values
  • Enclose values in quotes
  • Export all optimizer runs in the optimizer results


  • Field separator when copying data - default is a tab character.
  • Language used for formatting numeric values
  • Enclose values in quotes


  • Allow to update the templated charts when the base template change - If this option is checked, charts that have been created based on a template will automatically be updated when the templated is changed and saved.