Sierra Chart Chartbook and Chart Appearance

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Click either New/Open Historical Chart (shortcut Ctrl-H) or New/Open Intraday Chart (shortcut Ctrl-I) You can also just choose “Find Symbol” and open the chart after selecting the symbol you want a chart for.

  • *NOTE: You can choose either “Historical Chart” or “Intraday Chart” here, it doesn’t really matter. You can always specify what time period you want in the chart settings. These choices just lets the platform know which file extensions to show in the next window.


Choosing Historical Chart brings up the *.dly files.


Choosing Intraday Chart brings up the *.scid files.

For this example we’re going to pick MNQH21 (Micro Nasdaq E-mini Futures) for this example.


By default, my Sierra Chart opens up a new chart with OHLC Bars.

We’re going to go to Chart Settings and adjust how the chart displays the price first.


Now we’re going to change from OHLC Bars to Candlesticks by going to Chart Settings.

Chart settings can be found under the Chart tab or by right-clicking on the chart to access the shortcut menu. Keyboard shortcut is F5.



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Candlesticks, as well as other ways to plot price on the chart, is found in the Graph Draw Type selection box to the right of the Main Settings tab.

Click Apply to apply the settings and stay in chart settings. Click OK to apply the change and exit chart settings.


Now we can see our change to use candlesticks have been applied to the chart.

But let’s go back to the chart settings and look at some more setting we may want to change.


Highlighted are some of the main chart settings you may be interested in adjusting when setting up your charts for the first time.

The rest of the settings may be important based on what you are trading and your personal preferences. There are also other methods to adjust some of these settings. For example, under Advanced Settings 2 tab, “Draw DOM Graph on Chart” can also be accomplished under the Trade tab in the main menu bar.


Main Settings:


Advanced Settings:


Advanced Settings 2:


Alerts: This is where you can set custom alerts based on a variety of blah blah using Sierra Chart’s syntax for alert conditions. This will be discussed in detail in the Alert Condition and Spreadsheets section of the Sierra Chart guides.

Sierra Chart Update Guide

In this guide we will go over how the Sierra Chart update feature works. In this guide we will be using the Sierra Chart Installer to get the latest version or roll back to a previous version.

Most of the time you will receive a message when logging in when there is a new version available.

However, some times you may miss the message or not get it for whatever reason. Here’s how to check for an upgrade and upgrade to the latest version or go back to a previous version.


Go to Help and Download Current Version


If you want to go to a previous version, select Install Previous Version


There is also the option to Download a PreRelease, but with typical beta upgrades, errors should be expected

Continuing with the upgrade, after clicking Download Current Version, the Message Log will pop-up and after a few seconds you should see a window stating “The installer program has been downloaded.”

Click Yes


Save your Chartbooks by clicking Yes on the next window. Sierra Chart should shutdown


The Sierra Chart window will open. Check the Version dropdown to make sure it “Current Version” is selected and you see the version to be installed in the message window below



Click Install

NOTE: The Version dropdown is where you can also choose to download a Previous Version or PreRelease


Next, you will see messages showing the installation is in progress


When it’s finished you will get a pop-up showing the installation is complete


Click OK


Then Close the Sierra Chart Installer


Sierra Chart will automatically restart


Go to Help and About to check what version you are running