FAQ - Prophet Charts

What is happening to Prophet Charts?

As you may have heard, soon Prophet Charts will no longer be available for use – we know that might seem like a downer, but don’t worry! thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade has the most advanced charting available and we are continuing to expand its capabilities. We’ve worked hard to add and enhance the tools you know and love to our existing charting package.

Here you will find a list of frequently asked questions for users migrating over to TOS charts. The vast majority of the tools and capabilities you have used in Prophet charts are available in TOS charts, along with a huge number more you may not even have known about. Some of the controls and menus are a little bit different though, so we created the instructions and video below to help you get accommodated.

If you have questions regarding anything that is not covered here, you can contact us at 866-839-1100 to speak directly to a representative.

Now on to the good stuff!

How do I add studies to a chart?

To add a study to a thinkorswim chart, click the Studies button at the upper right of the chart. In the drop-down select Add Study and choose from the listed options, or select Edit Studies to view a full list of available studies in alphabetical order. For information about how to edit and customize studies, go HERE.

How do I adjust the timeframe on a chart?

To adjust the timeframe on a chart, click the Style button at the top right and in the drop-down choose Time frame setup. A new window will pop up where you can choose from a list of preselected Favorites or you can create your own by clicking on Time frame. For detailed instructions click HERE.

How do I access Settings on a chart?

To access chart settings (like adjust or dividends for example), click the Style button at the upper right of that chart and in the drop-down menu, select Settings. In the new window you will see a range of settings that include:
General Settings
Price Axis Settings
Time Axis Settings
Favorite Time Frames
Appearance Settings
Equities Settings - This is where you will find adjust for dividends.
Options Settings
Futures Settings
Forex Settings

How do I chart an option/option spread?

To chart an option, go to Trade>All Products and expand one of the option series, then right click on any option. In the drop-down menu select Copy .optionsymbolexample. Now go back to a chart and paste the symbol into the symbol box using Ctrl+V.

To chart a spread, go to Trade>All Products and in the Option Chain line, chose your spread using the spread selector. Now, expand one of the option series, then right click on any option. In the drop-down menu select Copy .optionsymbolexample + .optionsymbolexample. Finally, go back to a chart and paste the symbol into the symbol box using Ctrl+V.

You can also manually type the option symbol(s) into the symbol box if you prefer.

How do I add a pattern to a chart?

To add a pattern, click the Patterns button at the upper right of the chart. In the drop-down menu, click on Select Patterns. This will open a new window where you can choose between Classic and Candlestick patterns.

How do I scan for patterns?

From the Scan tab, click the ‘Add pattern filter’ button towards the top of the page. Selecting this will allow you to add scan criteria that can be adjusted to locate symbols that contain the pattern conditions you desire. Once this is done, add and adjust any other scan criteria you prefer and click the scan button. The list of results located below the criteria will have a column on the far right that can be clicked on to display the located pattern on the particular symbol’s chart. You can find more details about the Pattern scan HERE.

How do I migrate my watch lists?

To migrate a watch list from Prophet Charts to thinkorswim, please take the following steps:

In the Prophet Charts side bar (this is located directly to the left of the chart) expand the watch list category. Right click on the list you wish to migrate and in the menu select "Export Watch List". This will open a new window where you can select the location you would like to save the list. Be sure to save it as the defaulted .csv file. 

Note: If you are saving several lists, you may want to consider creating a folder for easy access. 

Once you have finished saving your lists, in thinkorswim, go to MarketWatch>Quotes. Select the "Show actions menu" button at the upper right of the section. In the drop-down, chose "Create watchlist" to open a new window. Here, click the "Import..." button. When the Symbols Import pop up appears, in the "Load from:" section select "File" and click on the "Select file..." button. You can now choose the list you would like to import from the original file location it was saved in and select "Open". Now click OK in the Symbol Import window. You should see the list appear in the New Watchlist window. Be sure to give your watchlist a name by using the entry field at the top of the same window, then click Save.

Your newly added list will be dislayed in the Quotes section.