eSignal - Watch List

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How to Open a Watch List Window 
Title Bar Components
Adding Symbols, Columns and Comments
Adding EFS Studies / Formulas in a Watch List 
Watch List Right-Click Functions
Watch List Properties

The Watch List allows you to track your symbols in a spreadsheet format. The Watch List was known as the Quote Window in previous versions of eSignal.

How to Open a Watch List Window

To open a Watch List window, go to the main menu and select New, then click Watch List. A keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+2) is also available.

Title Bar Components
The Watch List window title bar contains two boxes, the Symbol List and Headings. It also contains three icons. The first button is the Summary Mode which is used to change the display of the Watch List. The second icon is the Column Data Sort. The third icon is the EFS trading mode which indicates whether Automated Trading is enabled for the Watchlist.


The Symbol List drop-down menu stores sample and user created symbol lists. Create a new Symbol List by selecting New List from the menu shown in the screenshot below. Once you have entered all your symbols, select Save List or Save List As to save the changes. This menu includes Rename List, Duplicate List, and Remove List.


The Headings box allows you to select from a list of pre-set headings designed for stocks, futures, options and other issue types. There is also the ability to create and save new custom headings along with creating, saving, renaming, duplicating, or removing existing ones.

The Summary Mode icon  allows you to toggle the display of the Watch list between the Standard Mode and the Summary Mode. The Standard Mode displays the symbols vertically under a single Symbol column.

The Summary Mode displays multiple column headings in the same row which allows more symbols to be displayed in the same space.

The Column Data Sort or Sorting Panel icon allows you to sort by multiple column headings. Select your primary sort criteria (Sort by) followed by two additional criteria (then by and finally by).

Sorting can also be done manually by left-clicking the mouse once in the column heading that you want to be sorted. Sorting is done alphabetically for fields that contains text and numerically for data fields. Click Watch List from the main menu to undo or redo sorting.

Adding Symbols, Columns and Comments
Adding Symbols
Enter a new symbol by clicking on any empty row under the Symbol column. Type the symbol and click Enter.
To add a list of symbols, select a symbol list from the Symbol List box as described above.
Adding a column to the watch list
To add a new column to the watch list, right-click the mouse over an existing field and select Add Columns to open the list of available columns.

Once the field has been added to the window, you can click-and-drag the new column to a new location, if desired.

Click here for more information on column headers.

Adding Comment Columns
To add the comment column, right click the watch list heading area (where it says Symbol, Last, Change, etc.) and select Add Comment Column from the dropdown menu:

You can add multiple Comment columns:

You can also enter comments to serve as a category heading by entering a # sign followed by the text in the Symbol column. In the example below, major U.S. Crosses has been entered as a comment:

Adding EFS Studies / Formulas in a Watch List
One of the major new features to be added to eSignal 11 is the ability to adEFS studies as columns into the Watch List. You can add a study or formula to your Watch List in the same way that you would add a new column. Right-click an existing column header and select Add Columns. You'll notice tabs for Built-in Studies, Formulas, Add-on Studies (subscription based) and My Formulas.


Select the study you wish to add and click Apply. Multiple studies can be added from this menu.

Click Close once you're done adding studies. The selected study or studies will appear in your Watch List:

You can change the parameters of the studies in the watch list by right clicking on the column header and then selecting Edit Columns.

In the Edit Columns window, select the study that you would like to edit, which in this example, is the Commodity Channel Index:

You can edit the study's interval, length, source and outputs (price, volume, and the number of decimal places).

Time Templates for EFS Studies / Formulas in Watch List

Time templates allow you to control the number of bars that load and the specific hours/trading sessions used in the calculation. By default, the program loads 50 bars worth of data to create the calculation on studies. time templates in the watchlist relate to studies only, this will not affect the last price or the volume columns. for more information on time templates, click here.

Watch List Right-Click Functions
You can copy and paste symbols, insert and delete rows, as well as insert a Hot List, Sector List or Autolist, by right-clicking the mouse inside the watch list window. right-click any symbol in the Watch list to open a Chart, Time & Sales, or Market Depth window.
Open In
By right-clicking on a symbol in a Watch List, you can open another window type for that symbol:
Add Alert
Right-click on a symbol and select Add Alert from the menu. Alert dialog box will appear to configure the Alert Condition and Alert Action:
Click here for more information on setting alerts.
New Order
You can place orders, cancel orders, close positions from the Watch List by right-clicking on the symbol.
To place a new order, select New Order:
An order ticket be displayed for selected symbol:
After the order is placed, you can cancel orders if they not been filled or close positions if they have filled, with a right-click selection.
Edit Functions
By right-clicking in the Watch List window, you can perform generic edit functions such inserting or deleting a row(s), cut, copy, paste, clear and selecting all items.

Copy to ICE XL
ICE XL subscribers will have the Copy to ICE XL selection available on the right-click menu. this functions allows you to copy rows from the watch list into ice xl (excel). only column headers that correspond to ice xl fields will be copied into excel. click here for more information on ice xl.

To copy to ICE XL, highlight the row or rows from the Watch List.

Right-click anywhere in the Watch List window, select Copy to ICE XL.

Paste (or Ctrl+V) that into Excel into the desired location. The selected rows are pasted in Excel (with the header) exception of non-ICE XL fields (Percent R, RSI, and Commodity Channel, etc.).
The copied items will now update in Excel.

Export Data
To export data, right-click anywhere in the Watch List window and select Data Export:
The Export Data dialog box will appear with a list of items to be selected to be exported:

Export with Heading: Check the box if you want the column headings to be included.
Reverse Order: Check the box to export the symbol list in reverse order that appears in the Watch List.
Click the Export button and then the Close button when the export process is completed.
In Excel, click Open and select the exported file:
Click here for more information on Data Export.
Insert List (Autolist)
Click here for the KB article that explains the Insert List feature to automatically create hot lists, sector lists, index constituents, stock regional symbols, stock and futures option chains, and current futures contracts.

Watch List Properties
You can change the properties of the Watch List window either by right-clicking in the Window and selecting Properties, clicking Watch List on the main menu bar and selecting Properties, or by using by using a keyboard shortcut (Alt+Return).
The Properties dialog box displays the following selections:

Default Cell
The Default Cell menu allows you to specify the font type and size along with a button for bold and italics. There are color settings which include text and background. Background #2 is checked if you prefer alternating colors for each row. Additionally, you can edit the text and background colors for triggered alerts.

Symbol Field
Change fonts, colors, and toggle between displaying the symbol or description of the listed issues. Background #2 is checked if you prefer alternating colors for each row. You can select show Symbol as Description which will display the description vs. the symbol. 

Checking the Show Description in Tooltip checkbox will display the issue description when you mouse-over a symbol.

Comment Row
The Comment Row menu allows you to specify the font type and size along with a button for bold and italics. text and background colors can be edited here as well.

Grid Lines
Use this menu to add vertical and horizontal grid lines and to customize the grid line color.

Focus Outline
Change the color of the active row in all grid-based windows. For example, to change the color of the active row in the Watch List, right-click the mouse inside the Watch List and select Properties. You can change the color of the row's frame and background.

Change the color and display of when a tick is up or down using this menu. The color field allows you to choose a column (symbol, last, change, all cells) for the color display which is based on net change. Green (up) indicates a positive change, red (down) indicates a negative change, and gray (zero) indicates no change. Tick Display allows you to toggle between using arrows or +/- for changes up and down.
The High/Low Highlight section enables the High, Low and/or Last, fields to be highlighted when a new session high or low value is hit.
Configures whether the data displayed in the Watch List window will use the settlement price as the Close (futures) and also to adjust for dividends (stocks).
Trading Default Connections
Allows you to set the default trading connections for each issue type for the Watchlist window.
How Do I Toggle Hibernation On/Off
Data Hibernation is the ability for the eSignal application to put symbols to sleep that aren’t being used. By default, hibernation is turned on. However, you can turn hibernation off on your Watch List by selecting the Watch List menu at the top of eSignal and then uncheck Hibernation Mode.

How Do I Add Net Order Imbalance to the Watch List Window
Net Order Imbalance is now available in the Watch List. You must subscribe to NASDAQ Total View to receive this data.  Net order Imbalance gives a look into the supply and demand forces that affect the opening and closing prices (i.e. the NASDAQ (opening and closing cross data). Once subscribed, right-click the mouse over an existing field and select Add Columns to display the list of available columns. Use the dropdown menu and select Net Order Imbalance for a list of available fields: