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Gann Box


The Gann Box is a traditional method of squaring time and price. It is a free-hand drawing tool giving you control of the size of the box. The internal diagonals, gridlines and angles can be fully customised.

To add the tool to your chart, select the tool from the Gann tool group, and left-click on the first bar you want to calculate the tool from. Next, left-click on the bar where you want to calculate the tool to. Optuma will then draw the tool using the default settings.

Actions & Properties


Add New Division: Allows you to add a new division to the internal angles (see Square Divisions property below.

Copy Data to Clipboard: Will copy the tool's values to the clipboard which can then be inserted into a spreadsheet, for example, allowing for further analysis.

Scale: When selected you can nominate the Scale value to use. For example, if you use a scale of 2 then the tool will double in size.

Add Line Alert: Selecting this action will set a Line Alert based on the selected line.

Add to Toolbar: Adds the selected tool to your custom toolbar.

Apply Settings to All: When multiple Gann Box tools have been applied to a chart, page or workbook, this action can be used to apply the settings of the one selected to other instances of the tool. This is a great time saver if an adjustment is made to the tool - such as line colour - as this allows all the other Gann Box tools in the chart, page or entire workbook to be updated instantly.

Copy Tool: Allows you to copy the selected tool, which can then be pasted onto a different chart window.

Duplicate the Tool: Creates a Gann Box to the right of the original using the same settings.

Move to Back: If the tool is displaying in front of other tools or indicators clicking this action will move the tool view to the background.

Move to Front: If the tool is displaying behind other tools or indicators on the chart, clicking this action will bring the tool to the forefront.

Price Flip: Allows you to create a duplicate of the tool along the price axis.

Time Flip: Allows you to create a duplicate of the tool along the time axis.

Restore Default Settings: Click this action if you have adjusted the default settings of the tool, and wish to return to the standard properties originally installed with Optuma.

Save Settings as Default: If you have adjusted any of the tool’s properties (colour, for example) you can save the adjustments as your new default setting. Each time you apply a new Gann Box to a chart, the tool will display using the new settings.

Delete: Deletes the tool from the chart.


Tool Name: Allows for the name of the tool to be changed, as displayed in the Structure Panel.

Values: Shows the starting and ending prices and dates of the box. Changing these values will automatically reposition the box.

Square Divisions: Allows for the internal diagonals, grid lines and angles to be adjusted and customised (see video).

Line Styles: Allows for the lines that make up the box to be adjusted (including width, colour and transparency)

Tool Transparency:
Use this slider bar to adjust the transparency of the tool. Moving the slider to the left will increase the transparency of the tool.

Visible: Un-tick this checkbox to hide the tool from the chart.

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