The Gann Box is a traditional method of squaring time and price. It is a free-hand drawing with the box divided up into thirds, eighths, and sixteenths.
To add a Gann Box to a chart:
1. Select the Gann Box tool from the Gann tool group. Your mouse pointer will change into a pencil.
2. Select the first value (the origin for the Gann Box, typically a major top or bottom of the market) by left-clicking on the chart.
3. Select your end point. Your end point can be forward or backwards in time, up or down in price, providing full control over how you draw the Gann Box onto your chart.
Actions & Properties
Add Line Alert: Creates an alert based on the selected line. Click here for more information on Line Alerts.
Add to Toolbar: Click this action to add the Gann Box to your custom toolbar.
Apply Settings to All: When multiple Gann Boxes 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 changing colours - as this allows all the other Gann Boxes in the chart, page or entire workbook to be updated instantly.
Copy Tool: Allows the selected tool to be copied, 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 lines of the tool are displaying in front of other tools or indicators clicking this action will move the lines view to the background.
Move to Front: If the lines of the tool are displaying behind other tools or indicators on the chart, clicking this action will bring the lines to the forefront.
Price Flip: Duplicates the Gann Box horizontally using the same settings as the original. Click this action at the top edge of the box to flip above the original, and at the bottom edge to flip below.
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.
Reverse the Tool: Creates a Gann Box to the left of the original using the same settings.
Save Settings as Default: If you have adjusted any of the tool's properties (such as the colour) you can save the adjustments as your new default setting. Each time you subsequently apply the tool to a chart it will display using the new settings.
Scale: Click to resize the selected Gann Box (eg enter 2 to double the size).
Time Flip: Duplicates the Gann Box using the same settings as the original. Click this action at the left edge of the box to flip to the left of the original, and at the right edge to flip to the right.
Delete: Deletes the Gann Box from the chart.
Tool Name: Allows for the name of the tool to be changed, as displayed in the Structure Panel.
Overlays: This option is used to divide the box into thirds and/or eighths. When applied, you are able to adjust the line styles, colours, and width in the drop-down box.
Gann Box Type: This determines how the box is drawn. The options are Traditional, Empty Box, Crossed Box, or Full Gann Box.
Values: Shows the starting and ending prices and dates of the box. Changing these values will automatically reposition the box.
Extend Lines: Check this box to automatically extend the angle lines from the point of origin.
Line Styles: The Line Styles property allows you to adjust the type of lines, their width, and colours. There are 8 styles available: Solid, Dots, Dash, Dash Dots, Long Dash, Long Dash Dot, Long Dash Dot Dot. The line widths can be increased by moving the slider bar to the right and Stippled.
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.