In this article, I will show you how to configure TradingView dark theme so that you can go from a boring view like this:
to what I think is much sexier. A view like this:
Now, not everybody likes to have a dark theme. But if you’re using TradingView and you have been wondering how you can have a cool, dark theme, which I call the “CNN style,” I’ll show you right now how to do this.
I assume that you already have TradingView, if not you can visit TradingView.com to sign up. It’s basically free, or you can sign up for a more expensive version, but you really don’t need this.
Where To Find The TradingView Dark Theme Setting
Out of the box it pretty much looks like this:
On this particular version here, I’ve already added a few custom indicators at the bottom, and we’ll talk about more of what these custom indicators are.
But right now I want to switch this to a much cooler dark theme. How do you do this?
First, you will see in the upper left that you have this hamburger, these three lines (shown above).
Click on this, and then switch on the “Dark color theme” option in the menu that pops up.
This is already starting to look much better, isn’t it? So now you have a darker theme, but again, it’s not everybody’s cup of tea.
Other Settings To Change
Here are a few other things that I like to do. At the top you will see a little gear icon:
You want to push this, and then I want to show you how exactly I’m customizing my charts.
First of all, I’m clicking on “Symbol,” and the first thing that I deactivate is “Thin Bars.” I do not like to have thin bars. And let me show you what exactly this does when we are deactivating this.
As long as this is activated, as you’re zooming out, all of these bars are very, very thin. And for me, it’s pretty hard to read.
Once you go deactivate the thin bars here’s what’s happening.
As you’re zooming out, the bars are getting thinner. As you’re zooming in, the bars are getting thicker. I already like this. So this is the first thing that I like to do here.
The second thing, if we go here to “Appearance” there are a few things that I like to do. The first thing that I like to do is to show “session breaks.”
I activate this because this way, when you’re switching to a smaller time frame, which I’ll show you in a moment, you see where the day starts and where the day ends.
Let me show you exactly what this does.
So let’s say we are here on the Nasdaq, and we’re switching to a five-minute chart. When you have these session breaks activated, these cool little lines show you where we started today, and in this example I’ve been going sideways. I like these session breaks.
Let’s go back to the settings and let’s take a look at a few more cool things.
The other thing that I like to do is add a watermark. By adding the watermark, you see it here in the background, it actually shows you what symbol you are viewing. It shows you on the chart that you’re right now looking at the NDX index.
Another thing that I like to do here is increase the transparency. When you set it to 80 percent it makes things easier to see.
It doesn’t really matter if you’re looking at Tesla, or if you’re looking at Apple, this way you see the symbol, you see what timeframe you are using, and you see the name of the company.
And again, if you don’t like this, you can just omit it and don’t have to worry about this.
The other thing that’s really important to me as I am getting older is, I don’t like these small fonts.
Here you can increase the “scales text.” I like to change this from a font setting of 12 to probably 20. As I do this, the scales get bigger and smaller making it super easy to read.
Adding The PowerX Strategy Bars
Another thing that I personally like to do is apply the PowerX Strategy bars.
In order to do this, instead of having the normal bars I’m switching the whole chart to an area chart, and then I’m activating the PowerX Strategy. Now the bars are colored in green and red based on the PowerX Strategy that I like to use.
Now, it already comes with a fairly nice shading in the background, but we can make this even cooler.
Because now when we go on a symbol, you see that we have the fill color, and we can again change the opacity. I personally prefer this blue, and I usually change it here to 75 or 80 percent because I think that this is a pretty cool look here.
These are a few things that you can do to have a cool “CNN style” dark theme in TradingView. Now the important thing is, you want to make sure that you’re saving your settings.
Once you’ve figured out the ideal settings that you really like, save them. You can do this right in the settings. You’ll see that there are already default templates like black, blue, grey and white, and you can add your own.
So these are the settings that I use to go from a pretty boring layout to a much cooler, dark theme.
The only thing you may have seen that I didn’t go over is that I have the volume bars switched on. If this were of interest of you, you can simply display the volume bars.
I hope that you found this helpful. If you would like to know how I personally trade these crazy markets, here are 2 videos for you:
One of them is explaining the “PowerX Strategy.“
The other one is explaining “The Wheel Strategy” in detail.
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