About Scanner

The Scanner feature is a tool that scans the entire universe of symbols to find those that meet your criteria. You can run a scan using quote fields, fundamental quote fields, Indicators, ShowMe studies, and/or PaintBar studies using multiple intervals from tick to monthly. Using the Scanner options, you will be able to create and organize scans and have the ability to contain multiple scanner windows displaying results from the latest scan run.

In addition, the Scanner window has the capability to be linked by a symbol to any window so that you will be able to quickly click through the scan results to view a chart of the symbols. You will also be able to click on a symbol in the Scanner and have the symbol link with the Trade Bar to quickly place an order.

Once the TradeStation Scanner window is displayed, the LaunchPad provides shortcut to multiple scanner actions. These actions can be found in the Scanner toolbar.

To create a Scanner window, click the Scanner icon ifrom the Apps tab, or use the Main File > New Application > Scanner menu sequence. A new Scanner window is displayed.


Toolbar - Provides command icons and drop-down menus that control the features and settings of the window.

Scan pane - Displays a listing of all available scans with information regarding those scans.

Scans within a folder will be ordered by the sort setting which can be set by clicking on the column header. Scan results (historical scan runs) within a scan folder will always be ordered by Last Run Date/Time from newest to oldest. In addition, by using the drag and drop method, you will be able to move scans between folders. The columns in the Scan pane can be customized by adding and/or deleting column headings.

  • Add - Launches the Add Scan Wizard and the scan will be created in the selected folder or in the root if no folder is selected.
  • Customize - Displays the Customize Scan window for the selected scan. This button will be grayed out if no scan folder or historical scan result file is selected.
  • Run - Runs the selected scan. Run will be disabled if you do not select a scan folder or historical scan result file.

Results pane - Displays the results for the selected scan, as well as any error logs and scan settings.

The column headings can be sorted and customized by adding and/or deleting column headings.

Tab Description
Results The Results tab displays the results for the selected scan. When a scan is run, the results will be saved and automatically applied to new runs. Therefore, any scans you run and then customize the column layout and the size of the columns, the customizing will be saved with the scan. If the user changes the scan criteria, then the column layout will revert back to the defaults. If no scan or folder with no scan is selected in the Scan pan, the results tab will display the "Getting Started" message.
Added/Dropped Displays all symbols that have been added or dropped since the previous scan's run.  
Settings Displays the settings that were used in the scan at the time the scan was run. This is important when looking at older scan results for a scan that may have been modified over time.
Log Displays the status messages as they occur for the selected scan.
Related Topics

Creating a New Scan

Adding a TradeStation Sample Scan

Customizing Scanner Settings

Adding, Renaming, or Deleting a Scan folder

Renaming or Deleting a Scan

Setting Scanner Preferences

Scanner Shortcut Options

Printing Windows and Documents

Advanced Scanning Features