Thinkorswim Scan Tutorials

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Tutorial Videos for Thinkorswim Scans

A collection of videos and articles providing instruction on how to build and modify custom Thinkorswim Scans. You are encouraged to use the left side-menu to navigate among topics that interest you. (view as desktop for best experience) The left side-menu will help you keep track of where you are, and which content you have already viewed.

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Listed below you will find all the videos and articles included in the TOS Scans category.


Thinkorswim Scan Volume Profile 9

This video shows you how to run a custom scan using Volume Profile to identify 4 separate signals commonly used by Profile traders. Both long a short signals are included. This scan projects the Volume Profile from the prior period into the current one. It then uses the Value Area to locate tradable opportunities commonly used by Profile traders.

Thinkorswim Scan Volume Profile

Thinkorswim Scan Relative Strength

Thinkorswim Scan Relative Strength 16

Easily find stocks that are trending stronger or weaker than the index. Catch stocks as they make their first transition from under-perform to over-perform. Find out where the big money is reallocating their holdings.


Thinkorswim Scan Ichimoku 19

Free custom code linked below. Based on the Ichimoku study, this code will let you scan for Cloud Breakouts as well as Trend Continuation signals. The signals are crafted to mirror the techniques taught by Hubert Senters (videos linked below).

Thinkorswim Scan Ichimoku

Thinkorswim Scan SLM Ribbon

Thinkorswim Scan SLM Ribbons 5

An indicator presented on TastyTrade and written by Slim of askslim.com. Prompted by a viewer’s request, this video demonstrates how to use the momentum portion of the SLM Ribbons study as a filter for long and short entries. Free custom study included in the link below. This video will show you how to use the SLM Ribbons momentum in a custom scan.


Thinkorswim MTF MACD Scan 6

This is just a quick article (no video). I received several requests from viewers to demonstrate how to create a custom scan based on the Multi Time-Frame MACD indicator. This MTF MACD indicator is available free via the link embedded in the video located HERE, in a post called Thinkorswim MTF MACD Indicator. You will not need the indicator to build this scan, but be sure to go get it so you can plot it on your charts.

Thinkorswim MTF MACD Indicator

Thinkorswim Historical Implied Volatility

Thinkorswim Historical Implied Volatility 4

Free indicator included, linked below. Plot both the Historical and Implied Volatility together in the same subgraph of a stock chart. Clearly see where crossovers occur. Use this free indicator in a custom scan. Step-by-step instructions in the video show how to run three different kinds of scans from this one indicator.


Thinkorswim Scan MACD RSI Part Two 9

Based on a viewer’s request, this video takes the original MACD RSI Scan to new territory. Two custom indicators are included. One is linked below, the other is linked within the video. The original code for the MACD RSI Scan is used to create a full featured indicator that plots on the price graph. It has built in alerts, both audible and visual. It has many adjustable parameters for customization.

Thinkorswim Scan MACD RSI Part Two