Thinkorswim Scans Beginner to Advanced 32

Complete coverage of all the latest tools and gadgets available for Thinkorswim scans

The Thinkorswim platform has an extremely robust set of useful tools and gadgets. However for even the most tech savvy, seasoned user the available options can be completely overwhelming. Thinkorswim Scans Beginner to Advanced is designed to get you fully up to speed. Before you know it you will be creating your own advanced custom scans and dreaming of new ways to use the tools available to you.

Don’t worry about a thing. We are here to walk you through each and every item step-by-step. We cover the most basic concepts as well as the most advanced. There is something in this video for everyone.

Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable. There is a lot of material to cover and Thinkorswim Scans Beginner to Advanced does not take any shortcuts. If you don’t have time for the entire video in one sitting we are providing you an index showing where you can find the starting point for each of the major topics included. Just check the table below and locate an area of particular interest. The time stamp in the right-hand column will take you straight to the starting point of the topic you select.

Want to learn more?

We have published several free tutorials showing how to create and modify custom scans. You can see a complete list of videos on this topic by viewing the menu in the left-had sidebar. One of the best videos to view after watching this one is our video titled Thinkorswim Condition Wizard. This video shows how to use the Condition Wizard to create your own custom Study Filters without having to learn one thing about writing code.

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32 thoughts on “Thinkorswim Scans Beginner to Advanced

  • Henry Chumba

    I have a script for Volatility stop indicator. It paints red dot when bearish and green dots when bullish. I would like if possible for someone to add some code line so that instead of showing as dotted lines it is a bar or column. Above Zero line on column/bar it will paint green for bullish and below zero line column/bar it will paint Red for bearish. The point here is i want to use this script like TTM squeeze by John carter.

    • Pete Hahn Post author

      This is way beyond the scope of any solution we can provide in the comments section of a video. I suggest you spend some time browsing existing solutions in the Q&A Forum. If you cannot get it worked out on your own you may consider submitting this a a custom project request if you are willing to pay for a professional solution.

  • safa

    looking for custom and configured MACD and Stochs Divergence that works on TOS color coded Watch list for Forex Scanner/Screener, also works on custom minutes like 11 minutes and have alert

    • Pete Hahn Post author

      You will not find a solution for this on the current version of Thinkorswim.
      1. Custom time frames are not currently supported for custom watchlist columns.
      2. Alerts cannot be triggered by any code we can add to a custom watchlist column.
      You will need to move to TradeStation to find support for each of these elements. Then you will need to pay a developer to build it. Oh wait, our premium divergence indicators for TradeStation already do all of this? Check out the demo video:

    • safa

      Thank you for your reply!
      Tradestation currently do not have a Forex product on their platform.
      is their at least a code can be added to TOS watchlist and show Stochs and MACD divergence as a color coded.

      • Pete Hahn Post author

        I can plot Forex symbols TradeStation. Not sure about placing trades because I have never traded Forex. But TradeStation likely provides that functionality through one of their partners. At this time I do not have anything to display divergence on a watchlist in Thinkorswim.

  • Robert

    Hello. I am interested in a scanner that has the sma20 cross the sma100 within 3 bars. i watched your video and followed it, but in real time it is not working properly or they are only finding low volume stocks. Also, my watch list is not updating the changes and still shows prior stocks that no longer qualify for the exact criteria.

    • Pete Hahn Post author

      You will need to post this question in the Q&A Forum were you can provide a screenshot showing your attempted solution. Totally impossible to advise you any further without that.

  • Bruce Levin

    I’m interested in creating an indicator that shows the average of an RSI and then having a scan that shows when the RSI crosses above or below that average. Your videos are great, but I can’t figure out how to do what I’m trying to do.

    • Pete Hahn Post author

      You will not be able to do this by using only the Condition Wizard. The only way to do this on Thinkorswim is to copy the code from the RSI study into your own custom study. Then compute the moving average of the RSI within that custom study. I checked the Q&A Forum but I did not see that this has requested this yet.

  • nicolobruno

    Hi Pete, In looking at the “Thinkorswim Scans Beginner to Advanced” Video I noticed you had your own personal scans that you have put in your watchlist. Can you let us know the criteria you may have used to generate these watchlists, and what those watchlists are looking for.

    I am not asking for the actual stocks in your watchlists that might be your favorite, because that is personal to you.

    I have looked at several of your detailed videos and the are very informative with great explanations.

    Thank you for all of your expertise and the time you spend putting all this together and making it available.

    Nicolo Bruno

    • Pete Hahn Post author

      Most of the scans you see listed in my library were created for clients. I don’t really use this much for my own purposes. The disclaimer at the beginning of each video is the real deal. I am only a software developer. One who happens to know a great deal about financial markets and trading platforms.

  • fredi

    I am thankful for people like yourself who are so knowledgeable AND that share their knowledge. Your videos are the only resource I can find for being able to start to use the advanced features in TOS that really go in depth and explain so clearly. Because of your videos: I figured out how to make semi-auto trades for when I am watching a stock looking for a particular setup, I have created dynamic watchlist columns that give me a “true” value for my time frames that let me know at a glance when they have moved above a certain point or out of it, and best of all, I have made my own strategy that not only gives me a visual buy and sell on all of my time frames with a report on its success but I recently learned how to change the period of reporting for the strategy report. I am still learning but don’t know where else I would have gotten such help to do those things. Thanks!.

    • Pete Hahn Post author

      Thank you very much for taking the time to provide this detailed feedback explaining all of the things you have been able to learn and apply by viewing our free video tutorials. I am always very excited to get feedback like this. I helps me to know I am hitting my marks. Take care, and best of luck to your in your trading!

  • James

    Thank you, Pete. You are truly a godsend to noobs like us who know nuts about tech stuff like this. This video is a huge help to people like me who have just started with thinkorswim. Again, much thanks and appreciation for your effort.

  • Lakshmi J

    Thank you for this content Peter. I did not know a lot of the stuff you covered in this today and was actively looking to subscribe to something like or Do you think these two that I listed have features that are much richer than what ToS offers out-of-the-box?