How To Free Draw On TradingView – A Complete Guide

One of TradingView’s most versatile features is the free draw tool allowing custom annotations directly on charts. But how exactly do you access and use free draw to enhance your analysis?

In this guide, we’ll cover how to find the drawing tool, the different shapes and options, creative ways to use drawings, and best practices for organized annotations. Follow along to master the art of free drawing on TradingView!

Whether you trade stocks, crypto, forex, or futures – free draw unlocks clarity and creativity. Let’s dive in!

How To Free Draw On Tradingview

Introducing Free Draw for Flexible Annotations

Before jumping into the functionality, let’s briefly introduce free draw:

  • Accessed under the Drawings tab on desktop or by tapping the drawing icon on mobile
  • Allows inserting shapes, text, and more anywhere on the chart
  • Completely customized annotations tailored to your process
  • Drawings attached to specific chart panels rather than global
  • Endlessly flexible compared to fixed drawing tools

Now let’s look at tapping into this versatile tool.

Step-By-Step Guide to Accessing Free Draw

Accessing free draw to start customizing your charts is simple:


  1. Select the Drawing Tools tab from the top toolbar
  2. Choose the Free Draw button from the left drawing tools list
  3. Click or drag anywhere on the chart to begin drawing


  1. Tap the Draw icon to open annotations menu
  2. Choose Free Draw from the toolbar at the bottom
  3. Tap or drag on the chart area to start your drawing

The free draw interface will open, allowing you to begin annotating the chart!

Creating Drawings, Shapes, and Text

Once in free draw mode, feel free to:

  • Click or drag to draw various shapes and lines
  • Right click to change drawings from lines to shapes
  • Double click into text boxes to type annotations directly on chart
  • Click the cog icon to change drawing settings like color and thickness

Get creative enhancing your charts with custom drawings!

Saving and Organizing Your Drawings

To save and manage your free draw annotations:

  • Click the Drawings tab to access your chart’s drawings
  • Use the info icon to rename and organize drawings into folders
  • Star important drawings so they’re easily accessible
  • Toggle visibility to declutter chart as needed

Thoughtful organization keeps useful context top of mind.

Using Free Draw for Analysis and Idea Tracking

Beyond basic shapes and notes, free draw empowers unique workflows:

  • Annotate chart patterns as you spot them for quick reference
  • Draw support/resistance levels directly on chart
  • Illustrate ascending channels, flags, wedge patterns as they form
  • Label peaks and troughs or numeric target prices
  • Track developing hypotheses and invalidated ideas over time

Free draw stimulates analytical creativity on your charts!

Tips for Effective Annotation

When drawing on your TradingView charts:

  • Use legible fonts/text sizes so annotations are readable
  • Color code insights by category like targets, invalidation levels, etc
  • Maintain organized folders so drawings don’t clutter the chart
  • Standardize drawing styles across your charts for consistency
  • Don’t overlap key price levels – shift annotations away from candles

Clean, consistent drawings augment analysis.

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Troubleshooting Free Draw Issues

Here are solutions to some common free draw problems:

Can’t get markings to align? Tap chart twice to engage cursor snapping to price.

How do I delete drawings? Use the Drawings tab or click the dustbin icon.

Annotations not displaying? Ensure the Drawings tab is enabled for that chart.

Drawings not updating? Disable and re-enable the Drawing Tools to reset.

Reach out to their support forums or help center with other issues!

Unlocking the Potential of Custom Charts

I hope this guide empowers you to make your TradingView charts uniquely yours through creative free drawing.

Visually enhancing your analysis process, tracking hypotheses, and documenting trade ideas will boost strategy development.

Let me know if you have any other questions about free draw annotations and happy charting!

Author: Dominic Walsh

I am a highly regarded trader, author & coach with over 16 years of experience trading financial markets. Today I am recognized by many as a forex strategy developer. After starting blogging in 2014, I became one of the world's most widely followed forex trading coaches, with a monthly readership of more than 40,000 traders! Make sure to follow me on social media: Instagram | Facebook | Linkedin | Youtube| Twitter | Pinterest | Medium | Quora | Reddit | Telegram Channel

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