Why Excel?

Microsoft Excel is widely known and believed to be the De-facto standard for spreadsheet software, and enables the creator to provide a reliable and modifiable platform for its users.

The TJS also incorporates an extensive amount of vba coding to provide the type of features and functionality found in the TJS Elite products, which other spreadsheet applications will not be able to read.

What version of Excel can I use?

As long as you have one of the following versions of Microsoft Office (Excel) on your computer, you should have no issue using the TJS products *

  • 2007 Windows (fully updated to SP3)
  • 2010 Windows
  • 2011 Mac
  • 2013 – Windows (2013 faq)
  • 2016 – Windows / Mac **
  • Office 365 – Windows / Mac ** (365 faq)

* Free “online” versions have limited functionality and will not work for the TJS product.

** Some Mac users (not all) have issues displaying images in Excel 2016. If this is the case, please request a modified “Mac” file.

Note: If you plan to use any of the following spreadsheet applications (please do not purchase):

Open Office,  Google,  Corel Quattro,  MS Works,  NeoOffice,  Apple Numbers,  MS Excel 2003 or 2008, or any ‘free’ online Office products.

They will not have the functionality needed to use the TJS product as intended. Please know, we cannot refund any product purchase that our processor states has been downloaded. Our advice is to not purchase unless you have, or intend to use one of the Excel applications listed in the bullet-points (above), as we are not able to troubleshoot issues that will arise from using other spreadsheet programs.


Is the TJS easy to operate?

Yes, it really is simple. Start by customizing the Performance-tracking categories in your Tracking sheet. Basically, you tell it what to ‘track’ based on what you deem most important to you and your trading business. Then, record your trades in the TJS TradingLog. All columns are clearly formatted with instructions on exactly what to enter. After a trade has been closed, the TJS Tracking sheet will populate, displaying vital information about your progress in each of your (customizable) Performance-tracking categories.

“Getting Started Slideshow” link is included in each product file and will serve you well in getting acquainted with the product and its various sheets. Also, “Read-me” messages are located in strategic locations throughout the workbook, and…

If you find yourself needing additional support, We’re here… Just “call”,contactor “email” us!


Can I enter screenshot images?

Yes, and we highly recommend it. You can either use your own screenshot utility (like Snag-it), or use the handy TJS chart/image maker.

Also, at TJS we go a step further. We’ve created the TJS Trade Summary sheet, which will take your screenshot image and display it below your pertinent trade data. This allows you to review each and every trade in one convenient location, without having to scroll through your data.

Not only that, but the print-parameters are preset, so if you wish to print your trade data, it’s easily done with just a couple clicks of the mouse.


Can I use TJS on my multiple computers?

Yes! Quick and easy instructions are included in the “Thank You” email that is sent shortly after purchase.*

You can also use a service like www.Dropbox.com to have your TJS Trading Spreadsheet stored in the ‘Cloud’ and automatically backed-up and ‘synced’ between your computers.

It’s free for up to 2GB ! Plus, get an additional 500MB when clicking the link above.

*  Please note, if your multiple computers are both a (Windows and a Mac), we cannot guarantee that you will be able to share your file between the two different platforms, as there are too many variables that exist that may prevent this from happening.

Some users have no issue with this, while other simultaneous (Window & Mac users) have received the registration error when accessing their TJS on the 2nd computer — the 1st being the computer the TJS was originally downloaded on.



Can I use TJS on my: Laptop, Mobile phone or Tablet?


Yes, however, smaller screen sizes (and/or) lower resolutions settings may require some simple page optimizing for best view-ability. Using Excel’s “zoom” function is usually all that is needed. There should be no instances where you cannot use the TJS on your laptop as long as you have Excel loaded on it.

Mobile / Tablet:

As of this writing, Excel does not have a full-featured Excel app for Mobile phones or Tablets. Unfortunately, vba coding and advanced Excel functions are needed to produce the type of enhanced usability the TJS has to offer.

Microsoft Surface:

You will need the Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3. The Surface RT will not support the full version of Excel / Office, thus will not be able to run the TJS product.


Does the TJS reside on my own hard-drive?

TJS is a Microsoft Excel file that can reside either on your own hard-drive, or a “Cloud” based storage drive (or both!). We personally use a (backup/syncing) service called www.Dropbox.com for access from any computer running Excel – free for up to 2GB, plus get an additional 500MB when clicking the link above.

This means the product file is yours to keep, always. No logging in or uploading file data is necessary with the TJS.


What about customer service / support?

We take great pride in making sure each and every client is completely satisfied, which is why you can always expect excellent customer support from TJS.

Feel free to read Reviews from happy TJS users around the world. “Phone”, “Live Chat” and “Screen-sharing” app’s are commonly used to make sure all answers and requests are promptly handled.


Broker import, or Manual entry

Why traders should be manually entering their trades

The TJS product is unique in that it summarizes your trade information into multiple Performance-tracking categories (modifiable by you). Broker export files are not in an organized format conducive to trade-tracking. To get the type of analysis the TJS offers, a manual input of your trade information is necessary. Thus, (unless you use Ninja trader), the TJS does not have the capability to import from your Broker or trading Platform. 

Here’s how one user states it when experiencing the TJS after using another competing product.

“I tried subscribing to some online trade-tracking sites but there is nothing like taking the time to manually record your trades to really understand your game.” ~ Simon Smith, Canada

While we understand that searching for products that provide shortcuts with trade importing can be enticing, it does come with a price… prized expert analysis and highly personalized trade data.

The TJS looks to make it compelling for traders to go in-depth with each trade. However, broker export data will not have the psychological details and specific notes to do so. With this data, the TJS can give you a comprehensive Trade Summary for each trade. All of this serves to provide an ideal post trade review. 

If you wish to become a better more adept trader, you’ll need to remember the details of each trade. The TJS can help you remember these details with the included “Trade Sheet”. Its purpose allows the trader to jot down the notes of their trades, helping them to remember the details without having to keep their trading journal open during trading hours.

  • If a trader relies on downloading information from his broker, he is apt to doing so at a time where all is forgotten, which voids the purpose of a professional journal.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana.

Also, please know that anytime there is a 3rd party service involved, troubleshooting issues are at risk. If using a trading journal product that relies on the importing of data, the product may be at risk anytime the broker/platform owner chooses to update their own software. If the developer of your journaling product is no longer around, or is slow in responding to these changes, your trade-tracking efforts will suffer.


Does the TJS use a Data-feed for prices?

Please know, the TJS is not a price updating service, rather a trade-tracking journal specifically created to provide pertinent analysis for your Closed trades. Thus, there would be no need to have constantly updating prices in a trade-tracking  journal. We believe our efforts are better spent on improving the trade-tracking experience without adding to the complexity of the product via unreliable add-on (data-feed) services.

Please know, since the TJS workbook is protected (in accordance with the EULA), it will not be possible for the end user to add an outside data source to their TJS file.

Also, the TJS offers products for all the various markets around the world, of which plug-ins are not available for, or are prone to becoming troubleshooting nightmares. In an attempt to having a consistent product line experience, it would not make sense trying to incorporate a data-feed for one product when not available for the other markets.

All the TJS wants to see, to provide you with the best trading analysis, is a Gross P&L — which is achieved by a closing Exit Price, or a manual Profit/Loss entry.

Temporary prices can always be entered in the Exit Price column to view your current P&L.


What about refunds?

The Trading Journal Spreadsheet business is that of supplying software, that once downloaded, cannot be returned. Due to a lack of security and protection with Excel files, and to protect the intellectual property rights of the creator; we don’t give refunds if you simply change your mind or make a wrong decision.

Please review all products carefully before committing to purchase, or contact us with questions first.

You can choose a refund if the product is wrongly described, or doesn’t do what it is designed and marketed for… (Recording and Analyzing your trade data), or there are technical issues with the product that cannot be resolved.

Please know that we will do everything possible to make sure you are happy and satisfied with your purchase, both now and into the future!  View the Satisfaction Guarantee.


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