MetaTrader 4 Fast Navigation

MetaTrader 4 Fast Navigation

This lesson will cover the following

  • Fast Navigation Box
  • Hot Keys

The MetaTrader 4 platform, given its software power, naturally offers ways to avoid mouse-clicking in order to execute each command. This can be done by either using the Fast Navigation Box, or, just like the operating system on your home PC, by pressing hot keys or hot key combinations.

Fast Navigation Box

The fast navigation box is used for quick switching between charts and between chart periods, as well as to quickly scroll the chart to a selected date. The box can be brought up either by hitting the Enter key on the keyboard, or by scrolling to the lower left corner of the chart and double-clicking the left mouse button. Here is where the box appears in the platform.

Fast navigation box

There are six types of commands that can be executed through the fast navigation box.

– Switch the security being displayed. This is done by typing its symbol, for example USDCAD or EURUSD.

– Change the chart time frame. This is done by writing the time frame’s symbol, e.g. M1, M5, M15, H1, H4, D1, W1

– Switch both the security and time frame by writing the symbol and the chart period, separating them with a comma, e.g. USDCAD, H1 or EURUSD, D1.

– Jump to a specific time. This is done by writing the exact minute which you want to jump to, e.g. 09:30. Note that the first 0 can be skipped, thus you can write only 9:30.

– Jump to a specific date, by writing the date in the format of DD.MM.YYYY, DD.MM.YY or YYYY.MM.DD. Note that the YY.MM.DD format is not supported.

– Jump to a specific time and date. This is done by using the formats from the two points above, with time always being behind the date, e.g. 15.07.2012 09:30.

Hot keys

Just like your operating system, MetaTrader 4 also allows hot keys to be used in order to speed up operating the terminal. Here is the complete list.

Arrow Left is used to scroll the chart to the left

Arrow Right scrolls the chart to the right

Arrow Up scrolls the chart fast to the left or, if the scale is defined, scrolls the chart up

Arrow Down scrolls the chart fast to the right or, if the scale is defined, scrolls the chart down

Numpad 5 restores the automatic chart vertical scale after it has been changed. If the scale was defined, this hot key will return the chart into the visible range

Page Up scrolls the chart fast to the left

Page Down scrolls the chart fast to the right

Home button moves the chart to the starting point

End key moves the chart to the end point

+ zooms the chart in

zooms the chart out

Delete button deletes all selected graphical objects

Backspace deletes the latest objects added into the chart window

Enter opens/closes the fast navigation box

Esc closes the dialog window

F1 opens up the help menu

F2 opens the “History Center” window

F3 opens the “Global Variables” window

F4 opens the MetaEditor feature

F6 opens the “Tester” window for testing the expert attached to the chart window

F7 opens the properties window of the expert attached to the chart window

F8 calls the chart setup window

F9 opens the “New Order” window

F10 opens the “Popup prices” window;

F11 enables or disables the full screen mode

F12 moves the chart by one bar to the left

Shift+F12 moves the chart by one bar to the right

Shift+F5 switches to the previous profile

Alt+1 switches the chart type to display bars

Alt+2 switches the chart type to display candlesticks

Alt+3 switches the chart type to display a broken line (transform into line chart);

Alt+A copies all test/optimization results into the clipboard

Alt+W brings up the chart managing window

Alt+F4 closes the client terminal

Alt+Backspace or Ctrl+Z undo object deletion

Ctrl+A arranges all indicator windows heights by default

Ctrl+B opens the “Objects List” window

Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert copy to the clipboard

Ctrl+E enables or disables expert advisor

Ctrl+F enables the chart’s Crosshair mode

Ctrl+G shows/hides the grid

Ctrl+H shows/hides the OHLC (Open, High, Low, Close) line

Ctrl+I opens the “Indicators List” window

Ctrl+L shows/hides volumes

Ctrl+P prints the chart

Ctrl+S saves the chart in a file with a “CSV”, “PRN” or “HTM” extension

Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4 close the chart window

Ctrl+Y shows/hides period separators

Ctrl+Z or Alt+Backspace undo the object deletion

Ctrl+D opens/closes the “Data Window”

Ctrl+M opens/closes the “Market Watch” window

Ctrl+N opens/closes the “Navigator” window

Ctrl+O opens the “Setup” window

Ctrl+R opens/closes the “Tester” window

Ctrl+T opens/closes the “Terminal” window

Ctrl+F5 switches to the next profile

Ctrl+F6 activates the next chart window

Ctrl+F9 opens the “Terminal Trade” window and switches the focus to it. After this, the trading activities can be managed with keyboard.