Best MT4 shortcuts and tips: Trade like a professional analyst


MetaTrader 4 is one of the most popular Forex trading platforms. We found out the Best MT4 shortcuts and tips that will help you optimize your trading routine! 

AtoZForex Even though Forex traders can now use MetaTrader 5, some of them still prefer MetaTrader 4. There are many reasons why Forex traders tend to stick with the older version of the trading platform. One of such – brokers’ sluggishness to switch to the new platform.

Best MT4 shortcuts and tips

Best MT4 shortcuts and tips

Moreover, some of the MetaTrader 4 users say that after using the platform for many years, they still find out new ways and hacks on how to make better use of it. Today, we will talk about how you can get the best out of your Metatrader 4 platform. We will discuss Best MT4 shortcuts and tips from Forex industry Gurus.

MT4 Navigation hacks

  • In order to move forward or back in time, you need to roll your mouse wheel up or down, respectively.
  • In order to move forward or back in time the entire screen, use the Page Up and Page Down
  • For moving to the most recent price on your chart, press End
  • In order to move forward in time one bar at a time, while still looking at the historical data, press F12. This tip might be useful for the ones, who learn how to read the market movements. Moreover, this tip is crucial for strategy development process.
  • Place your mouse cursor on the vertical scale, which is the price. If you click on it, you can shift up and down. This lets you expanding or shrinking the price data displayed. This tip is useful for looking at a target or price outside from the current range of the chart.
  • Place your mouse cursor on the horizontal scale, which reflects the time. If you click on it, you can move it left or right. This allows you to zoom the chart in or out. (This is similar to the click on + or – buttons or keys)
  • If you click two times on the chart, it will relapse to the original scale. Use this in case you have used any of the two tips above.
  • In order to go straight to the specific date, press Enter and then input the date in the following format DD.MM.YY. In case you want to go directly to the specific time, also insert the HH.MM figures.

How to measure distance in MT4?

Did you ever wonder about the length of the last wave or trend? Or maybe you were questioning how many pips are there till where your stop loss or profit target should be placed? Or how many bars there are in every trend cycle?

MetaTrader 4 has a special function for that. The function called “ruler”, and it allows you to easily measure the desirable distances.

  • In order to bring up the crosshairs, click the wheel of your mouse. If you have no mouse wheel, press Ctrl-F. Afterward, in order to measure the distance, hold down the left button of the mouse from a certain point and drag the cursor to another point.

The ruler on the MetaTrader 4 has three different pieces of data with it. The first piece of data stands for the price your mouse cursor is currently at. The following number reflects the number of pips between the first and second point. Bear in mind that most Forex brokers offer fractional pip pricing. Thus, a reading of 53 means 5.3 pips. The last number indicates the price your mouse cursor is currently at.

Please find the screenshot of the MetaTrader 4 ruler below.

Best MT4 shortcuts and tips

The chart above is a GBPUSD daily chart. The ruler extends 16 bars to the right of the original point. Moreover, we can see that the end point of the rules stands 732.3 away from the origin. Finally, the 1.61568 figure stands for the end point of the ruler.

Drawing Tools in MetaTrader 4

  • Firstly, select a trendline. Then, hold down the Ctrl and click on the line with a left button to create a parallel line. This technique is very useful for drawing channels.
  • You can copy any object by clicking on it and then pressing Ctrl+left-click. This tip is very useful, as it saves time. It gives you additional freedom, as you don’t need to remake certain drawing objects. Normally, the copied object will appear right on the top of the former object.
  • In order to edit the properties of the object, double click on it.

How to add one indicator to another?

Next crucial point to remember from the list of the Best MT4 shortcuts and tips is Metatrader 4 “compounding” tool. Some of the Forex Gurus use it to add one indicator to another. In order to successfully put your two indicators together, you will need to add your first indicator to the chart just as you usually do. This is the indicator you want to add to.

For instance, if you want to add Bollinger Bands to RSI, ass the Bollinger Bands first. Afterward, open the Navigator window. Then, find the indicator that you want to add to the other indicator from the drop down list of indicators. Now, drag in onto the indicator on the chart.

Now, you will see the Properties window pop up. Click on the tab Parameters, then click the drop down menu of Apply to and select First Indicator’s Data. Just like this, you add one indicator to another.

Best MT4 shortcuts and tips – HotKeys

Finally, our list of the Best MT4 shortcuts and tips finished with the discussion of the standard Hotkeys in MetaTrader 4. In order to add other hotkeys, experts, or scripts to the standard ones, go to Navigator window and click on any of the options with the right button. Click on the “Set Hotkey.”

The standard Hotkeys in MetaTrader 4:

Left arrow Scroll  left
Right arrow Scroll right
Up arrow Quickly scroll  left, or scroll upwards in case the chart is scaled
Down arrow Quickly scroll  right, or scroll downwards in case the chart is scaled
Numpad 5 Reinstate vertical scale to default
Page Up Scroll an entire screen to the left
Page Down Scroll an entire screen to the right
Home Move the chart to a original point
End Move the chart to most recent point
+ Zoom in
Zoom out
Delete Delete all selected objects
Backspace Delete the object that was added latest
Enter Go directly to a specific time or date for viewing
Esc Close any dialog window
F1 Open the User guide
F2 Open the “History Center” window
F3 Open the “Global Variables” window
F4 Open MetaEditor
F5 Switch to the next profile
F6 Call the “Tester” dialog window in order to test the expert attached to the chart window
F7 Call the “Properties” dialog window of the expert attached to their chart window for changing its settings
F8 Call the “Chart Setup” dialog window, which lets you change basic chart parameters
F9 Call the “New Order” window and choose from entry of market, limit, stop orders
F10 Open the “Popup prices” window
F11 Enable/disable full-screen mode
F12 Scroll one bar to the left
Shift+F12 Scroll  one bar to the right
Shift+F5 Switch to the previous profile
Alt+1 Display the chart as OHLC bars
Alt+2 Display the chart as OHLC candlesticks
Alt+3 Display the chart as a line
Alt+A Duplicate all test/optimization results onto the clipboard
Alt+W Call the “Chart management” window
Alt+F4 Exit the MetaTrader 4 program
Ctrl+A Place all indicator window heights by default
Ctrl+B Call the “Objects List” dialog window
Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert Copy to the clipboard
Ctrl+D Open/close the “Data” Window
Ctrl+E Enable/disable the attached expert advisor
Ctrl+F Switch to Crosshair mode
Ctrl+G Show/hide the vertical/horizontal grid
Ctrl+H Show/hide the OHLC line
Ctrl+I Call the “Indicators List” dialog window
Ctrl+L Show/hide volume data on the main chart
Ctrl+M Open/close the “Market Watch” window
Ctrl+N Open/close the “Navigator” window
Ctrl+O Open the ‘Setup” window
Ctrl+P Print the chart
Ctrl+R Open/close the “Tester” window
Ctrl+S Save the chart prices to any of these file extensions: “CSV”, “PRN” or “HTM”;
Ctrl+T Open/close the “Terminal” window
Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4 Close the chart window that’s currently in focus
Ctrl+Y Show/hide date (period) separators
Ctrl+Z or Alt+Backspace Undo object deletions in the reverse order they occurred
Ctrl+F6 Switch to the next chart window
Ctrl+F9 Open the “Terminal — Trade” window and switch the focus to it. This allows trading operations to be entered via the keyboard

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