MetaTrader 5 Help

Chart Management

This section provides information about how to manage charts in the trading platform.

Chart Managing Using the Context Menu and the "Chart" Menu #

Commands in these menus are identical (except for "Save As Picture" and "Delete Indicators Window" that are available only in the context menu) and allow to manage chart settings:

  • Trading — open the menu of trading operations for the symbol of the chart: placing stop levels or pending orders.
  • Depth of Market Depth Of Market — open the Depth of Market of the current chart's symbol.
  • List of indicators Indicator List — open the "Indicator List" window for managing indicators running on the chart.
  • Objects — open the objects control submenu:
  • List of objects Object List — open the "Object List" to manage objects on the chart.
  • Delete Last — delete the last added object.
  • Delete All Selected Delete All Selected — delete all selected objects.
  • Delete All Arrows Delete All Arrows — delete all arrows belonging to the Arrows group.
  • Delete All — delete all objects from the current chart;
  • Unselect All — unselect all objects on the chart.
  • Unselect — unselect the selected object.
  • Undo Delete Undo Delete — restore the last deleted object.
  • List of Expert Advisors Expert List— open the "Expert List" window to manage Expert Advisors running on the chart.
  • Bar chart Bar chart — show the chart as a sequence of bars.
  • Candlesticks Candlestick — show the chart as a sequence of Japanese candlesticks.
  • Line Chart Line — show the chart as a broken line that connects close prices of bars.
  • Timeframes — select the chart timeframe. A click on this item opens a sub menu, where you can select one of the available timeframes.
  • Templates — managing chart templates.
  • Refresh Refresh — refresh the chart window. When you refresh the chart, the price data displayed on it are also recalculated based on one-minute data stored on the computer.
  • Docked Dockeddock/undock the chart window from the main platform window.
  • Toolbar — show/hide the toolbar in the chart window. The command is only available for the charts, which were detached from the main platform window.
  • Grid Grid — show/hide grid on the chart.
  • Auto Scroll Auto Scroll — enable/disable automatic chart scrolling to its beginning when new ticks are received.
  • Chart Shift Chart Shift — enable/disable chart shift from the right side of the window.
  • One Click Trading One Click Trading — show/hide the one click trading panel on the chart.
  • Volumes Volumes — show/hide real trade volumes for the charts of exchange instruments.
  • Tick Volumes Tick Volumes — show/hide tick volumes for the charts of Forex instruments.
  • Zoom In Zoom In — zoom in the chart.
  • Zoom Out Zoom Out — zoom out the chart.
  • Delete Indicators Window Delete Indicator Window — delete the indicator subwindow. This command is only available in the context menu when called from the subwindow, in which the indicator is opened.
  • Step by Step Step by Step — move the chart bar by bar from right to left. This function is only available when the autoscroll feature is disabled.
  • Save As Picture Save As Picture — save the chart as a picture in a *.png file. This command also allows to immediately publish a screenshot of the chart online using a special service of the MQL5.community site and share it with other traders. See "Publishing Charts Online" for details.
  • Properties Properties — open the chart properties managing window.

Chart Managing Using a Mouse #

A chart can be managed using a mouse:

  • click-and-hold anywhere in the chart window and then move the cursor horizontally to scroll the chart;
  • click-and-hold on the vertical scale of the chart and move the cursor vertically to change the vertical scale of the chart; double-click on the vertical scale of the chart to restore the chart scale;
  • click-and-hold on the horizontal chart scale (anywhere outside the fast navigation bar) and move the cursor horizontally to change the chart scale;
  • right-click anywhere in the chart window to open the context menu of the chart (see below);
  • double-click on the elements of technical indicators (lines, signs, histogram bars, etc.) to call the indicator setup window;
  • right-click on elements of a technical indicator to call the context menu of the indicator;
  • depending on the platform settings, a single or a double click on an object (line studies, text or arrow) selects the object;
  • click-and-hold the selected object and drag to move it;
  • Ctrl + left-clicking on a selected trend line and then moving the cursor allows to draw a parallel trend line (create a channel);
  • hold down Ctrl and scroll the mouse wheel to scale the chart;
  • click with the mouse wheel on a chart tab in the switch panel closes the chart;
  • middle-click on the chart window to switch the cursor to the "crosshair" mode;
  • right-click on a selected object to open its context menu;
  • point your mouse to the Close price of a bar or to an element of an object or indicator to call a prompt.

Chart Managing from Keyboard #

Various chart manipulations can be performed using certain keys and key combinations:

  • Home — move the chart to the last bar;
  • End — move the chart to the first bar;
  • Page Up — move the chart at a one-window distance back;
  • Page Down — move the chart at a one-window distance forward;
  • Ctrl+I — open the window containing the list of indicators;
  • Ctrl+B — open the window containing the list of objects;
  • Alt+1 — show the chart as a sequence of bars;
  • Alt+2 — show the chart as a sequence of Japanese candlesticks;
  • Alt+3 — show the chart as a broken line that connects the Close prices of bars;
  • Ctrl+G — show/hide grid in the chart window;
  • "+" — zoom in the chart;
  • "-" — zoom out the chart;
  • F12 — scroll the chart step by step (bar by bar);
  • F8 — open the properties window;
  • Backspace — delete the last added object from the chart;
  • Delete — delete all selected objects;
  • Ctrl+Z — cancel deletion of the last object.

Fixed Chart Position #

Every chart has an icon — a gray triangle located in the bottom left corner of the window by default. Move the triangle on any bar to lock its position on the chart:

Fixed chart position

The selected bar stays in this position when you zoom the chart. The position stays fixed until you change the chart timeframe.