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Keyboard Trading in MD Trader

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In addition to click-trading in MD Trader using a mouse, you can use the keyboard to make trades. Enabling keyboard trading provides an alternative for entering orders and does not disable the mouse.

To globally enable keyboard trading, you must enable hotkeys in the Hotkeys tab in the Properties menu.

  1. On the Menu bar, select Setting and click Properties. The Properties menu display.
  2. In the left-column, select Hotkeys.
  3. In the Hotkeys Assignment section, enable the checkbox next to MD Trader.

  4. Optionally, expand the plus sign (+) to configure new hotkeys for each trading action.

In addition to the global functionality, X_TRADER 7.17.30 and higher allows users to enable/disable keyboard trading on individual MD Trader windows as described in the section Keyboard Trading on Individual MD Traders.

Warning: Changing the Global Hotkeys setting does not change the behavior of any opened MD Trader windows.

Keyboard Trading on Individual MD Traders

X_TRADER 7.17.30 and higher include an enhancement that allows users to enable/disable keyboard trading on individual MD Trader windows.

To access the local keyboard trading settings:

  1. Right-click the MD Trader window and select Properties.
  2. In the Order Entry section of the MD Trader property screen, enable/disable the Enable keyboard and function key trading checkbox.

Function Hotkeys

The function hotkeys consist of the Esc and F keys at the top of your keyboard.

TT Default Map

Description

HotkeyCommandDescription

F1

Buy at the Offer

Enter buy order at best offer

Shift+F1

Market Buy

Enter market buy order

F3

Better the Bid

Enter buy order one tick above the best bid

F4

Join the Bid

Enter buy order at best bid

Esc

Delete All

Delete all working orders

F5

Delete All Bids

Delete all bids

F6

Combo Join Bid and Offer

Enter both a buy order at best bid and a sell order at best offer

F7

Better the Bid and Offer

Enter a buy order one tick above the best bid and a sell order one tick below the best offer

F8

Delete All Offers

Delete all offers

F9

Join the Offer

Enter sell order at best offer

F10

Better the Offer

Enter sell order one tick below the best offer

F12

Sell at the Bid

Enter sell order at best bid

Shift+F12

Market Sell

Enter market sell order

Main Hotkeys

The main hotkeys are in the body of your keyboard.

TT Default Map

Description

HotkeyCommandDescription

A

Buy at Buy-Side Cursor

Enter buy order at price of buy-side cursor

S

Delete Bid(s) at Buy-Side Cursor

Delete the working order(s) at price of buy-side cursor

Ctrl+A

Sweep Offers up to Buy-Side Cursor

Enter buy order(s) to sweep the market from inside market up to price of buy-side cursor

D

Increase Buy-Side Cursor

Increase cursor one price level

C

Decrease Buy-Side Cursor

Decrease cursor one price level

E

Center Buy-Side Cursor

Move buy-side cursor to best bid price; if no bids, move cursor to center of grid

Q

Bring Focus to Order Quantity Field

Apply focus to the Order Quantity field

Ctrl+Shift+R

RefreshDepth refresh

P

Load Net Position in Order Quantity Field

Load the current net position into the Order Quantity field

Spacebar

Center the Market

Center the grid on the inside market

Shift+T

Liquidate

Delete all working bids and offers and enter orders to offset position

;

Sell at Sell-Side Cursor

Enter sell order at price of sell-side cursor

L

Delete Sell(s) at Sell-Side Cursor

Delete the working order(s) at price of sell-side cursor

Ctrl+;

Sweep Bids Down to Sell-Side Cursor

Enter sell order(s) to sweep the market from inside market down to price of sell-side cursor

K

Increase Sell-Side Cursor

Increase cursor one price level

M

Decrease Sell-Side Cursor

Decrease cursor one price level

I

Center Sell-Side Cursor

Move sell-side cursor to best offer price; if no offers, move cursor to center of grid

Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader

Keyboard trading is disabled by default.

Notes:

Follow these procedures to enable keyboard trading:

To enable keyboard trading from the global Properties menu:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Settings menu and choose Properties.
  2. Click the Hotkeys tab.
  3. In the Hotkey Assignment section, click to select MD Trader.
  4. Click OK.

Changing Hotkeys in MD Trader

You can change the hotkeys associated with commands in MD Trader using the Hotkeys tab on the Properties menu.

Note: You must enable keyboard trading to use the hotkey commands. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.

To change a hotkey:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Settings menu and choose Properties.
  2. Click the Hotkeys tab.
  3. In the Keyboard Layout field, click to select Custom.
  4. In the Hotkey Assignment section, click MD Trader.
  5. In the Hotkey Assignment section, click the "+" next to MD Trader and select which hotkey to change.
  6. Click in the New Hotkey field.
  7. Type your new hotkey.
  8. Click Assign.

If the hotkey is already assigned to a different command, you are prompted.

Unrestricted Keyboard Functions

Certain keyboard functions can be used with or without enabling keyboard trading.

If you press a key specified below, MD Trader performs the related function:

 

If you press...Then MD Trader...

A numeral key

Note: This does not refer to the number keypad.

Enters the order quantity in the Order Quantity field.

The P keyLoads your current position in the Order Quantity field.
The SpacebarCenters the grid.
The up arrowScrolls the grid up.
The down arrowScrolls the grid down.
The Page Up keyPages up. You may no longer see available prices because it paged up too far.
The Page Down keyPages down. You may no longer see available prices because it paged down too far.

Combo Dime the Bid or Offer Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can combo dime the bid and offer.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

Combo dime the bid or offer:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the F7 key.

MD Trader enters a sell order one tick better than the current best offer in the market and a buy order is sent one tick better than the current best bid price in the market. The quantity sold is based on the amount in the order quantity field or on the preset default order quantity.

Combo Join the Bid and Offer Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can combo join the bid and offer using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

Combo join the bid and offer:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the F6 key.

MD Trader enters a sell order at the current best offer in the market and a buy order is sent at the current best bid price in the market. The quantity sold is based on the amount in the order quantity field or on the preset default order quantity.

Deleting All Orders, Working Bids, or Working Offers Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can delete all orders, working bids, or working offers using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

 

To DeletePress
All ordersShift+Esc
All working bidsShift+V
All working offersShift+N

Dime the Bid Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can dime the bid using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To dime the bid:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the F3 key.

MD Trader enters a buy order one tick above the current best bid in the market.

Dime the Offer Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can dime the offer using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To dime the offer:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the F10 key.

MD Trader enters a sell order one tick below the current best offers in the market.  

Entering a Buy Order Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can enter a buy order using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To enter a buy order:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the D and C keys to select the desired limit price.
  3. Press the Q key to focus keyboard entry on the Order Quantity field.
  4. Type in the desired quantity of the buy order on the keypad.
  5. Press the A key to send the buy order.

Entering a Sell Order Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can enter a sell order using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To enter a sell order:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the K and M keys to select the desired limit price.
  3. Press the Q key to focus keyboard entry on the Order Quantity field.
  4. Type in the desired quantity of the sell order on the keypad.
  5. Press the ; key to send the sell order.

Enter the Order Quantity Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can enter the order quantity using the keyboard.

To enter an order quantity into the Order Quantity field of MD Trader:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press a numeric key on the keyboard.

A cursor appears in the Order Quantity field.

  1. Type the desired quantity.
  2. Press Enter.

Game Pad Control in MD Trader

It is possible with keyboard functionality enabled to use a game pad control, which emulates keyboard key presses. In effect, using a gamepad maps the buttons on the gamepad to specific key strokes on the keyboard which, in turn, are mapped to specific MD Trader functionality. The gamepad plugs into the keyboard port on the workstation.

Warning: Trading Technologies has tested gamepad functionality in connection with keyboard mapping using a product by Suncom. Trading Technologies will not provide instructions on how to set up the gamepad with a keyboard nor does the company support users who do attempt to use this add-on in their trading. Traders wanting to use this functionality are encouraged to contact the gamepad manufacturer for specific instructions on how to connect this add-on to their system.

Hitting the Bid Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can "hit the bid" using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To hit the Bid:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the F12 key.

MD Trader enters a sell order at the current best bid in the market. The quantity sold is based on the amount in the order quantity field or on the preset default order quantity.

Join the Bid Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can join the bid using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To join the bid:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the F4 key.

MD Trader enters a buy order at the current best bid in the market. The quantity sold is based on the amount in the order quantity field or on the preset default order quantity.

Join the Offer Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can join the offer using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To join the offer:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the F9 key.

MD Trader enters a sell order at the current best offer in the market. The quantity sold is based on the traders current position or on the preset default order quantity.

Loading the Net Position in the Order Entry Field Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can load the net position in the Order Entry field using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To load the Net Position in the Order Entry field:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the P key.

The Order Entry field is populated with the net position (in order to go flat in the market).

Sending a Market Order Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can enter a market order using the keyboard.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To send a market order:

  1. Enable keyboard trading. Refer to Enabling Keyboard Trading in MD Trader.
  2. Press the Shift+F1 key.

The only time in force supported is a Good Till Day (GTD) order, and the only order restriction you can use is Immediate or Cancel (IOC), available from the button in MD Trader. The quantity sold would be based on the amount in the order quantity field or on the preset default order quantity.

Setting the Limit Price Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can set the limit price (position of the cursor) for either the buy or sell side with the following keys.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

 

KeyAction
ECenter buy side cursor
DIncrease buy side cursor
CDecrease buy side cursor
ICenter sell side cursor
KIncrease sell side cursor
MDecrease sell side cursor

Sweeping the Market Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can sweep all the buys or sells up to a point set by the buy or sell side cursor using the keys listed below. How deep you can sweep the market depends on the level of price depth set by the exchange.

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To sweep the market up to a specified price point on the Buy side:

  1. Use a combination of the D and C keys to set the position of the buy side cursor.
  2. Use the combination of the Ctrl and A keys to sweep the offers up to the price level indicated by the buy side cursor.

To sweep the market up to a specified price point on the Sell side:

  1. Use a combination of the K and M keys to set the position of the sell side cursor.
  2. Use the combination of the Ctrl and :/; keys to sweep the bids up to the price level indicated by the sell side cursor.

Taking the Offer Using the Keyboard

In MD Trader once keyboard trading is enabled, you can take the offer using the following actions:

Note: You can change the hotkeys associated with these commands.

To take the offer:

Press the F1 key.

MD Trader enters a buy order at the current best offer in the market. The quantity sold is based on the amount in the order quantity field or on the preset default order quantity.