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X_TRADER®

Keyboard Trading in the Market Window

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Use the keyboard to quickly place orders within the Market Window using Hotkeys. Hotkeys can be customized from the Hot Keys tab within Properties.

Controlling Quantity or Price Using the Keyboard

The mouse or the spin buttons may be used to adjust the quantity or price. However, you may also use the keyboard to manually enter a quantity or price.

To enter a quantity or price using the keyboard:

  1. Click to select a Market Grid price or quantity cell.
  2. Press F2 to send a Buy order.

- or -

Press F11 to submit a Sell order.

  1. Press TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move to the quantity or price text box.(Shown above)

    Note: You may also press the * (asterisk) to multiple the existing order quantity by 100.

  2. Use the keyboard to enter a value.

Note: Enable and configure the hotkeys in the HotKeys tab on the Properties menu.

Using the Mouse to Control Order Quantity and Price

Most users will use the keyboard or the spin buttons to enter order quantity and price. However, you may also use the mouse to increase or decrease order quantity.

To change the order quantity or price using the mouse:

  1. Click to select a Market Grid cell to populate the Order Entry pane.
  2. Click in either the Order Quantity or Price fields. (shown above)
  3. Right-click to increase the numeric value.

- or -

Left-click to decrease the numeric value.

Entering Orders Using the Keyboard

If you prefer, you can trade with the keyboard enabling hotkeys. Hotkeys for joining, hitting, and taking current bid and ask prices can be enabled and configured in the Hotkeys tab on the Properties menu.

For a list of the default hotkeys, refer to Keyboard Trading in the Order Pane.

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 Component section, click to select Order Pane.
  4. Click OK.

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 Component section, click Order Pane.
  5. In the Command section, click the command for which you would like to change the hotkey.
  6. Click in the Press new shortcut key field.
  7. Press the key or keys you want to represent that command.

Note: Some keys cannot be used as hotkeys. (E.g., Delete, Backspace, Tab...and others.)

  1. Click the Assignbutton.

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

Keyboard Trading in the Order Pane

You can use the keyboard to make trades in the Order Pane. Enabling keyboard trading provides an alternative for entering orders and does not disable the mouse.

For procedures on enabling and changing hotkeys, refer to Entering Orders Using the Keyboard.

By default, the keyboard hotkeys in MD Trader break into two categories:

Function Hotkeys

The function hotkeys consist of the Esc and F keys at the top of your keyboard. They also include the Home and End keys.

TT Default Map

Description
CommandDescription

Seed to take the Offer

Seeds with the best Ask price for the highlighted contract and sets the Order Pane as a Buy when Broker Mode is enabled.

Seed to Join the Bid

 

Seeds with the best Bid price for the highlighted contract and sets the Order Pane as a Buy when Broker Mode is enabled.

Create Wholesale Window

Seeds the selected contract in the Wholesale Order window.

Close Order Pane

Closes the Floating Order Pane and returns focus to the parent window without submitting seeded orders. If the Order Pane is pinned, this hotkey has the same effect as clicking the Clear button and does not close the form

Set Focus on Quantity

Places keyboard focus on the highlighted quantity field.

Set Focus on Price

Places keyboard focus on the highlighted price field.

Seed to Join the Ask

Seeds with the best Ask price for the highlighted contract and sets the Order Pane as a Sell when Broker Mode is enabled.

Seed to Hit the Bid

Seeds with the best Bid price for the highlighted contract and sets the Order Pane as a Sell when Broker Mode is enabled.

Note: When the Order Pane is used as the Floating Order Entry (FOE) style, it launches a new Order Pane with the focus on the Quantity.

It either seeds with zero or if you set a default quantity, it seeds with the lesser of the default quantity or your maximum order quantity.

Main Hotkeys

The main hotkeys are in the centralized body of your keyboard.

TT Default Map

Description
HotkeyCommandDescription

Shift+A

Set Focus on Account

Places keyboard focus in the highlighted Account field.

Shift+C

Set Focus on Customer

Places keyboard focus in the highlighted Customer field.

Shift+F

Set Focus on FFT2

Places keyboard focus in the highlighted FFT2 field.

Shift+T

Set Focus on Order Type

Places keyboard focus in the highlighted Order Type drop-down list.

Ctrl+S

Submit Sell Order

Submits a Sell order. Pressing this key has the same effect as clicking the Sell button.

If the Order Pane is configured as a Buy ticket, this hotkey switches the form to a Sell ticket but does not submit the order.

Ctrl+B

Submit Buy Order

Submits a Buy order. Pressing this key has the same effect as clicking the Buy button.

If the Order Pane is configured as a Sell ticket, this hotkey switches the form to a Buy ticket but does not submit the order.

Shift+I

Set Focus on Advanced

Places keyboard focus in the highlighted Advanced drop-down list.

Shift+O

Set Focus on Order Default

Places keyboard focus in the highlighted Order Template drop-down list.

Shift+M

Set Focus on Modifiers

Places keyboard focus in the highlighted Modifieres drop-down list.

Shift+8Multiple Order Quantity X 1000

Multiples the order quantity in the Order Pane by 1000.

Example: If the quantity is currently 5, upon pressing * the quantity increases to 5000.

Enter

Submit Order for Floating Order Pane

Submits the configured order from a floating Order Pane. Pressing this key has same effect as click on the larger Buy or Sell button.

Note: Only applies when in FOE mode and Broker Mode is set.

Keyboard Trading with the Order Bar

You can use the keyboard to interact easily with the Order Bar. Use the default hotkeys or customize them to create your own.

TT Default Map

Description

 

HotkeyCommandDescription

G

Launch to join bid

Launch Order Bar as a Buy seeded with and focused on the Bid price.

F2

Launch to take offer

Launch Order Bar as a Buy seeded with and focused on the Ask price.

Home

Focus on quantity

Lets you edit the quantity field.

End

Focus on price

Lets you edit the price field.

Tab

Advance fields

Advance the cursor to the next field for editing.

Enter

Submit order

Submit the order as defined and close the Order Bar.

Esc

Close Order Bar

Close the Order Bar window.

Num Lock

Keep on

Lets you use the keypad to type numbers.

-

Decrease value

Decreases the numeric value of the field you are editing.

+

Increase value

Increases the numeric value of the field you are editing.

H

Launch to join ask

Launch the Order Bar as a Sell seeded with and focused on the Ask price.

F11

Launch to hit bid

Launch Order Bar as a Sell seeded with and focused on the Bid price.

Keyboard Trading Procedures

Follow these procedures to manage keyboard trading with the Order Bar:

To trade using hotkeys:

  1. Call the Buy Order Bar or Sell Order Bar using your specified keys.
  2. Input the quantity and price.
  3. Press TAB to advance fields, SHIFT+TAB to go back a field.  
  4. Press ENTER to submit the order.

To assign hotkeys to the Order Bar:

  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 Component column, click Order Bar.
  5. In the Command column, click the command for which you want to assign a hotkey.
  6. Click in the Press new shortcut key field.
  7. Press the key or keys you want to represent that command.

Note: Some keys cannot be used as hotkeys. (E.g., Delete, Backspace, Tab...and others.)

  1. Click the Assign button.