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Altering Spreads using the Leg View

The Autospreader Manager dialog box has two tabs called, Spread View and Leg View.

Autospreader Manager Spread View

Autospreader Manager Leg View

The Spread View tab lists the spreads you have created. The Leg View tab displays all the legs included in your spreads.

The Leg View is a grid window. The legs are color-coded by spread name and can be filtered by the column headings. The column headings are:

Columns on by DefaultHidden Columns

Spread Name (not editable)

Coupon (%)

Leg (blank and not editable)

Settlement Date

Based On

Maturity Date



Spread Ratio


Spread Multiplier


Use the Show/Hide Columns option in the context menu to reveal the hidden columns. In addition, you can use this option to reorder the editable columns.

You can resize the Autospreader Manager dialog box, apply standard X_TRADER filters, as well as, sort by double-clicking column headers.

In addition, you can edit all the columns with a white background.

Some columns are editable using drop-downs. Others can be typed in. The Leg View tab also supports Excel-style multi-edit, whereby you can click the lower-right corner of a cell and drag it downward. This action copies the value of the first cell into the cells in the drag selection range.

Once you edit a cell, it is highlighted. The following buttons determine how your changes are handled:

  • Apply: Applies your highlighted changes.
  • Restore: Restores the highlighted changes to their original value.
  • Show Error Log: Displays any problems with changes you attempted to apply.

If changes you make to a spread configuration are invalid the changes are not applied and the error will get listed in the Error Log. Refer to Show Errors.

Follow these procedures:

Also refer to Filtering Overview in the X_TRADER Help System.

Changing a spread

To change a spread:

  1. From the Autospreader Managerdialog box, click the Leg View tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. You can make changes to
  • The Based on field

  • The Contract field

  • The hidden columns: Spread Ratio, Spread Multiplier, Coupon, Settlement Date, Maturity Date.

Changes you make highlight green until they are applied.

  1. Click Apply to make the changes.

- or -

Click Restore to undo the changes.

You successfully changed a spread.

Changing values using click-and-drag

To change values using click-and-drag:

  1. From the Autospreader Managerdialog box, click the Leg View tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Click the cell whose value you want to apply to other cells. 
  3. Move your cursor to the lower-right corner of the cell.

The cursor becomes a crosshair.

  1. Click and hold the mouse button.
  2. Drag the cell downward covering the cells to which you want to apply the value.
  3. Release the mouse button.

You successfully changed values using click-and-drag.

Reordering columns

To reorder columns:

  1. Right-click the Leg View tab to access the context menu.
  2. Click Show/Hide Columns.

The Column Configuration dialog box appears.

  1. Click the column name you want to move.
  2. Click the up or down arrow to reorder the column.

Note: The Sort checkbox puts the columns in alphabetical order.

  1. Click OK.

You successfully reordered columns.

Sorting spread legs

To sort spread legs:

  1. Double-click the column heading you want to sort the spread legs.

The spread legs sort in ascending order based on the column you clicked.

  1. Double-click the column heading again to sort in descending order.

You successfully sorted spread legs.