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Chart Toolbar

The Chart Toolbar is located to the top of the currently opened charts. It contains the following options:

  • Workspaces
  • Layouts
  • Chart Modes
  • Zoom In/Out
  • Chart Type
  • Indicators
  • Chart Objects
  • Hide/Show Chart Objects
  • Chart Templates
  • Time Frames

Workspaces

Workspaces is a cTrader cloud feature that allows users to set up and save different cTrader settings that can be used from multiple accounts, with different brokers, and on different devices. One can create as many Workspaces as he needs and use them across different brokers and different computers, by logging in with his cTrader ID.

Workspaces organize various software settings:

  • Charts and Chart configuration
  • QuickTrade parameters
  • Color theme, Layout, Language, and sound settings
  • Asset display settings
  • Symbols List settings
  • In-app notification settings

Note that Workspaces created in cTrader Web are not avelable in the desktop version of cTrader and vice versa.

Managing Workspaces

After the first login, cTrader automatically creates a new Workspace (My Workspace) for you. All the changes you make will be automatically saved in My Workspace.

To create a new Workspace, hover over the My Workspace drop-down to the upper right of the screen on the cTID bar, and select Save WorkSpace, type in the name, and сlick Save.

To delete a Workspace, hover over the My Workspace drop-down list, then click the x sign next to the Workspace that you want to delete and confirm your action.

All changes are automatically saved when you switch to another Workspace or close the cTrader Web app.

Layouts

The Layouts settings allow showing or hiding the Active Symbol Panel to the right and the TradeWatch to the bottom. Hover over the Layouts icon and select the desired options from the drop-down.

Chart Modes

cTrader offers three modes of the chart's layout: Multi Chart, Single Chart, and Free Chart modes. These modes change the layout of the charts on the screen. You can switch the Chart Modes from the Instruments toolbar next to the chart.

Click Multi-Chart mode () on the Instruments toolbar to enable Multi-Chart mode. This mode is active by default. You can add more charts and drag them around in the Charts section. Learn how to add new charts from the Open Charts section above.

Click Single Chart mode () on the Instruments toolbar to enable Single Chart mode. In this mode, only one chart takes all the Charts area of the screen, and the other opened charts are displayed in the form of the tabs to the top of the chart area. You can switch between the charts by selecting the tabs above. To add a new chart, click the plus icon ()next to the tabs.

Click the Free-Chart mode () on the Instruments toolbar to enable Free-Chart mode. It is similar to Multi-Chart but also allows resizing each chart individually.

Zoom In/Out

Hover over the Zoom button in the chart, and use the corresponding buttons or zoom levels () to change the scale of the chart. The Price Axis (vertical) and the Time Axis (horizontal) scale automatically when you change the zoom level.

Alternatively, use the hotkeys “+” and “-” for zoom in and zoom out respectively.

Chart Type

There are six chart types available in cTrader:

  • The Bar Chart (OHLC) –
    It rovides the opening, closing, high, and low prices for the selected time frame in the form of bars.

  • The Candlesticks Chart –
    Composed of a series of open-high-low-close (OHLC) candles set apart by a time series. Candlesticks chart is considered the most popular chart type, but you can check out any type to find out which one works better for you in a particular situation.

  • The Dots Chart –
    Displays only the closing prices for the selected time frame as dots.

  • The Heikin Ashi Chart –
    The Heikin-Ashi technique can be used in conjunction with candlestick charts when trading securities to spot market trends and predict future prices. It's useful for making candlestick charts more readable and trends easier to analyze. For example, traders can use Heikin-Ashi charts to know when to stay in trades while a trend persists but get out when the trend pauses or reverses.

  • The HLC Chart –
    HLC Bars show the price bars in either green or red, depending on the bar's close price relates to the previous close. When green, the close is greater than the previous close; when red, the close is less than the previous close. HLC bars only show the High, Low, and Close (unlike OHLC bars that also show the Open.)

  • The Line Chart –
    A line chart is a graphical representation of an asset's historical price action that connects a series of data points with a continuous line. This is the most basic type of chart used in finance and typically only depicts a security's closing prices over time. Line charts can be used on any timeframe, but most often using day-to-day price changes.

Hover over the corresponding button (Candlesticks by default) in the chart, and select another chart type from the submenu. Alternatively, right-click anywhere on the chart and select Chart Type from the drop-down.

Alternatively, use the shortcut Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, and Ctrl+3 to switch between the Bar, Candlestick, and Line chart respectively.

Indicators

Indicators are special tools that are used for trading technical analysis. An Indicator performs certain mathematical calculations based on the price and/or volume of the symbol over time.

There are 58 built-in standard indicators in cTrader. They are sorted by groups depending on their function: Trend, Oscillator, Volatility, Volume, and Other.

Add Indicator

Hover over the Indicators button, then select the group of Indicators from the drop-down and click on the desired Indicator. Alternatively, use the search box to find the desired Indicator by its name.

The Indicator menu will pop up. Here you can customize the indicator line color, thickness, and set the Indicator Time Frame. When done, click OK to apply changes and add the indicator to the chart.

Alternatively, use right-click directly on the chart to proceed to the Indicator menu.

Note that some of the Indicators appear directly in the chart and the others below it, in the separate chart area.

Modifying and Removing Indicator

To modify an indicator, hover over the Objects icon () and select the desired indicator from the drop-down. The selected indicator will be highlighted on the chart and the Indicator menu will pop-up. Modify your indicator and click Ok to save changes. Alternatively, click ‘x’ to remove the desired indicator from the chart.

If you would like to modify or remove an indicator located in its separate area below the chart, right-click on the indicator area and select Modify Indicator from the drop-down. The Indicator menu will pop up. Edit your Indicator and click Ok to apply changes. Alternatively, click Delete Indicator to delete it from the chart.

Chart Object

cTrader provides the suite of various chart objects for better trading and deeper analysis. Check the Line Studies and Chart Objects section of this documentation for the detailed description of how to use them. The Objects button of the Chart Toolbar panel to the top allows access and managing those objects from the chart.

Hover over the Objects icon to get to the full list of the Indicators and Drawing placed on the chart. Select Indicators or Drawings to proceed to the Object Manager. Here you can view and manage all the chart objects placed on your charts with reference to the corresponding symbol.

Use the toolbar next to the desired chart object to move your object to all the opened charts, lock it on the chart, hide, open its settings, or remove.

Alternatively, you can select an object in the chart and press Del on your keyboard to remove it.

Note that as long as you haven’t added any objects to the chart, no objects will be displayed in the Objects drop-down.

Hide/Show Chart Objects

Use the Hide button to hide all the chart objects placed on all opened charts or show them again.

Chart Templates

The Chart Templates allow quickly changing various chart settings and viewing options simply by changing the template. There are three chart templates available by default:

  • Volatility – optimized for analyzing the volatility (Candlesticks, medium scale, Bollinger Bands, and Standard Deviation Indicators enabled).
  • Trend – optimized for analyzing the trend (Line Chart, small scale);
  • Range – optimized for analyzing the price range (Candlesticks, medium scale, Relative Strength Index Indicator, Stochastic Indicator, and tick volume enabled);

The default template is Candlesticks, medium scale, no Indicators.

To change the chart template, hover over the Chart Template button, and check the desired template. The selected template will be applied to all new charts being opened.

Custom Chart Templates

cTrader allows creating as many custom chart templates as you need. To save all the various chart settings as a new template, hover over the Chart Template button, click Save Template, then type in the template name, and click Save.

To save changes to an existing template, hover over the Chart Template button, click Save Template, then click on the existing template, click Save, and confirm the overwrite.

Note that you cannot edit the Default template.

To delete a template, hover over the Chart Template button, and click the ‘x’ next to the template you would like to delete.

Time Frames

A Tick is a change in the price of a symbol on the market. The real price fluctuates constantly, depending on your trading strategy, you do not necessarily need to see each market tick. cTrader can build charts based on time or the number of ticks. By default, the chart is built based on the 1-hour time frame () and several time frame options are available in the Favourites Panel. Click on any of them to apply it to the chart immediately.

Click the Time Frame button to the top of the chart to see all the available time Frames - both Standard and Ticks. Mark the desired items (Time Frames from 1 minute to 1 month, or the number of ticks from 1 to 1000) to enable their quick access buttons directly from the Favourites Panel.

The buttons actually show the current time frame or the number of ticks in its title. For example, T10 () means Tick chart, 10 ticks.

Use the Up and Down arrow keys on your keyboard to switch the timeframes.

Countdown box

cTrader shows live countdown to the next bar/line/point/candlestick in time units or ticks. Find the countdown box () on the time axis at the bottom of the chart.