The buttons in QT can be hovered over with your mouse pointer for approximately two seconds while a description of the button appears. This is a helpful feature to use until you become familiar with the button icons.
QT buttons are grouped by function. Some buttons along the toolbar are static and never change. Other buttons change depending on whether you are looking at a chart frame, a news frame, or a regular quote monitor frame.
Groups of buttons can be hidden or displayed by single-clicking on the small vertical bar between groups of buttons.
You can change the order of the columns in a table by simply by dragging and dropping the column that you would like to move. Left-click on the column that you would like to move and drag it to the position in the quote monitor where you would like it to rest.
**Note: While dragging the column – the left-hand mouse button must remain “clicked.”
To enlarge your QT Buttons, go to the General Menu along the top of QT. Scroll down to “Customize Main Toolbar.” Just above the “OK” button is the “Icon Size” radio buttons. Select Large and click “OK.”
Some of your buttons may extend off the screen and will not be visible. Don’t worry! The missing buttons can be accessed from the Menus across the top. Or you can customize the button bar to hide the least used buttons and display the more commonly used ones. This can be done in the same “Customize Main Toolbar” from the General Menu.
Workspace templates allow you to organize your charts, quotes, options, and news frames in the way that allows you to work best. With Workspace templates you can choose from a predefined layout or build your own.
How to Create:
To choose a template, create a new workspace. That can be done from either the Workspace Menu or by simply clicking on the “Create New Workspace” button. A dialog box will pop up. Along the left-hand side are predefined layouts. Click on a few examples and see the changes on the right-hand side. When you find one you like, click “OK” button. The buttons between the windows of the dialog box allow you to create your own template, delete a template from the list, or rename the selected template. When done creating your new workspace, be sure to save your changes.
*Note: Workspace templates can only be defined for new workspaces – they cannot be applied to existing workspaces.
In your custom quote monitor, go up to the menu Quotes Monitor and scroll down to Properties. A Properties dialog box will appear; make sure you’re on the “Column” tab. Under the Available “Select Columns,” highlight “Bid” and “Ask.” Click the right arrow to drag your choice over to the Displayed column. Click “Apply.” Now notice the numbers in parentheses in your quote monitor bid/ask columns.
*Note: Only exchanges that transmit this data will actually display
Here’s an example to help you through the process of creating a historical spread chart:
You are interested in seeing a Corn spread chart of July 1996 versus December 1996. To do this, create a new spread chart, using the “Create New Frame” button. In the first leg, type the symbol CN96, and the second leg type in CZ96.
NOW HERE’S THE KEY: UN-check the “Limit to” button. Then click “OK.”
To access the contract lookup function, click on the icon that resembles a large magnifying glass.
A dialogue box will appear that has a symbol of each type of commodity traded running vertically down the left-hand side. Single-click the type of commodity you would like to trade, and a list of contracts will appear in the “Symbol” box. Scroll down to the contract of your choice and check the box to the left of the name.
Next, you will need to check what months and years you would like to be displayed. Once completed, this contract will be visible in the “contract to insert” field. Click “OK” in the “Contract Lookup” dialogue box and the contract will be displayed in your quote monitor.
To quickly change the parameters on your chart studies (Moving Avg, RSI, Stochastics), double-click the study abbreviation just outside the chart area in the lower left corner of the window. The dialog box for your particular study will pop up and you may make your changes to the parameters.
Double-clicking on the blue title bar above any chart will expand a window to its full size. Double-clicking on the title bar again will reduce the chart to its original size.
If you have multiple charts in a workspace, double-click the blue title bar twice and the chart will expand to its full size. To make the chart return to its original size and go back to its former placement in the workspace, double click blue title bar again.
The Time & Sales frame can be loaded in numerous ways. One way is to create a new frame. Click the “Create new frame” button and select “Time & Sales” from the dropdown menu. Type your contract symbol into the available box. Next, adjust the time period, and then click the “Query” button.
Or, simply click on the Hour Glass icon on the left toolbar and bring up a vertical Time & Sales on your existing workspace.
Also making T&S even friendlier is ability to search for a particular price. Notice a button near the top of QT that looks like a pair of binoculars. Clicking the Binocular button will allow you to enter the price you are searching for. When found, the prices will appear highlighted.
To create a Weather frame, go to the frame menu and select “new frame.” In the dialog box under “frame type,” scroll down to Weather. Click “OK.” A new weather window should display in the current workspace.
To see any particular map, simply click on it. To return to the previous weather page, click the “back” button on the toolbar (It looks like a rewind button).
Also, there is a second page of weather radar, satellite images, and weather data maps. Look for the underlined blue words “here.” You can use the same “back” button to return to the previous pages.
Once you’ve personalized your QT workspace, make sure to save your settings. You can access the Save feature in numerous ways.
Go to the Logout Menu and select “Save Settings.”
For a keyboard short cut, press F2.
Click the floppy disk on the main toolbar.
If you do not save for workspace before exiting, you will be prompted to save before the program closes.
It’s always good practice to save your settings to both your local computer and the server. If you have saved your settings to the server, you can use the Red Cross icon on the toolbar if a computer should cause you to lose your QT settings.
Saving your personal settings to our server will preserve your workspaces in the event of a computer malfunction. Please be sure to save your settings to the server periodically. This way, if you experience technical issues, you can return to your last saved settings on our server by clicking on the Red Cross button.
Saving your settings to the server also allows you to maintain two different workspaces on different computers. For example, your office computer could be set up to display certain markets during the day, while your home computer displays information on overnight markets.
The symbol search function can be found in the Shortcut Bar along the left-hand side of your monitor. If the shortcut bar is hidden, you can un-hide it by moving your mouse to the upper left-hand corner below the “Create Workspace” button. There is a small grey button with a small black arrow – clicking that will un-hide the shortcut tool bar.
Next, move your cursor down along the left bottom to the Tools button (it looks like a small hammer and screw driver). Click the Symbol Search button in the toolbar. The symbol search dialog box will pop up. Typing in a partial phrase such as “Euro” will return all contracts with the term Euro in it. In this example, this would include Euro FX contracts, S&P Europe Market index, and Eurodollar contracts.