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MetaTrader 4 – MT4 Shortcuts & Hotkeys

The majority of retail traders like me and you use, or has used MetaTrader 4 as our primary Forex trading platform of choice. Although MT4 is not only limited to Forex pairs it is what traders use it for most. These days it is not uncommon to trade CFDs (Contract For Differences) on this popular platform as well. Just like your computer has shortcuts or hotkeys to make your life a little easier, so does the MetaTrader 4 platform. This is just one of the many reasons why it is one of the most popular, if not the most popular platform available to traders today! Worth mentioning that it is 100% free to use for demo or live trading purposes by all the leading FX brokers.

What is the 10 most useful MT4 Shortcuts I can use to save time and make the platform more user friendly?

mt4 hotkeys

Below I will list my top 10 favorites in no specific order:

Page Up Button — instant chart scrolling to the left
Page Down Button  — instant chart scrolling to the right
“- ” Button — chart zoom out
“+” Button — chart zoom in
Backspace Button — delete the latest objects added into the selected chart window
Ctrl+Z Button — undoes previous object deletion
F11 Button — enable or disable full screen mode
Ctrl+I Button — brings up the indicators list window
Shift+F5 Button — changes to the previous saved profile
Ctrl+F Button/Middle Mouse Button Click — enables ‘crosshair’ on selected chart

Without a doubt I find the ‘Shift+F5 Button’ the most useful to change between my 3 different profiles which separates my USD, JPY and AUD pairs. There is many more hot keys available, some more handy than others.

Happy Trading!


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  1. big g
    big g March 24, 20:44

    thanks ALLEN love the shift+f5 nice one

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    • Allen
      Allen March 25, 19:32

      I know right! I have my 3 profiles setup and can switch between them with ease!


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  2. LJay
    LJay May 02, 01:30

    Thanks for the over view on hot keys. Ctrl+F for the crosshairs very helpful.

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