MetaTrader 4 Shortcuts

Just the other day, I was talking to another trader who uses the MetaTrader 4 platform, and was surprised to learn that he didn’t know about the in-built shortcut keys!

Personally, I like the MT4 trading platform a lot, and use its shortcut keys on a daily basis.

If you’re a MT4 user as well, check out these shortcut keys — they will make your trading a LOT more efficient:

F8 : opens chart properties menu

F9 : opens trade order menu

F11 : enable/disable full screen chart

F12 : move chart forward one bar

Ctrl + F or middle mouse click : enable crosshair

Ctrl + M : open/close ‘Market Watch’ window

Ctrl + N : open/close ‘Navigator ‘ window

Ctrl + T : open/close ‘Terminal’ window

Ctrl + Y : show/hide period seperators

Ctrl + Z : undo chart object deletion

Page Up : fast chart scrolling backwards

Page Down : fast chart scrolling forwards

Home : move the chart to the earliest point

End : move the chart to the latest point

+ : zoom in

: zoom out

Del : delete selected chart object

By |2019-03-30T23:47:51+00:00March 30th, 2019|How To|19 Comments


  1. Geoff Lowes June 24, 2013 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Great work Chris, I knew a couple of those but the rest I will put to use

  2. Nancy Lau June 24, 2013 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Hi Chris

    It is very kind & generous of you to share with students all these helpful info to enable us to use MT4 in a most efficient way.

    Appreciation & regards

  3. CASEY KAM June 24, 2013 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Can you recommend a good and reliable Forex Brokerage Firm for our trading purpose.

    • Chris Lee June 24, 2013 at 7:01 am - Reply

      Hey Geoff and Nancy,

      You’re most welcome! Glad I can be of service.

    • Chris Lee June 24, 2013 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Hi Casey,

      There are many reputable brokers that use the MT4 platform.

      Off the top of my head, you might want to check out FXCM, Oanda, IBFX, MB Trading and FXDD.

  4. Eniola June 24, 2013 at 7:57 am - Reply


    It’s appreciated sharing such simple knowledge which traders won’t bother to ask. & that’s why you are a mentor to so many newbies.

    Keep on doing good.

    Best regards

  5. Gordon June 24, 2013 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Hello Chris, from Cape Town
    Thanks for the shortcuts – I’m relatively new to trading and these will be a great help.
    All the best,

    • Chris Lee June 24, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Hey Gordon,

      You’re welcome! Hope they’re useful for you.

  6. CHUKA UWAOMA June 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the short cuts.Thank you for the 5 principles.

    Kindest regards,


  7. fx lord ajayi August 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    good one chris you are great

  8. Ralph August 19, 2013 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Thank You Chris, As always very helpful.

    Thank You & Take Care.

  9. Claudius November 15, 2013 at 6:21 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed reading all of your comments. I am a newbie to Forex and liked your suggestions on the Brokers. I will be getting a Demo account shortly and will start trading. I have noted the MT4 shortcuts, which is a valuable tips. If you have any more suggestions for newbies’ like me, please don’t hesitate to put them down. Happy trading.

    • Chris Lee November 15, 2013 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Hi Claudius,

      Sure thing. If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to write about, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

  10. S.SRINIVAS RAO CHAVAN March 17, 2014 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Chris you are doing a great service to forex traders in particular .I have read your 5 principles in trading forex,they are all highly loaded with +ve approach to forex trading.I wish & pray almighty to provide you & your family good health & wealth to carry forward this noble cause .

    Request provide some light on Divergence Trading like divergence trading stratgies, sites & books etc.

    Thanking You in Advance,

    S.Srinivas Rao Chavan

    • Chris March 17, 2014 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Personally, I don’t trade based on divergence strategies (or technical indicators for that matter) — I find them to be too arbitrary. Instead, I prefer to look at price action, fundamentals and order flow data.

      This said, if you have any other specific question regarding indicator divergence strategies, feel free to ask and I’d be happy to share with you my thoughts.

      • Krek October 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm - Reply


        Thanks for all of your posts. Everyone of these resonate with me in some way so that I can continually learn more about trading the forex market. You mentioned “order flow data”. I would be interested in learning more about order flow and where to get this data and how you use it in your trading.

        Thank you for all of your posts,


        • Chris October 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm - Reply

          Hey Krek,

          Yes, order flow is something I’ve been thinking of writing about for some time now, but it would be quite lengthy so I’ll have to do it in some other format.

  11. Hank January 27, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Haha, shouldn’t you be charging for that kind of knwedolge?!

    • Chris Lee February 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      It never occurred to me… this is just a tip to help out the readers. 🙂

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