Forex Tester provides its users with six chart modes. Three of them are situated on the toolbar and in the “View” menu.
Candlesticks are set in Forex Tester 4 by default. Candlesticks are the vertical rectangles of two colors that might have upper and lower wicks.
This mode consists of the vertical bars with horizontal line segments. Vertical bars display the distance between the high and the low of the current bar, whereas the left horizontal lines show the open price of the bar and the right horizontal line provides information about the close price.
To switch to this mode please navigate to the “File → Add new range bar chart” menu and then click on the currency pair for which you need to create a Range bar chart.
After that, Forex Tester will ask you about the “Range bar size”. Insert the necessary value and click OK.
You will notice that the spread of each candlestick or bar will be equal to the value that you have previously entered.
To enable it you need to navigate to the “File → Add new Renko chart” menu. Further, you should identify bar size in pips and click OK. Please note that Renko bars size is size of bars body without shadow.
It shows every single price change within a current data range. To switch to Tick chart you should click on “Ticks” tab in left upper corner of the screen.
By default, all up-candles have lime color borders with a black fill. All down-candles have lime color borders with a white fill. You can change the colors of the candlesticks and chart’s background by right-clicking on the chart and selecting the “Chart settings” option.
There are nine color schemes available in Forex Tester. Let’s change the default one to “Black on White” scheme. This inverts the fills’ colors and sets the black borders of the candlesticks. Now the bullish candlestick has the white fill whereas the bearish one has the black fill.
You can also alter the colors for the:
Switch to the “Additional colors” tab and you will have access to other important lines that appear on the chart. By default, stop loss, take profit values, loss trades and buy order markers are colored in red. Orders’ levels, profitable trades, volumes and sell orders markers are painted in green color. You can change all of these lines and set any color you like using the dropdown menu to the right from each option.
In addition, you can switch to the “Chart settings” tab and check or uncheck many different options.
You can deselect the “Show volume” checkbox – this will make a volume indicator disappear.
When you open and close trades, the open and close points, become connected with a line. You can switch that line off if you need. In order to do that, please right-click, select the “Chart settings” option, choose the “Chart settings” tab and uncheck the “Show account history” checkbox.
The “Show period separators” checkbox enables the dotted vertical line that appears at the end of each trading day.
You can disable the “Grid” if you find it distractive. The grid is the set of dotted rectangles that simplify the navigation on the chart. Each grid’s line provides a trader with the information about the price and the time of the candlestick.
Period separators are dotted vertical lines that appear at the beginning of the day.
You can also enable or disable pre-cited parameters if you right-click on the chart and choose the necessary option.
As an alternative, you can navigate to the “View → Chart” menu and find the same options there.
If it is more convenient for you to see the indicators and account history line beneath the candlesticks line then you can put to use the “Chart on foreground” checkbox.
Bid level is the line that shows at which price the sell order will be filled if you open a sell market order.
Likewise, the ask level is the line that shows at which price the buy order will be filled if you open a buy market order.
You can enable or disable these lines in the “Chart settings” tab.
If you have an indicator on your chart, then its current value may be displayed with a red color at the price axis. You can enable/disable these options in “Show indicators’ values”.
Right offset is the space from the last candlestick to the price axis. If you disable this checkbox, then no space will be visible to the right from the candlesticks.
You can set the offset using the scrollbar.
If you enable the “Use fixed price range” checkbox, and then type in the values for the top and the bottom price you will be able to see the objects that are situated in this vertical range only.
When the “Use fixed scale 1 pixel: 1 point” checkbox is disabled you will notice that the local maximum and minimum are always visible. If you enable the checkbox, then the vertical size of the candlesticks will be changed, and the changes will vary depending on the screen resolution of your monitor.
By default, the grid’s horizontal line is drawn after each five pips. You can change this value if you enable the “Use fixed grid” checkbox and type in the custom value for your grid. Let’s type “30” in the “Grid points” input and click “OK”. This will increase the distance between the grid’s lines.
To test the “Mouse sensitivity to lines” parameter you need to add a line to the chart. After that double-click on it, and use the drag and drop method to reposition the element. If the value of the “Mouse sensitivity to lines” equals to 3 then even if you click 3 pixels away from the line it will still be moved.
In the “All charts” tab you can change the scrolling speed, mouse and magnet sensitivity as well as types of charts’ synchronization align type, thickness of bars and alignment of chart when time frame or scale change. If you set the scrolling speed’s value at 10, then you will be able to scroll 10 times faster compared to the “1” value. To test it out click anywhere on the chart and hold. Then drag the mouse to either the right or left and you will see the speed of scrolling.
All charts with the same currency pair are synchronized by default and scrolling within the same time frame, all other charts will be scrolled automatically with the right calculation. For example, while scrolling 1 bar forward on the H1 time frame, the M5 time frame chart will be scrolled 12 bars forward respectively. You can turn on/off synchronized scrolling by clicking on the button (on the scrolling toolbar under the chart):
To make the candlesticks thinner and therefore to include more of them on the chart without scrolling:
To make the candlesticks appearance more prominent:
To reposition the chart windows, please use the options from the “Windows” menu:
You can enable or disable any of nine panels available in Forex Tester. Please navigate to the “View → Show panels” menu and click on the desired panel:
To clear the "Journal" you can use the "Clear journal" button on the toolbar
After that the Edit note window will be showed.
You can set up date and time of the note, select one or all symbols to link the note, enter the Title of the note and text.
You can quickly jump to the bar on the chart the note is linked with using double click on the note row.
Using right-mouse click the on the row with a note (or on the icon on the chart) you can see the menu which allowing you to edit or delete it. Another way to delete a note is to click on the Delete button.
To hide notes icons on the chart, please use right-mouse click on any place of chart and uncheck Show Notes menu item.
You have the ability to find the necessary note using the Search field. Please note that search works only through headers (names) of notes.
If you navigate to the "Tools → Options" menu, you can notice 6 tabs in the window that appeared. The "Default orders" will be especially useful for you in case if you often open orders with the same parameters. For example, if your strategy requires opening of the order with the stop loss of 40 pips and the take profit of 60 pips with the same lot size of 0.2 then you can easily set it up.
Now, you've added a default buy order. Whenever you need to open your standard order with the above-mentioned values, just make use of the CTRL + B shortcut.
The same procedure can be set for the default sell order that becomes placed with the help of the CTRL + S shortcut.
The second tab is called "Hot keys". Here you can find out all the actions that are applicable in Forex Tester and find their Hot Keys equivalents. If you need to change the existing hot key value or to set one for a non-set value, double-click on the shortcut name and then select a necessary shortcut from the dropdown menu.
On the “Time frames” tab you can add or delete default time frames, used for new projects.
You can add a custom time frame by clicking the Manage Time Frames button on the Main toolbar. In the Edit Time Frames window, you can make this list of time frames default for your new projects by clicking on the “Make default” button.
You don’t need to create custom time frame for every new project – just do it one time and save your new list of time frames as a default list. When creating a new project, your custom time frame will be also represented among other default time frames.
In the "Sounds" tab, you can set, delete or listen to the 4 sounds that exist in Forex Tester. These sounds represent the .wav files that will be played when you start or stop the test when an error or a successful action occur.
To set your own audio file, click on the "Open file dialog" button.
To delete the sound use the "Cross" button.
To listen to the existing sound, click on the "Speaker" icon.
In “Updates” tab every user can set periodicity of updates from server requests. You can also disable this setting so the program never tried to update till the newest version.
In “Other” setting “Set pause after start test” can be activated. When this option is enabled, after clicking on “Start Test” button new bars will not appear till you click on “Pause”.