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Mastering keyboard shortcuts is essential for efficient software usage, and this is especially true for Amibroker. These shortcuts, which combine key presses, allow for quick execution of functions. For instance, in most Windows-based editors, pressing CTRL + C copies text instantly.

This guide focuses on the vital keyboard shortcuts in Amibroker and how to assign your own shortcut keys to the functions you use most.

For a comprehensive introduction to Amibroker, including features, advantages, and resources for learning, check out this detailed article.

Standard Keyboard Shortcuts in Amibroker

Amibroker is equipped with several built-in keyboard shortcuts. You are encouraged to open Amibroker and test these shortcuts for a hands-on experience:

Shortcut Keys Function
ALT+ RIGHT ARROW KEY Navigate to the next symbol’s chart in the database
ALT + LEFT ARROW KEY Go to the previous symbol’s chart in the database
F3 Find a stock symbol by its name or ticker
SHIFT + F1 Access contextual help
F1 Launch the Help Window
HOME Move left through the chart
END Move right through the chart
CTRL + W Change to a weekly timeframe
CTRL + D Change to a daily timeframe
CTRL + M Change to a monthly timeframe
CTRL + H Activate the crosshair feature
CTRL + R Adjust and view chart parameters
CTRL + E Modify the formula
SHIFT + F1 Access contextual help
F1 Open the Help Window

Some of these shortcuts, like CTRL+W/D/M for switching timeframes, are incredibly useful and save significant time compared to using the menu bar. They are particularly beneficial for conducting multi-timeframe analysis during live trading.

How to Create Custom Shortcut Keys in Amibroker

In addition to the predefined shortcuts, Amibroker lets you set up your own. Here are the steps to assign a new shortcut key:

Step 1: Open Amibroker and go to Tools –> Customize –> Keyboard from the menu bar.

Keyboard Shortcuts in Amibroker

Step 2: Select the function for which you want to create a shortcut. For instance, choose “Import Wizard” as shown below:

Setting Custom Shortcut in Amibroker

Step 3: In the “Press new shortcut key” field, press the keys for your desired shortcut. For example, pressing CTRL, SHIFT, and I simultaneously will assign “CTRL+SHIFT+I” as a shortcut for the Import Wizard.

Keyboard Shortcuts in Amibroker

Step 4: Click the ‘Assign’ button. If the key combination is already in use, you will receive a warning.

Keyboard Shortcuts in Amibroker

Step 5: Close the window and test your new shortcut. In this example, pressing your new shortcut should open the Import Wizard.

Thank you for exploring keyboard shortcuts in Amibroker with this guide. If you have any questions or feedback, please share them in the comments.


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