The Action bar is located on the right hand side of the chart and is equipped with various functions to improve trading management.
The Action bar settings can be accessed by doing one of the following:
- Select from the main menu Tools ->Settings -> Configuration Escort and then ActionBar.
- Right-click on the Action Bar within the chart.
Furthermore Action Bar settings can be set general for all Action Bars if the user uses the Configuration Escort setup (left picture) or for each chart individually if he/she accesses the action bar with a right click within the chart (right picture).
Now we give an overview of the functions of each mentioned element.
If the Fixed Action Bars option within the Action Bar-> General is enabled, the pin will not appear and the action bar will always be visible. If it is not enabled, you can determine for each individual chart (by left clicking on the pin) whether the Action bar should be fixed or appear only when the cursor is placed within the chart area.
Open the trading pad
Left click on the Open TradingPad button to open / expand the trading pad (Standard on the left picture and AgenaTrader++ on the right picture).
Time frame regulator
Using the time frame regulator you can change the time frames for the corresponding chart.
Right click within the action bar to bring up the Configuration Escort -> ActionBar->Time Frames window and customize predefined time frames.
Instrument list buttons
The instrument list buttons enable you to add instruments to your favorites list, customize them, or remove them with a mouse click.
Right click within the action bar to bring up the Configuration Escort -> ActionBar->Instrument List window, then in the drop-down list, select multiple instrument lists from the Instrument Escort. For each of the selected lists, AgenaTrader will create a button in the action bar.
When the instrument list button is red, this indicates that the current instrument in the chart is included in the instrument list. To remove this instrument from the instrument list, left click on the button. When the button is not colored, this indicates that the current instrument is not included in the instrument list. To add this instrument to the instrument list, left click on the button.
You can also use hot keys to add or remove instruments from the instrument lists.
This functionality is available in the AgenaTrader++ Centaurus version and higher.
The quick setup functionality enables you to transfer your customized setups from the Setup Escort to a chart with just a click.
Select the Configuration Escort menu. This will bring up a window in which you can select the ActionBar -> Entry Escort to configure your quick setups.
Once defined, the corresponding B(uy) and S(ell) buttons will appear in the Action bar. If you click the B(uy) or S(ell) button for a specific setup, AgenaTrader will automatically place an order with the corresponding risk criteria and other parameters defined within the Configuration Escort.
Quick indicators have an ergonomic function, providing quick access to the most important indicators without overloading the chart. This leaves you enough space to display information pertaining to actual trading.
The Quick indicator buttons are available within the action bar. As long as the cursor remains over one of these buttons, the indicator will be visible on the chart. When you hover away then the indicator will be hidden.
If you click the quick indicator button, the corresponding indicator will be shown on the chart until you click this button again.
The buttons have the same color as the indicator's line.
Right click on ActionBar->Indicators to configure the quick indicator setups.
Use your favorite drawing objects for a quick access with the Action Bar.
Right click ActionBar -> Drawings to configure the drawing objects.
Use your favorite order templates for quick access in the Action Bar.
Find details about orders template on page Chart Toolbar: Orders templates
Use your favorite price styles for a quick access in the Action Bar.
Right click within the action bar to bring up the Configuration Escort -> Action Bar -> Price Style window and customize predefined price styles.
If the charts are too compressed vertically, so that only a few buttons are visible inside the action bar, then you will need to scroll up or down:
- Click on Chart/ActionBar make it active,
- Move the cursor over the Action bar and left click,
- Scroll up and down with the mouse wheel.