Keyboard Shortcuts in Amibroker Software

In order to efficiently operate a tool or a software, it’s important to have an awareness of commonly used keyboard shortcuts. Using these keyboard shortcuts, you can trigger an important function or process just by pressing a combination of keys. For example – CTRL + C is used to copy the text in several windows-based text editors.

In this post, we’ll have a look at the important keyboard shortcuts in Amibroker software. We’ll also learn how to assign a new shortcut key to the function of your choice.

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Pre-Defined Keyboard Shortcuts in Amibroker

Below is the list of pre-defined shortcut keys in Amibroker. You may open Amibroker and test out these shortcuts yourself:

Shortcut Keys Purpose
ALT+ RIGHT ARROW KEY Open chart for the next symbol in the database
ALT + LEFT ARROW KEY Open chart for the previous symbol in the database
F3 Stock symbol finder by name or ticket
SHIFT + F1 Open contextual help
F1 Open Help Window
HOME Scroll left in the chart
END Scroll right in the chart
CTRL + W Switch to weekly timeframe
CTRL + D Switch to daily timeframe
CTRL + M Switch to monthly timeframe
CTRL + H Enable crosshair
CTRL + R View and edit chart parameters
CTRL + E Edit formula
SHIFT + F1 Open contextual help
F1 Open Help Window

Few of these are really useful and can save you a lot of time rather than searching for their equivalents from the menu bar. CTRL+W/D/M to switch timeframes is a really cool feature and can help you a lot with multi-timeframe analysis during live trading.

Assign a new Shortcut Key in Amibroker

On top of the pre-defined shortcut keys, you may also assign a new key of your choice. Follow the below steps for the same:

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

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Step 2: From the left pane, select the function/category for which you want to define a shortcut key. For example – if you want to define a shortcut to open “Import Wizard”, select it as below:

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Step 3: Move your cursor to the “Press new shortcut key” box and then press the desired combination of keys from your keyboard. Suppose you want to assign shortcut key “CTRL+SHIFT+I” to launch import wizard, press CTRL, SHIFT, and I together. Once you do this, the key will appear in the box.

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Step 4: Press the assign button. The key combination will move to the “Key assignments” list. You’ll get a warning popup if the key you defined is already assigned for a different function.

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Step 5: Click on the close button and then press your shortcut key combination. The import wizard should open up (for this particular example)

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