Hotkeys are keystroke combinations that allow you to quickly perform common actions using your keyboard rather than mouse clicks. This can help save time in many cases, especially for repetitive tasks such as incrementally increasing or decreasing order prices.
Hotkeys are active for the basic Order Ticket and the Depth Ticket.
In this manual we will cover how to:
SILEXX OEMS contains a pre-programmed assortment of Hotkeys that are at your disposal.
Opening the Hotkey manager
- Click File and select Settings
- Select Hotkeys in the Setting Elements navigation pane
Hotkey View Pane
The Hotkey view pane lists all the Hotkey configurations loaded on your system and their associated parameters.
The above view displays all available Hotkeys. The default system Hotkeys are distinguished separately in background color from any custom Hotkeys you program. Here is a table of the default Hotkeys and their usage:
Default Hotkey Configuration
|Escape||CancelLast||Cancels the last order for the currently selected account/security|
|Alt + A||CancelAll||Cancels all working orders for the currently selected account/security|
|Alt + Y||CancelAllBuys||Cancels all working orders buy for the currently selected account/security|
|Alt + E||CancelAllSells||Cancels all working sell orders for the currently selected account/security|
|Alt + N||CancelAllSellShort||Cancels all working sell/sell short orders for the currently selected account/security|
|Control + Return||Send||Sends order with current order ticket parameters (Only works in Order Ticket module)|
|Control + B||SendBuy||Sends BUY order with current order ticket parameters|
|Control + S||SendSell||Sends SELL order with current order ticket parameters|
|Control + T||SendShort||Sends SHORT order with current order ticket parameters|
|Control + PageUp||IncreasePrice||Increases the order price by the specified amount|
|Control + Next||DecreasePrice||Decreases the order price by the specified amount|
|Alt + PageUp||IncreaseQty||Increases the order qty by the specified amount|
|Alt + Next||DecreaseQty||Decreases the order qty by the specified amount|
Hotkeys can be turned on and off using the enable checkbox. If checked, Hotkeys are enabled.
Restoring the Default Hotkeys Configuration
Press the Defaults button to restore the Hotkey list to the system defaults. All custom Hotkeys will be deleted.
To create your own custom Hotkey:
- Click the Add button
- Set up the desired parameters in the Hotkey Settings window
Example: Let's say that we want to create a hotkey that assigns value of 1,500 to the quantity field and sets the order type to Market for an order ticket. We want this hotkey to just load on the ticket, but not send the order.
- Assign a Hotkey combination
For this example, we will assign the combination Control + D1 (the number 1)
Note: Hotkeys must be a combination keystroke of Control, Alt, and/or Shift keys as a prefix plus some other key as a suffix. They cannot be assigned a single key keystroke. If you attempt to assign single key, additional Alt and Control keystrokes are automatically added as a prefix.
- Click OK to accept
The new Hotkey will now be listed on the view pane with the programmed parameters.
- Enable Hotkeys
- Press the Hotkey's combination keystroke while in the Order Ticket or Depth Ticket modules
Example: Utilizing the custom Hotkey we created in the above section "Custom Hotkeys", we would press and hold the Control key and press the number 1 key to populate set the QTY field to 1500 and the Type field to Market.
- Select the Hotkey to be edited
- Double-click the Hotkey row in the Hotkey view pane.
- Click a Hotkey row in the Hotkey view pane to highlight, and then press the Edit button.
Note: System default Hotkey keystrokes can be changed to a new keystroke combination.
- Change the hotkey parameters as desired. (see the above section "Custom Hotkeys" for reference)
Select the row of the Hotkey to be deleted in the Hotkey view pane and then press the Delete button