One of the most powerful features of the TurboTrader Desktop Interface is the window docking. It allows you to quickly build a dynamically resizable, stable layout for your various windows, keeping your interface organised and all the information you need at your fingertips.
How to begin docking
Docking is initiated from a floating window, which can be created either through clicking one of the buttons on the Desktop Toolbar or by floating an already docked window.
To begin docking, click the magnet icon in the top-right of a window (shown left), next to the close button. Any floating windows will become red and translucent, allowing you to see through to the docked windows below. A black targeting box will appear beneath your cursor, showing where the window will be placed in your layout.
To accept the targeted position, click once. To cancel docking, press Escape (or any other key).
There are five positions a window can be placed in, relative to the window your mouse is over - on the left, on the right, above, below, and over the top.
Windows positioned on the left or right will split the target window in half, forming two columns. Windows positioned above or below will form two rows instead. The size of your rows or columns can be changed by clicking and dragging the empty green space between them. You can repeat this as many times as necessary, creating multiple rows or columns.
Windows positioned on top of another, so the targeting box covers it, will create a tabbed interface. Windows that are in a hidden tab will be automatically paused if they use dynamic data, saving you Session Points.
Normally, the text displayed as the title of a Tab is automatically determined by the content. However, you can override this with your own text by double-clicking on a tab, bringing up the Rename Tab window. Simply enter the new name of the tab and select Rename. Alternatively, you can click Auto to return to the normal behaviour.
Removing Windows from the Layout
If you've positioned a window wrong, you don't need to close it to try again. Simply click the Float icon (shown left) to remove it from the docking layout, allowing you to dock it in the correct place.
- Draw your desired arrangement on paper before starting.
- Be patient. Click the docking button, and wait for the dotted box to show. With a comprehensive desktop (or a browser busy doing other things) the docking can take a little time.
- Do the main layer arrangement first. When that is ready then add any tabbed windows.
Single-Asset Window Grouping
Windows that display information about a single Asset - Asset Details, Market Depth, Course of Trades, Charts, and News Filters - can be grouped together. This allows you to change the targeted Asset in one window, and have it automatically reflected in the connected windows.
See the main article Window Grouping for how to link Single-Asset windows together.
The docking interface can support quite complicated layouts. The ordering in which you dock your windows and create your columns and rows is important, otherwise your windows may not resize quite the way you want them to. Feel free to create a new desktop and play around.