Basic Tutorial 1 - Desktop
This tutorial will walk you through the steps to get started with the TurboTrader Desktop Interface, including opening a desktop, and basic navigational tasks. The Quick Start provided some fundamental understanding.
Opening a Desktop
This page gives you a list of all your saved Desktop layouts. From here you can create new layouts (such as a separate layout for each monitor), rename or copy existing layouts, and delete old layouts you no longer want.
This is also where you open a Desktop layout. Clicking the left-hand link for each Layout will simply open the Desktop like any other page. Clicking the right-hand 'New Window' link will open it in a separate browser window or tab.
Click the Basic Desktop (Mach 1-like) link to open the Basic Desktop and continue the Tutorial.
Understanding the Desktop
The Desktop is divided into two main areas - the Desktop Toolbar, which provides navigation and status information, and the layout area below.
Each of the icons in the Desktop Toolbar provides a specific function, whether accessing market data, chatrooms, help, or status. The following tutorials will discuss them in detail.
The default layout of the Basic Desktop is set out into three areas:
- The Live Search/WatchList area in the top-left
- The Indexes Live Search in the top-right
- The global News Filter along the bottom
Opening a Search
Any 'System Searches' that are visible to all users are shown with a blue globe icon next to them, signifying their global nature. Any without this icon are 'User Searches', which means they belong to and are visible to you only. We will have created three default searches for you:
- Highs, which show stocks from $2 to $10
- Mids, which show stocks from 50c to $2
- Specs, which show stocks from 1c to 50c
Click and hold the left mouse button on the Highs search, which will be displayed at the top of the list. Moving the mouse will cause you to begin dragging the search, copying it from the menu. Release the mouse over the empty Unused Search area to open the Search.
Depending on market conditions, you should see something like the image below.
Understanding the Search Results
Live Searches are applied dynamically to the market by TurboTrader, so changes to the search results, including new and no longer relevant matches, will be added, updated and removed automatically. As the market changes, new matches will be highlighted with a green background, updates will be shown in yellow, and removals will be shown briefly in red before they disappear.
By default, your searches are sorted by the Code column. You can resort the table by clicking on the header of a valid column, such as Volume or Last. Columns showing icons or flags cannot be sorted on.
You'll notice a set of controls available along the top of the Search - Ticks, Volume, and Trade Safety. These plug directly into the active search parameters, allowing you to adjust the minimum tick value to display, the volume flag you wish to filter on, and whether to apply Trade Safety checks.
Opening a WatchList
Your WatchLists are available under the WatchList icon on your Desktop Toolbar. Like the Search icon, you can hover your mouse over to be presented with a list of your WatchLists, including the option to create a new, empty one.
Click and hold the default WatchList button, and drag it over the Highs search you previously opened. Releasing the mouse will replace the active Search with the WatchList, which is currently empty.
Adding Assets to the WatchList
Select the Add/Remove Code box, and start entering a few of your favourite market assets. For each code, press enter to add it to the WatchList.
As this WatchList exists, any changes you make will be automatically saved for the next time you open it.
Rename the WatchList
Now that you have your WatchList open and have a few codes in it, you probably want to give it a better name than simply 'WatchList'.
Note: The Save window is also available for your Live Searches.
Save or Save As
Clicking Save will rename the WatchList you currently have open. Save As allows you to copy the WatchList and assign it a new name. Depending on which operation you wish to perform, you can select either button to complete the save operation.
Give your WatchList a new name and click Save to continue the Tutorial.
Closing the Desktop
Now your WatchList is saved, you can close the Desktop and return to the main TurboTrader site. Click the Close Desktop button (shown left) to take you back to the Live Tab.
This completes the first Tutorial on using TurboTrader.