Short Cuts

MotiveWave™ provides a number of convenient ways to do common tasks quicker. This section explores some of these options.

You may have noticed already that when displaying a menu, a key combination is displayed on the right hand side for some of the items in that menu. This key combination may be used as a short cut to access that item without using the mouse to show the menu and select the item.

In the example displayed below, the short cut keystroke for accessing the Line tool is: Ctrl + Shirt + L. This means that you can hold down on the Ctrl (Control key), Shift and press the L key on the keyboard (all at the same time) to switch your mouse tool to the line tool. You may find this to be much faster than using the mouse to select the tools drop down and choose the line tool menu item.

Please Note: by convention tool short cuts all have the sequence Ctrl + Shift + <key>. This makes it easier to remember them.

Custom Keyboard Short Cuts

Keyboard short cuts can be customized in the Preferences dialog (Configure -> Preferences from the Console menu bar). Start by unchecking the Use Default option. With this option unchecked, you can double click on any of the actions (or select and press the edit button) to assign a keyboard short cut.

From the Edit Shortcut dialog, simply press down on the key sequence that you would like to assign to the action. The key sequence will appear in the grey box (see below).

Mouse Wheel

If your mouse has a wheel, you can use this to perform the following actions on the chart:

  1. Time Shift – Move the graph to the left or right (depending on wheel direction)

  2. Adjust Bar Width – This will effectively zoom the graph in or out

  3. Adjust Vertical Space – Changes the space available at the top or bottom of the graph

The default action for the mouse wheel is to time shift when it is moved back or forward. If you hold down on the Alt key and move the mouse wheel, it will adjust the bar width (ie zoom in or out).

This behavior can be adjusted from the Preferences dialog (Configure -> Preferences from the Console menu bar). Click on the General tab, then on the Mouse sub tab.

Mouse Click Options

Keyboard modifiers: Shift, Ctrl and Ctrl + Alt when used with a left mouse click can be configured to do specific actions. The default behavior is as follows:

  1. Shift + Click – Creates Text Comment. When you perform this short cut an entry box will appear for you to enter text. Just type your comment and press Enter (or Esc) to create it.

  2. Ctrl + Click – Creates a Price Guide at the location of the mouse.

  3. Ctrl + Alt + Click – Creates a Time Guide at the location of the mouse.

These actions may be configured from the Preferences dialog (Configure -> Preferences from the Console menu bar). Click on the Chart tab then on the Chart Settings sub tab. The following actions are available to choose from for each click shortcut:

  1. Price Guide – Creates a price guide at the mouse location

  2. Horizontal Line – Creates a horizontal line at the mouse location (extended left and right)

  3. Time Guide – Creates a time guide at the mouse location

  4. Vertical Line – Creates a vertical line (extended up and down) at the mouse location

  5. Text – Creates a text box to enter text

  6. Note – Creates a Note component

  7. Box Callout – Creates a Box Callout component

  8. Balloon Callout – Creates a Balloon Callout component

  9. Line Callout – Creates a Line Callout component

  10. Annotation – Creates an Annotation component

  11. Curly Annotation – Creates a Curly Annotation component

Other Shortcuts

The following are some other shortcuts that you may find useful.

Ctrl + Mouse Drag (Copy)

Revert To Default Tool (Space Bar)

When switching to a mouse tool, you can quickly switch back to the default mouse tool (Time Drag Tool) by pressing the Space Bar. This can be more convenient than pressing Ctrl + Shift + D. Alternatively, you can change the behavior of the mouse tools to automatically revert to the default tool when an action is completed. This can be adjusted from the Preferences Dialog. Click on the Chart tab then on the Chart Settings tab.

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