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CQG IC's main window is referred to as the Integrated Client Window. This is where you will be able to arrange various windows including charts, quotes and trading interfaces. When you first open CQG IC, most of the space will appear as a gray background with a grid. You will be able to save changes to your workspace so that the next time you open the platform, you will not see this blank background.

The Main Window has a number of toolbars that allow you to access the various applications and perform a variety of functions. The Title Bar, Menu Bar, Application Toolbar, Main Toolbar and Active Window Toolbar are shown in Figure 7.

CQG IC\'s Title Bar, Menu Bar, Application Toolbar, Main Toolbar and Active Window Toolbar.
Figure 7: CQG IC\'s Title Bar, Menu Bar, Application Toolbar, Main Toolbar and Active Window Toolbar.
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Title Bar
The Title Bar is located across the top of the main window in the upper left-hand corner. The Title Bar includes:

  • CGQ program icon

  • Time of day

  • System number

  • Current page number

  • Minimize, maximize and close buttons in the upper right
Menu Bar
The Menu Bar appears below the Title Bar.The Menu Bar has buttons including:

  • System

  • Page

  • ChartSetup

  • Tools

  • Studies

  • Print

  • Window

  • Info
Application Toolbar
The Application Toolbar appears below the Menu Bar, and allows you to open CQG applications. Applications include:

  • Chart

  • Quote

  • News

  • Time and Sales (T&S)

  • Options

  • Alert

  • AllCon (All Contracts)

  • TheWeb (goes to www.cqg.com)

  • Order

  • Trade

  • More (other applications)
SEE: Getting Acquainted With Options Trading

System Toolbar
To the right of the Application Toolbar is a toolbar area that includes several different toolbars that are non-application specific and are displayed no matter what applications are open. The System Toolbar,shown in Figure 8, includes:

  • Utility

  • Communications

  • System

  • System Monitor

  • Pages

  • Macros
These buttons allow you to get system information, arrange windows, exit the program, maximize or minimize the active window, and get help.

The System Toolbar.
Figure 8: The System Toolbar.
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Main Toolbar
The Main Toolbar has buttons for Setup and Print (these buttons are always displayed).

Active Window Toolbar
The Active Window Toolbar is the vertical area located on the left side of the window. The buttons change depending upon which CQG application you are using.

Applications that do not have a button on the toolbars can be accessed by clicking the "More" button on the Application Toolbar and choosing the application from the menu, as shown in Figure 9.

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Figure 9: Additional applications can be opened by clicking "More" in the Application Toolbar.
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You can customize any toolbar by right-clicking in the gray area between the toolbars. This opens the Toolbar Manager (see Figure 10) where you can customize the appearance of toolbar buttons (font, style and color), select which buttons to include on particular toolbars, and change the location of the toolbars to suit your needs.

Customize any toolbar by opening the Toolbar Manager.
Figure 10: Customize any toolbar by opening the Toolbar Manager.
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