1. Beginner's Guide To Fidelity's Active Trader Pro: Introduction
  2. Beginner's Guide To Fidelity's Active Trader Pro: Software Installation
  3. Beginner's Guide To Fidelity's Active Trader Pro: Main Screen
  4. Beginner's Guide To Fidelity's Active Trader Pro: Charts And Settings
  5. Beginner's Guide To Fidelity's Active Trader Pro: Trading
  6. Beginner's Guide To Fidelity's Active Trader Pro: Advanced Features
  7. Beginner's Guide To Fidelity's Active Trader Pro: Conclusion

After successful installation, the ATP application will open with the default screen layout, as shown in Figure 8. The screen includes the Main Menu toolbar, Function Toolbar, Layout Toolbar and several Windows, shown in Figure 9.

Figure 8: The ATP main screen, with Main Menu, Function Toolbar, Layout Toolbar and Windows.


Figure 9: The Main Menu, Function Toolbar and Layout Toolbar.


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Main Menu
The Main Menu bar consists of different menu items, including "File," "Edit," "View," "Tools," "User Agreements," "Window" and "Help." Clicking on any one of the items will open a drop-down list of commands or program choices. Traders can click on each of the menu headings to become familiar with the drop-down lists. In general, the menus are used for the following purposes:

  • File Menu: To access a list of program commands.

  • Edit Menu: To manage Layouts, Toolbars and Preferences.

  • View Menu: To select which toolbars will be displayed (Function, Layout, Ticker and Quick Balances).

  • Tools Menu: Direct links to every individual ATP program tools, including Charts, Level II and Alerts (see Figure 10).

  • User Agreement Menu: To view any of the Fidelity User Agreements.

  • Window Menu: To manage open program windows.

  • Help Menu: To access the Help library, Trading Knowledge Center and User Guides. The Help Menu also provides access to the "About" Fidelity ATP window which shows which version of the application is being used.
Figure 10: Clicking "Tools" in the Main Menu opens a drop-down menu with links to ATP program tools, including Charts, Level II and Orders.


Function Toolbar
The Function Toolbar can also be used to navigate through ATP and launch particular components by clicking the appropriate tab. Several of the functional toolbar components include drop-down menus. Figure 11 shows the drop-down menu associated with the Trade button. The Function Toolbar can be customized to show button labels as only icons, text or icons and text. Additionally, users can decide which buttons to include in the Function Toolbar, selecting from a variety of functions within the Preferences window. To customize the Function Toolbar, from the Main Menu select Edit > Toolbars > Function Toolbar, or click "Preferences" on the Function Toolbar and select "Function Toolbar" under "General" in the list on the left side of the window. In the Button Labels section, select "Icons Only," "Text Only" or "Icons and Text." In the Button Display section, click to select which tools are displayed on the Function toolbar (to hide a button, click to clear the box next to the button). To change the order of a button, select the button and use the up and down arrows (below the list) to move the button to a new position on the toolbar. Click "Apply" to save the preferences and "OK" to close the window.

Figure 11: Clicking the "Trade" button in the Function Toolbar reveals a drop-down menu.


Layout Toolbar
The Layout Toolbar displays preformatted layouts included within the original ATP application and any custom layouts created by the user. To customize the Layout Toolbar, from the Main Menu select Edit > Toolbars > Layout Toolbar, or click "Preferences" on the Function Toolbar and select "Layout Toolbar" under "General" in the list on the left side of the window. In the Button Display section, select the check box next to the name of each button to be shown in the Layout Toolbar (to hide a button, click to clear the box next to the button). To change the order of a button, select the button and use the up and down arrows (below the list) to move the button to a new position on the toolbar. Click "Apply" to save the preferences and "OK" to close the window.

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Floating Windows Mode
ATP has a Floating Windows Mode that enables traders to "float" each tool outside of the application frame and move it around the computer desktop, or from monitor to monitor on dual- or multi-monitor setups. In addition, traders can minimize ATP on the taskbar while leaving any of the tools open on the desktop. To switch to Floating Windows Mode, in the Main Menu select Edit > Preferences > General. Under "Components" click "General" and then "System." The General - System Preferences window will appear. Click the radio button next to Floating Window, click "Apply" and "OK" to close the window, as shown in Figure 12.

Figure 12: The Floating Windows Mode that enables traders to "float" each tool outside of the application frame and move it around the computer desktop, or from monitor to monitor on dual- or multi-monitor setups.


Beginner's Guide To Fidelity's Active Trader Pro: Charts And Settings

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