TRADERS TIPS by Technical Analysis, Inc.
METASTOCK The more I talk to MetaStock users, the more users I find who are not taking
advantage of layouts. The only reason I can think of why people are not doing so is that they don't realize
how much easier it will make their trading — or maybe they don't understand what a layout does.
When you save a layout in MetaStock, the layout remembers what charts were loaded and virtually every
characteristic of each chart (for example, number of records loaded, date compression, indicators, moving
averages, trendlines, text, and so on). Thus, layouts can help you analyze a large number of securities
very quickly. For example, many users like to look at one security with multiple indicators at the same
time. This is simple to set up in a layout (see Figure 1) and can then be called up instantly whenever
Now that we understand what layouts do, I'll show you how to create a few simple ones. To save having
to repeatedly use hot keys, the layout menu is always accessed by pressing [Ctrl] [L]. To clone a chart
(that is, create a duplicate chart of the active chart), simply press [Alt] [C] to access the chart selection
menu and [N] for new chart.