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Inserting Line Studies Tools on the MT4 Stock Trading Platform

The next option on the Insert menu within the MT4 stock trading platform is the Line Studies Button. These tools are used to insert and draw stock trend lines or to place various technical analysis tools on Stock charts. This button is shown below:

Inserting Line Tools on the MT4 Stock Trading Platform

Line Studies on MT4

The button can be used to insert the following on the Stock charts:

  1. Vertical Line
  2. Horizontal Line
  3. Stock Trend Line
  4. Stock Trend by Angle

A Stock trader may require to draw any of these line studies on Stock charts for different purposes; each line study will be placed on the chart depending on the type of analysis that a stock trader want to achieve.

Vertical Line

This is placed on a Stock chart when a stock trader wants to mark a specific point in a stocks trading chart, maybe to mark the time they bought stock or sold stock. To insert this vertical line on a Stocks chart, a stock trader will open the insert menu, as shown above, then click on the “Vertical Line” option - to select this, the cursor will also change to show vertical line icon, then select the point on the Stock chart where you want to draw this line.

Insert Vertical Line on MetaTrader Stock Trading Chart Insert Menu

Insert a Vertical To a Stock Trading Chart on MetaTrader 4

Horizontal Line

On the MT4 Stock trade platform, this line is placed on a Stock chart so as to mark a resistance level or a support level on the stocks trading chart. The horizontal line can be drawn by selecting its button within the insert menu and then clicking on the level where you want to place it.

Insert Horizontal Line on MetaTrader Stock Trading Chart Insert Menu

Drawing a Horizontal Line on MT4

On the stocks trading example above this horizontal line is drawn at stocks price support point, the stocks price bounces up the second time that it gets to this point. The stock trend then changes to upward stock trend direction.

Stock Trend Line

This is one of the most commonly used technical analysis tool in stock trading. To draw this stock trend line a Stock trader can access this button from the insert menu. An upward stock trend line on MT4 stocks trading platform is shown below.

How to Insert a Stock Trend Line on the MT4 stocks trading platform Insert Menu

Stock Trend Line Drawn on MetaTrader 4

To draw a stock trend line a Stock trader has to have two points and join these points with the stock trend line and then extend it as shown above.

A stock trader can draw this stock trend line for either an upward stock trend direction or downward stock trend direction

Stock Trend Line by Angle

The next option is to draw a stock trend by angle, this one looks exactly like the ordinary stock trend line shown above, only that in addition it will show the angle at which the stock trend line is slanting which many trades may use as a signal and specify to only trade if the angle is more than 30 degrees.


As a stock trader you may want to change the formatting of a specific item for example let use the “Stock Trend Line” study, if you want to edit its properties then you can select it by double clicking on it, then right click on it and the following menu will show.

Edit Stock Trend Line Properties on MT4 Stocks Charts


Common Properties

After the above menu appears (Note the stock trend line has three square points that you can click and drag with your mouse to adjust it to another point using these three squares), select the first option only “Stock Trend line Properties”, the following popup window will appear.

Stock Trend Line Editing Window for Editing Trendline Properties

From this menu a stock trader can rename the stock trend line, give it a description, change the style color to another color using the down arrow next to the color named “Blue” above or change the width property by selecting a different style from the 2 drop down arrow buttons next to the color button, and then select okay.

The other options are marked “Parameters” and “Visualization”


On the parameter, tick/untick the option marked as “Ray”, this will extend/unextend the stock trend line up to the point where you have selected. Download the MetaTrader to learn what this we are talking about.

Edit Indicator Parameters MT4 Edit Line Studies


Visualization is used to select whether the line is shown on all time frames or only shown on a select few time frames that a stock trader can choose and select from this option as shown below.

Stock Trading Chart Timeframes Visualization Settings For Indicators MT4

Customizing Tools MT4 Studies


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