This is how your screen may look like now (you can move the document windows around on the screen and also resize them like any other window):
We will now work a bit more with the price page and also create some more documents.
▪ As you can see, a price page shows many symbols in a table. Each row of a price page holds one symbol (as was explained already, symbol is the term used in TeleTrader WorkStation for every kind of security).
Note A price page looks like a spreadsheet – in fact, you can also export data from a TeleTrader WorkStation price page to spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel or Open Office by using DDE or RTD links. See Importing and Exporting Security Data.
▪ You can customize many parts of a price page – choose a new background color, use a different font etc. To show you an example, right-click anywhere in the price page. A menu is opened (the so-called context menu – more about context menus below). Click on the last option in the menu – Properties.
▪ A dialog opens. On the left side of the dialog you can see that some groups of properties have been defined (the so-called property sheets) – click on Update there. These are the settings that control the update styles that are used in the price page – the visual effects that are displayed when prices rise or fall.
▪ You want to highlight the name of a DJIA stock in red if prices fall, and in green when prices rise. To do this, click on Name in the list Columns. Then, select the checkbox Color text. The text of the column Name will now be colored according to the price changes.
▪ You now have to choose the colors that should be used. Usually, the colors green (for upwards movements) and red (for downwards movements) should already be selected – but you can also choose other colors, if you like. Just click on the arrow next to the color that you want to change.
▪ Click OK to apply your changed settings to the price page. You should see the changes immediately.
Note You can save all your preferred settings in a so-called template. See Saving your Preferences in Templates.
▪ The price page does not only display the quote data for the symbol: You can also work with a symbol displayed there and, for example, open it in a chart document. Double-click on the 3M COMPANY symbol (that is, the row that holds the 3M COMPANY security) – a new chart document will open.
Note A double-click on a symbol will almost always open a chart (except when you double-click in a chart, of course). You can change this in the TeleTrader WorkStation Program Options, though. See Double-Click Actions Settings.
▪ You can open other types of documents too: Right-click on the 3M COMPANY symbol and choose Open. A sub-menu shows all available options for this symbol. Click on Time and Sales.
▪ A time and sales document opens, where you can see a chronological list of all orders and trades. We will not discuss this document in depth here - you can read more about it in the section Time and Sales.
▪ Leave the time and sales window open and return to the price page (just click on it and it will jump to the foreground).
▪ Let’s say that you have looked at the chart for 3M COMPANY and seen a very sudden price movement at a specific date. You have the feeling that this is due to some news that have arrived on this day. You want to see the news for 3M – but you do not want to manually sift through all news messages from that day to see if something relevant comes up. Fortunately, TeleTrader WorkStation can do this for you: Just right-click on the symbol 3M COMPANY in your price page and choose Open > Search News.
▪ A news document opens which only contains news messages concerning 3M. They are ordered chronologically, so you can easily find out what happened on that specific day.
Note The news messages are identified by the ISIN of the symbol, so this feature only works when both the symbol and the news feed you are working with contain ISINs.
As you have seen, the most frequently needed commands are often available from the context menu in TeleTrader WorkStation. To display it, just click with the right button of your mouse on a document (or any other part of the TeleTrader WorkStation window). You will see a menu that shows the commands that are most suitable for the current situation.