Set chart template as default in MetaTrader 4 (MT4)

In this article I show you how to set a chart template as default. This means that this template with all colour settings and indicators will be loaded directly when you open a new chart.


The MetaTrader 4 (MT4) chart template is unusable

The chart template installed by MetaTrader 4 (MT4) consists only of a green bar chart, which comes without a side gap and without indicators:

MetaTrader 4 Chart default setting

Create your own chart template

Change the chart according to your own wishes, for example:

Right-click in the chart and select "Chart properties":

  • Change background colour
  • Change candle colours
  • Chart shift and chart autoscroll
  • Show period separation
  • etc.

Drag the desired indicators and Expert Advisors (EA) into the chart to the left of the navigator.

If you need the one-click trading buttons, you can activate these ones by right-clicking on the chart and selecting "One-click trading".

After these changes, your chart could already look quite different from the template above, for example like this:

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Save chart template as default template in MetaTrader 4 (MT4).

After you have customised the chart according to your wishes using the above steps, please save it as a chart template with the name:


You can access the Chart Templates menu either by right-clicking on the chart or by clicking on the corresponding icon in the chart bar at the top, as shown in the following image:

I personally save several chart templates so that I can apply them to different charts to distinguish them.

Use standard template

By assigning the name "default.tpl", MetaTrader 4 (MT4) knows that you want to load this template as default.

You can now try this out by opening a new chart window from the market overview. It will be loaded with the template you want.

Proceed as described in the following image:

Open MetaTrader 4 MT4 in a new chart window.

You can only define one template as the default template. If you want to change the template, simply name another chart template with the name "default.tpl".

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