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Connecting With MT4

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While it is not absolutely required to use the Calculator with an MT4 platform, there is great benefit to doing so, because MT4 is the best way for the Calculator to keep up to date with current pip values on all forex pairs because MT4 offers free DDE data.

If you really want to avoid MT4, read this alternative solution.

Read on to see how to do this, or watch the instructions as a video

To make your initial connection with MT4:

1 – Open an MT4 platform.

  • You don’t have to actively use this MT4 if you don’t want to. You’ll just have it running in the background while you use the Calculator.
  • If you don’t already use MT4, you may easily open a free demo (learn more).
  • By the way, MT5 does not offer the free DDE service so the Calculator cannot use that.

2 – Choose Tools > Options.

Within your MT4, go to the Tools menu at the top and select Options.

3 – Click the Server tab

From the Options dialog choose the first tab SERVER.

4 – Enable DDE Server

On that Server window click on ☑️ Enable DDE and then OK.

5 – Choose DDE in the Calculator

Now from the Forex Smart Tools Calculator, open the Settings menu & choose DDE.

You will use this for your initial DDE connection, as well as any time you switch MT4 platforms.

6 – Choose Detect, then Click Here

In the dialog that opens, choose the first tab “Detect”
Under the Detect tab, click on the blue link: ‘Click here to check now’.

This link will connect with your MT4 and extract all visible pairs for the ongoing use of the Calculator.

Watch A Video Demonstrating these steps

Watch this movie to see how to connect with MT4
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