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Installing The Trade Log

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Windows Notice

As you install the Forex Smart Tools, you may seen a notice like this saying “Windows protected your PC”. If you see this, just click the link More info, as shown below.

That will open a new dialog with 2 buttons on the bottom “Run Anyway” and ‘Don’t Run’. Click Run anyway on the left.

Why does this notice come up? It doesn’t have to do with the trustworthiness of our software. To be a ‘recognized app’ in the Windows world means paying a huge licensing fee to Microsoft. Thanks anyway.

Internet Explorer Required

As with many business software programs, the Forex Smart Tools relies on the IE libraries, COM objects and other proprietary ingredients in Internet Explorer in order to run. So you must have IE installed on your PC. The Smart Tools can use any version of IE, from version 7 onwards, though for general security reasons it is always wise to use the most current version available.

Please note that Microsoft Edge is a completely different product and should have no effect on Internet Explorer.

It’s not necessary to make Internet Explorer your default web browser; the libraries that supply Internet Explorer functionality just need to be available for the Smart Tools to invoke.

Beginning with Windows 10, you may need to enable IE, even though it was shipped with Win10. If you get messages about the Smart Tools not running without IE, please see these instructions to enable IE.

Where it’s installed

The Forex Smart Tools Trade Log is composed of two parts, and each part is installed into a different directory on your Windows PC.

Program Files

The actual Trade Log program will be installed into your C: drive. You can find it there by looking in the Program Files (x86) directory and then find the Forex Smart Tools directory. If you’ve installed both the Calculator and the Trade Log, they will each have a sub-directory there.

Data Files

Both the Calculator and the Trade Log are based on SQL databases. Each program uses its own database. This information is set up within the AppData directory, inside the Roaming sub-directory.

AppData is a hidden folder on the Windows operating system. If you are using Windows 10 you can type %appdata% in the search bar, then press enter. If you are on an earlier version of Windows, there are many tutorials on YouTube helping you find the app data directory.

In addition to the database, the Trade Log also stores all the screenshots you may associate with each trade inside a sub-directory in this AppData > Roaming > Forex Smart Tools > Trade Log folder. Your contents may vary, but here is a glimpse into the data folder:

Run As Administrator

Windows 10 runs programs in user mode by default. If you want to run programs in administrative mode, you will need to specify that explicitly in Windows 10. Running programs in Windows 10 as an administrator is easy.

The simplest way to run a program in administrative mode is to right-click the program and select “Run as administrator”. If the current user is not an administrator, Windows will as for the administrator username and password.

If you want to set up the Trade Log to always run in administrative mode, then create a shortcut for it on the Desktop first and make these changes to it:

  1. From Start Menu, find the Forex Smart Tools Trade Log program. Right-click and select Open File Location.

2. Right-click the program and go to Properties –> Shortcut.

3. Go to Advanced.

4. Check Run as Administrator checkbox.

run as administrator settings applied to shortcut

Now when you run the program from Start Menu, it will run in administrative mode.

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