MetaTrader 4 desktop trading platform

Written by
Gabi L.
Fact checked by
Adam N.
Apr 2024

The MetaTrader 4 desktop platform has the same design, is available in the same languages, offers almost the same order types (trailing stop is also available), has the same search functions, and provides the same portfolio and fee reports as the web platform. These reports can be found under the 'Account History' tab. 

One major difference is that you can set alerts and notifications on the desktop platform, in the form of mobile push and email notifications. Go to 'Terminal Window' then right-click on the ‘Alerts’ tab. Select 'Create' from the menu. This will bring up the ‘alert editor’ window where you can set up your price alert. 

Some brokers prefer the desktop trading platform as it feels more safe and secure for them than the web or the mobile platforms. 


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Gabi Lovas
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Gabi is a former Financial Analyst and Content Editor for BrokerChooser. Previously, she was a European equity reporter at Bloomberg covering European health care and chemical stocks as well as US futures. Gabi has a Master's degree in Economics and is a stock and crypto investor on her own account. She is also a member of an investment club in Barcelona.
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