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Sync Multi-Chart Mode

Lesson 7 of 12
Duration 3:09
Level Beginner
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Charts displayed inside IBKR Desktop can be anchored to the same symbol or symbols can be displayed independently using the Multi-chart mode. This enables the user to choose the number of charts grouped for similar or tailored display in a single view.

Study Notes:

Let’s take a quick look at how you can manage multiple charts using multi-chart mode.

Click the Quote icon in the left-side panel and, if necessary, click the Charts tab above the display. The single chart displays data for the selected instrument.

To view multiple charts the user can click the multi-chart icon above the chart to the right. Inside the multi-chart display are two areas: The first determines the number of charts to be displayed. The user may configure to show up to eight charts. The second area at the bottom of the panel tells the user what chart feature will be replicated between charts. When activated, using a click on each button, the sync feature controls whether symbol, crosshair, interval or time period carries over to each of the charts displayed.

The Sync in Layout tools allow you to view charts for any symbol, or multiple charts for different symbols. It also allows you to sync or separate various other useful functions.

We will illustrate the sync feature using a four-chart display from the Multi-chart panel.

Choose “Symbol” to have symbols synched across all charts in the layout. To compare charts of different companies, de-select Symbol.

In this example, we will leave Symbol deselected, and close the Multi-chart panel by clicking the icon. Note that clicking a chart makes it the active chart. The active chart is indicated by a blue border. The user can activate each chart by clicking and then selecting a different symbol from the Portfolio tab to the left to see four different charts displayed.

In this case the user selects a different time period for each chart. The user clicks in one of the charts to make it the active display.

In order to view the same symbol the user clicks the Multi-chart icon and clicks Symbol. Now each chart displays the common symbol across different time periods.

Open the Multi-chart panel again and the user clicks on the Interval period to synchronize charts to the active time interval.

Users may elect to sync crosshair, time, and interval so that they can compare different instruments using the same criteria. When you turn on the sync feature, all charts will pick up the synched feature of the selected chart.

Remember that you can increase the size of your chart display by hiding the left and right-side panels. To do this the user simply clicks one or both of the Show/Hide Panel icons in the top left and top right of the chart.


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8 thoughts on “Sync Multi-Chart Mode”

  • Martin Michael

    very nice. What I would like: 1. Easy scanning filter (technical analysis), 2. Option for CNBC TV window, 3. Sorting tools: dividends, volume, gappers etc. Have a look on ETRADE or Webull, everybody can learn from competitors. Happy days and a good year 2024! Martin 😉

    • Interactive Brokers

      Hello, thank you for reaching out. Your suggestions have been passed along to the appropriate team. If you have any more suggestions about TWS, please send it to We appreciate your interest!

  • Michael Sivan

    How about one chart comparing two symbols?

    • Interactive Brokers

      Hello, thank you for reaching out. This is available TWS regular charts (Comparison or Add Symbol). This is in the queue to be released for Advanced Charts. We hope this helps!

  • Pramod

    Is the Multi-Chart Mode available in Client portal or IBKR mobile app ?

    • Interactive Brokers

      Hello Pramod, thank you for asking. At this time, multi-chart mode is only available in IBKR Desktop. Please reach out with any more questions. We are here to help!

  • Bill

    Is there a way to open charts in a new window in order to support multiple monitors and desktops, or are you always locked into a single window?

    • Interactive Brokers

      Hello, thank you for reaching out. This feature is in the pipeline but currently has no ETA. In the future, please submit specific suggestions and feedback directly in IBKR Desktop (speech bubble with thumbs-up icon).

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