Archive for the ‘How to’ Category

Open File Location: Another Windows/File Explorer Timesaver

In an earlier post, I showed you how to use Favorites in File Explorer to quickly find files. (‘Favorites’ are now called ‘Quick access’ in Windows 10, but they work pretty much the same way.) Another feature of File Explorer—that you may never have noticed—is ‘Open file location’. The great thing about this feature is there isn’t anything to set up. It’s just a menu option that’s always available in File Explorer. And there are even some situations where it’s available from the desktop. But I’m getting ahead of myself. (more…)

Windows 10: Explore the Action Center

If you used to be a Windows 8 user, like me, you probably hated that “swipe in from the right” thing you had to do to change settings and run searches. Man, that was so annoying to have to swipe just the right way to get it to show and to stay showing.

Fortunately, some things in that right-hand swiping window are now in the Start Menu. Not only that, Windows 10 has a much cooler, easier-to-use feature over there on the right, called the Action Center. You get to it by clicking the speech bubble at the far right end of your taskbar. (more…)

Windows 10: Get the Weather and Keep Your Privacy

If you’re like most traders, you like to keep your information close to the vest. And you studiously avoid anything that smacks of big brother.

So you probably already have Windows 10 set up to not let Microsoft have access to all the information they would like to access (like the location of your computer). After all, why should Microsoft know any more about you and your business than you absolutely have to tell them.

On the other hand, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s nice to be able to quickly pull up the local weather on my computer. Yes, I know it’s on my phone. But if my hands are already on the keyboard, it’s just faster to check it there. (I have the live tile for the weather set up under my start menu.) (more…)

How to Avoid Drowsiness While Trading

If you’re a trader like me, you know that trading, more than almost any other career, demands complete focus for many hours a day. And to really be successful, you need a system that helps you make decisions in a consistent, logical manner.

But having a system of rules for when to buy and when to sell is not enough. It’s not enough because it doesn’t take into account the physical ability of your body and your brain to carry out the rules.

If your brain isn’t sharp and alert because, for example, you didn’t sleep well last night, then you’re likely to miss an opportunity to buy. (more…)

The EASY Way to Back Up Your Trading Computer

Most computer users nowadays realize the importance of backing up their data. Just about everybody has had a hard drive failure, or at least knows someone who went through that agony. In fact, loss of equipment is one of the top 7 trader fears.

Most traders already have a way to back up their files, like Dropbox or an external hard drive. Those are both good things to use, and I recommend you do use them.

But are they enough? (more…)

5 Ways to Capture Ideas on the Go

If you’re like most traders, you spend a lot of your time thinking about how to improve your trading results and, ultimately, your life. You’re dreaming up new strategies, thinking about stocks you want to research more, wondering how you can implement something you just read, or even just deciding what you want to accomplish tomorrow.

I’m guessing a lot of your best ideas come when you aren’t sitting at your computer.

Maybe things just pop into your conscious brain first thing in the morning, while you’re still in bed. (more…)

How Traders Can Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We talk a lot here at EZ Trading Computers about making sure your computer system is as fast as possible. But what about your own personal speed—the speed of your ‘physical’ system?

The two key parts of a trader’s physical system most likely to cause speed issues (more…)

Use Cheatsheets to Get Better at Trading

If you’ve ever been organized in any aspect of your life, you’ve probably used a cheatsheet or checklist. Cheatsheets are available for tasks ranging from military operations to baby sitting. It only makes sense… In the heat of the moment, it helps to have something you can look at—a printed Standard Operating Procedure—to guide your […]

What Exercise Buffs Taught Me About Trading

Not long ago, I did a survey of my readers, asking about their biggest challenges as traders. A lot of you said you just don’t have the time you feel like it requires to participate in day trading. This is a frequent concern I hear on my live webinars, too: how can someone with time […]

Top 7 Fears of Traders and How to Get Over Them

In his first inaugural address (1933), Franklin D. Roosevelt uttered the now-famous line, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He went on to show that the struggle to climb out of the Great Depression was like fighting a war. Aren’t these ideas true of trading as well? Traders are in a […]