User interface

To simplify and efficiently work with analytical data and to trade, the OptionWorkshop interface contains multiple child windows, which can be customized by adding the necessary forms and changing their location and size. The figure below shows an example of the main application form.

OptionWorkshop interface

Interface settings are saved on the computer, so each time the program loads the most recent window settings.

UI elements

User interface consists of the following elements:

UI elements

  1. Main toolbar – provides access to the main analytical and trading functions (the buttons are described in Table 1)
  2. Workspace – is used to place forms
  3. Information panel – displays information about data and Data source status connection (see Status bar)
  4. System panel – contains buttons of interaction with support (see Technical support)

Main toolbar

Table 1 presents a description of the main toolbar.

Table 1 – Buttons on the main toolbar

Button Documentation Description
T1_I1 Instruments tree Instruments tree
T1_I2 Positions manager Work with trading accounts, strategies, positions
T1_I3 What-if scenarios Create and edit What-If scenarios
T1_I4 Strategy templates Create custom options spread templates.
T1_I5 Instruments Board View detailed information about instruments
T1_I6 Orders manager Place, edit, and track order execution
T1_I7 Delta hedger Work with Delta hedger
T1_I8 Market maker Work with Market maker
T1_I9 Futures Orders Stairs (FOS) Work with Futures Orders Stairs (FOS)
T1_I10 Settings Designate application settings
T1_I11 System log View log events
T1_I12 System information View information about the license and the program version
T1_I13 Documentation site Open the documentation site

Status bar

To monitor the data source connection status, OptionWorkshop contains indicators located in the status bar in the bottom of the OptionWorkshop window.

Icon Description
Click to open the Log form
Click to open the Transport control form.
Data source name Shows the name of the currently active data source
Blinks when a transaction is sent to the data source
Blinks when data is received from the data source
Indicates there is no connection to the data source
Indicates connection to data source is being established
Indicates the data source is connected
Indicates error state, unknown state

Transport control

Button Action
Click to stop the transport
Click to start the transport
Restart all Click to restart all the transports

Forms placement

To display information in the most useful way, OptionWorkshop allows you to customize how forms appear on the screen. To move forms:

  1. Click-and-hold on the desired form’s title.

  2. Move the mouse cursor to the icon locations.

    The icon displays the desired location to place the form [1].

    Part of the window, which will take the form, will turn yellow [2].

  3. Release the mouse button. The form will be fixed in the appropriate position.

Icons description and examples of forms arrangement are presented in Table 3 – Icons description.

Table 3 – Icons description

Button Description Example
T3_I1 Place form on an entire working area


T3_I2 / T3_I3 Place form on the left/right part of the window


T3_I4 / T3_I5 Place form on the top/bottom part of the window


T3_I6 / T3_I7 Аlign forms side-by-side in the workspace


T3_I8 / T3_I9 Аlign forms top-to-bottom in the workspace


Each child window may be undocked from the main window and placed anywhere on your screen. OptionWorkshop also works well in multi-monitor configurations.

Many child windows have special buttons Help buttonon their toolbars. Click this button to get contextual help.

Saving interface settings

To save interface settings (location and size):

  1. Open the Settings window by clicking the button on the toolbar.

  2. Open the Support tab and click the Open configuration folder button.

  3. Сreate a backup copy of all files of the %LOCALAPPDATA%\OptionWorkshop folder (except the logs folder).

To reset the interface settings remove the layout.xml file in the ui folder, restart the program and reconfigure the workspace.

Interface control

For easy navigation in the Active windows selection window (opened by pressing Ctrl+Tab), forms are grouped by type:

  • Strategy charts;
  • Option desks;
  • Spread desks;
  • Other windows.

To quickly switch between windows in OptionWorkshop use the arrows on your keyboard.