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How to Calculate the Number of Pips on MT4

This is how you can calculate the pips between two points on the price chart of the MT4 platform:

  1. Method #1: You can place a horizontal line at the first and another one at the second level and calculate the distance of these two lines by deducting the lower line value from the higher one.
    For example, the distance of 1.25661 and 1.10896 levels on EUR/USD chart is 1476.5 pips:
    1.25661 – 1.10896 = 0.14765
    You have to multiply 0.14765 by 10000 when the currency pair price has 5 decimals on your platform (e.g. 1.25661):
    0.14765 x 10000 = 1476.5 pips
    If the price has 4 decimals, then you have to multiply the deduction result by 10000.
    This method which is a little harder and time consuming, can be used both on MT4 and also platforms that don’t have any pip calculation tools.
    Please scroll down to watch the video.
  2. Method #2: MT4 supports a tool which is very easy and fast. To use this tool, you have to press the mouse wheel to turn on the crosshair cursor. Maybe you have never done that before. We are used to use the mouse wheel to scroll up and down the web pages. When we scroll the mouse wheel forth, the page scrolls up, and when we scroll the mouse wheel back, the page scrolls down. But mouse wheel has another function too:
    Over your mouse pointer on the MT4 price chart, and “press” the mouse wheel. You should hear a click sound, and then the mouse crosshair cursor will appear on the chart:
    Press the mouse wheel on MT4 to activate the crosshair tool.
    Don’t worry if your mouse doesn’t support this feature. There is still another way to have the mouse crosshair cursor toggled on the price chart: There is a “Crosshair” tool on the Line Studies toolbar at the top. Just click on it and the mouse crosshair cursor will appear:
    Mouse Crosshair Tool on MT4
    Now that the crosshair is on, move the crosshair cursor to one of the points on the price chart, press and hold the mouse left button, and drag the cursor to the other point while you are still holding the mouse left button when the cursor reaches the other button.
    You will see three numbers at the right side of the cursor. The first number is the number of the candlesticks or bars that are placed between the start and end points of the crosshair movement that you just did. The second number is the distance of two price levels in points (you have to divide it by 10 to have it in pips if currency pairs prices have 5 decimals on your platform). The third number shows the price of the level the crosshair cursor is.

Unlike most trading platforms, it is very easy to measure the number of pips between two points of the price chart on MT4. It is very important to do that when you want to set the stop loss and target orders. For example, you want to know how many pips is from your entry level to the level you want to set the stop loss.

The below video shows you how to use both of the above methods to calculate the pips on MT4:

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56 thoughts on “How to Calculate the Number of Pips on MT4
  1. Singh says:

    I really liked it. Thanks for sharing with us. It is one of those things which I was looking for long time.

  2. andrea says:

    Very useful, never heard before…I keep going to read this site!

  3. Krishan says:


    You are amazing! Yesterday night i was having a problem with calculating pips. Following day, you have given me the solution. No words for your great work!

  4. moaied suhail says:

    hi, dear Chris in the MT4 and in the insert section there are tools like ( gann – Fibonacci – channels – … ), do we have to plan in the future to learn and study them.

  5. Lutendo says:

    Hi Chris,

    Your website is always adding new brain cells to my brain. Thank you for this. Thank you for your awesome website and generosity to share such highly valuable information. After 2 years of highly volatile “trading” going nowhere, I have decided to start afresh and my 6 month journey will be LuckScout.com from today.


  6. zakaria says:

    Good tip, thk’s

  7. Sha says:

    Hi Chris,

    The crosshair can be toggled via the toolbar too. Instead of clicking the mouse scroll. Because, i have come across mouse without scroll (mini one – laptops usage) and also some mouse with scroll but really arent click-able.

    Just sayin so that those with that kind of mouse dont skip this useful tip.


  8. Julio Marreiros says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for sharing this useful tool with us.

    I was thinking about an useful tool to trade multiple and simultaneously orders after the news release.
    The idea it is like this:
    on a particular news we can anticipate if the direction of the market, but we never know the vitality that will happen during the news release. So to prevent this if there will be a script or something similar we can anticipate and create some orders in advance, after on the right time with just one click we put them on the market.
    Do you know if on MT4 we can do that or if there is any script to do it?



  9. Bright Botokro says:

    Hi Chris

    Thanks for the write up

  10. oluwayemisi says:

    “”””what is the other MT4 related topic you want me to write

    hi Chris,

    how about how to back test an. EA (EXPERT ADVISOR ) Or strategy on MT4….. THANKS

  11. Sailendra says:

    thank for the right up!

  12. tony says:

    good day,
    many tks for ur daily pairs analysis.
    there is an easier way to find out ur pips position on an open trade.
    there is a plug in for mt4 called PIPSOMETER. when u download it it displays ur pips position permanently on the upper right hand side of the chart.
    i will email the plug in to you

  13. Abduljalal Muktar says:

    Hi Chris,
    Inferring from the formula discussed above, are currency pairs with 2 & 3 decimal places multiplied with 10 & 100 respectively?

  14. TJ ' TJ ' says:

    Ho Chris, I would like to write an article, to help, but It is not easy to find something that I know that you have never talked about here 🙂

  15. Andrew2 Andrew2 says:

    I’m just registered to your site, after reading some of your articles. First of all, I want to compliment you. I’ve read a lot of forex sites, and this is definitely the best education site I’ve ever seen. I now know what is the best money management to follow if I want to be successful and limit my risk, but I’ve still problems to locate the target and stop loss positions. My broker ask me to select the currency values (the decimal numbers) where I want to put my stop loss and target. If I’ve get properly your article, I want my target to be twice my stop loss, I have to take as reference the value in points. The value in points of my target has to be twice the stop loss’s and at its opposite side. I hope you will tell me if I’m right. Kind regards and sorry for my bad english.

    • LuckScout LuckScout says:


      When you want the TP to be x2 of the SL, then you have to calculate where to set the TP. For example, you have a long position and your entry price is 1.2543 and your SL is placed 1.2500 which is 43 pips below your entry. Therefore, your TP has to be 86 pips which is 1.2629:

      1.2543 + 0.0086 = 1.2629

  16. Andrew2 Andrew2 says:

    Thanks for your reply, sir. Your example is about pair with 4 decimals, but what about the pairs with 5 decimals in them? I have a short position, my my entry price is 0.70945. My stop loss is 0.71676, which is 72 pips above my entry price. I want my Take profit to be twice my stop loss:

    So, I should do: 0.70945-0.00144 (because 72×2=144). Which means my take profit should be put at 0.70801. Am I right? Can you, please, tell me how do you usually do your calculations? Do you have a digital calculator on your platform? Kind regards and thank you again.

    • LuckScout LuckScout says:

      It is very easy and you don’t need a digital calculator. When there is 5 decimals, then 1 pips means 10 points. So 144 pips TP is 1440 points. Therefore, your TP should be placed at 0.69505:

      0.70945 – 0.01440 = 0.69505

  17. Andrew22 Andrew22 says:

    Interesting. Can you explain me why 1 pip mean 10 point where there are 5 decimals? I didn’t know it. And about the currencies with 4 or 3 decimals? Do I have to make the calculation you did in your first comment? Thanks for your kindness.

  18. Hi Chris, the crosshair is great, but I have problems locating the price level where I had put the take profit. The tp was at 1.23093, but I can’t find it, the crosshair jump automatically at 1.23072, so I cannot count my pips precisely. How can I do? Is there some other simpler way to calculate my pips? Thanks. I really need your help.

  19. Hi Chris, this is really killing me. I mean, there must be something wrong. I just took another position, to try again. The dashed lines appeared on my chart, but when I click on them, the info they give me, they’re untrue: they say I have a 351 pips take profit and a potenzial profit of 28.63 bucks. That doensn’t make sense. I counted a take profit of 29 pips. Besides, if they were really 351 pips, it would be a profit of 351 bucks, not 28, cause when you take a 0,1 lot, one pip is 1 buck. What’s the problem? I’m so confused. I’m using an ECN broker called Ajax financial.

  20. Chris, the broker sent me an email, telling they’re not active anymore. So, I think that’s the reason the platform keeps giving me false order data. Now, I have to try another broker and see what happen. I thought the hard part were learning to recognize the good trade setups, but it’s actually finding a good broker. Really depressing. Thanks anyways for your precious help.

  21. Someone can tell me why, when you open a new metatrader account, it always gives you two password? What is the purpose of the second password?Thanks.

    • LuckScout LuckScout says:

      The second password which is called investor, is a read only password. It means if you login through it, you can only see the trades and open positions, but you cannot open or close any positions. It is for the time that you want to share your account activities with others, but you don’t want them to be able to do anything on the account.

  22. Hi Chris,
    Thank you so much of the above reply to Andrew2, it help me much of my practice trading journey.

    Best Regards,

  23. Edwin Darko Edwin Darko says:

    Hi Chris
    Thanks for the explanation but my question is do you always have to multiply by 10000 as you have it in your narration?

  24. Len Ekenstam Len Ekenstam says:

    i had a lot of problems using 5 digits so i dropped the fifth digit and calculate with just 4 digits. much simpler and quicker.if you want to use the 5 digits then put a decimal point after the fourth digit on both numbers. also put a decimal point before both numbers and not just one number or you will get some crazy results. otherwise forget the decimal point and subtract or add the numbers as in any math calculation. works for me, so hope it helps. 21 typos i had to correct or you wouldn’t be able to read this. hello to everyone. len

  25. Great site and great info! Happy that I stumbled upon it! Didn’t know about the mousewheel-trick, very convenient!

    Keep up the good work guys you rock 😀

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