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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  1. I stumble upon this site when I was trying to calculate how to add pips and what determine amount of pips to be added either for take profit or stop loss. (I will be glad with your explanation on this first).
    Secondly can you please reply to Mr Andrew second questios because in your above explanation, you siad those with 5 decimals should be multiply with 10,000.
    Please what about those with 4 or 3 or 2 decimals places…
    I will be glad with your response

  2. Again, thank you very much . .
    I notice when we go long we add pips when taking profit and deduct when on stop loss.
    Likewise when we go shot we deduct for our take profit and add when on stop loss.
    Please am I correct with this ?.

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