Before we can code anything in MultiCharts .NET, we need to launch its PowerLanguage .NET Editor. What are the different ways to launch this program?

Launching the code editor from inside MultiCharts .NET

With the PowerLanguage .NET Editor we create the indicators, signals (that is, strategies), and functions in MultiCharts .NET (see MultiCharts, 2014). But before we do so we first need to launch this coding environment, which we can do in several ways.

The first approach is launching the PowerLanguage .NET Editor directly from within the main MultiCharts .NET window. To do so we click on its icon ( ) in the main toolbar:

Launch the PowerLanguage .NET Editor from within MultiCharts .NET

If you cannot locate this toolbar, click on the ‘View’ menu, go to ‘Toolbars’, and then enable the ‘Main’ toolbar:

Enabling a MultiCharts .NET toolbar

Alternatively, we can click in the main MultiCharts .NET window on the ‘File’ menu item and then go to ‘New’, followed by selecting the ‘PowerLanguage .NET Editor’ menu item:

Opening the PowerLanguage .NET Editor from inside MultiCharts .NET

Launching the PowerLanguage .NET Editor from inside Windows

We can also launch the PowerLanguage .NET Editor without having to start the main MultiCharts .NET program first. For that, look on your Windows desktop for the ‘MultiCharts .NET64 Power Language Editor’ or ‘MultiCharts .NET Power Language Editor’ icon (depending on whether you have the 32-bit or 64-bit version installed):

Desktop links to the PowerLanguage .NET Editor

Or launch the PowerLanguage .NET Editor from the Windows start menu. On Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, click on the Windows button followed by selecting the downward pointing arrow for navigating to all programs. Then launch the PowerLanguage .NET Editor ‘app’ from the list of applications:

Windows 8 - PowerLanguage .NET Editor app

On Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, click on the Start button followed by clicking on ‘All Programs’ then move to the ‘MultiCharts .NET64’ (or ‘MultiCharts .NET’, depending on your version) folder and launch the PowerLanguage .NET Editor from there:

Windows 7 - PowerLanguage .NET Editor in the start menu

Starting the PowerLanguage .NET Editor with the executable file

If you cannot find the shortcut to the PowerLanguage .NET Editor or want to make your own, its executable file can be found in the MultiCharts .NET installation folder. By default, the 32-bit version installs itself in ‘C:\Program Files\TS Support\MultiCharts .NET\’ while we can find the PowerLanguage .NET Editor executable for the 64-bit version in ‘C:\Program Files\TS Support\MultiCharts .NET64\’:

PowerLanguage .NET Editor executable file

To learn more about the PowerLanguage .NET Editor, see exploring the toolbar and examining the menu items. Working efficiently with the code editor is discussed in keyboard shortcuts for the PowerLanguage .NET Editor.

Summary

We can launch the PowerLanguage .NET Editor in several ways: from the main MultiCharts .NET window with either the toolbar icon or the menu item. The code editor can also be launched from inside Windows with the desktop icon or start menu item. If the PowerLanguage .NET Editor’s shortcut is missing or broken, we can find its executable file in the MultiCharts .NET installation folder.


References

MultiCharts (2014). MultiCharts .NET Programming Guide (version 1.1). Retrieved from http://www.multicharts.com/downloads/MultiCharts.NET-ProgrammingGuide-v1.1.pdf