I originally put this on page 23 of another thread, but decided to give this thought a shot at its own thread: After daytrading stocks for a very short while with IB, using trailing stops by right-clicking a not-yet-transmitted order, I discovered (of necessity) that e-mini futures trading requires fast bracket order capability. I read the posts here to great advantage, and then tried: - Autotrader (very nice software but not intuitive or graphical); - BracketTrader (again very nice, but not friendly with more than one instrument); - FuturesTrader (very feature-rich but non-intuitive); - ButtonTrader (beautiful but $50/mo., and the tick charts "excite me" into overtrading, while the vertical tape representation led to overtight stops); - ZeroLineTrader. ZeroLineTrader was an eye-opener -- it takes the IB quote sheet, and adds all the required button functionality to one-click submit and manage bracket orders for multiple contracts and multiple instruments. There has been one further step in the evolution, though -- when I saw ZeroLineTrader's minimalist set of function buttons. I realized that IB's order defaults and hotkeys could be combined to provide all the same functionality, in almost as few clicks, with only a few cryptic key combinations. So what I'm on now is: - separate order defaults for each instrument to set trailing stop offsets, with an order type of "market" to be used by the "Close" function; - hotkeys to adjust limit and aux prices (limit via home/insert or left/right arrows, aux via end/page-up or up/down arrows); - shortcuts for mouse left-clicks to sell-at-bid and buy-at-ask (with a trailing stop bracket order); - a shortcut to close the position (at market) after left-click in the Position field; - shortcuts to buy-at-last after shift+left-click on Last Price, and sell-at-last after alt+left-click on Last Price. And the little beastie of a configuration works slick.