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One-click trading

Published on: 16/02/2022 | Modified on: 03/11/2023

Open and close trades with a single 'click' on our web trading platform and MetaTrader 4 (MT4), through a technical feature known as one-click trading. Once a trade size has been entered, you can select the buy or sell price to send the order straight through for processing. This means that you won't be asked to confirm the order and it will be placed immediately.

One-click trading is especially useful for more experienced traders who value speed in their execution. However, similar to most trading tools, one-click trading works best when combined with knowledge of technical analysis, a solid trading strategy and dedication to risk-management tools.


  • This feature allows you to open a buy or sell position with just one click
  • Traders can skip the revision process and place orders more quickly, which is effective for short-term traders like scalpers
  • Once you have requested to place an order, it can't be cancelled
  • Set personal default stop-loss and take-profit order settings on the platform
  • The one-click feature can also be used on the international MetaTrader 4 platform, which gives you the option of automated trading

What is one-click trading?

Our one-click trading tool simplifies the trading process, and enables trades to be executed at a faster pace. One-click trading helps to set stop-losses, identify entry and exit points and place pending orders at a quicker pace, while still maintaining the quality of the execution. It can be particularly useful within volatile markets.

View our video tutorial below to learn how one-click trades work with our spread betting and CFD trading products.

One-click trading tutorial

YouTube video

How does one-click trading work?

The one-click feature allows you to open or close any spread bet or CFD trade with just one click through the buy and sell buttons. This can be either a single or a double click depending on which you prefer, and you can lock the function at any time.

It is important to note that you will not have a chance to cancel the order once you have selected your buy and sell price, so you should take care when using the one-click function, as there is an increased possibility that you could submit an order unintentionally. Before you can activate one-click trading on your account, you will need to carefully read and accept the terms of use​ on the platform.

Below are some of the main components of the tool and their functions that you can find on our advanced online trading platform​​, Next Generation, when you trade via PC​.

Quote panel

When one-click trading is activated, you will be able to enter a trade size manually into the price quote panel. Alternatively, you can choose a trade size from the built-in dropdown menu.

Price buttons

When activated, one-click trading is turned on by default for all price buttons, including the quote panels. When you hover your mouse over any price button, a one-click trading order ticket will appear, allowing you to enter a trade size. You can select to have one-click trading orders apply only to quote panels from the Order Settings menu.

Positions window

You are able to close any open positions with a single touch by selecting the close-out button in the Positions window, under the Account menu. Any pending orders can also be cancelled with a single click in the Orders window.

Order settings

By default, your personal stop-loss and take profit order settings will be applied to your one-click market order. This can be disabled within the one-click trading section of the Order settings. If disabled, all orders will be submitted without any stop-loss orders attached, although you may be able to modify these later.

Trade confirmation

After you place or close a one-click trade, an execution alert will appear in the platform, displaying the execution price, size of the trade, any associated stop-loss or take profit orders, and finally the realised profit or loss for any executed closing order. We encourage you to read this carefully to make sure the order has been carried out as expected.

One-click trading plugin for MT4

We also host the international trading platform, MetaTrader 4, for users that are already familiar with the software. When using one-click trading on MT4, you can place and also modify pending orders, such as take profit and stop-loss orders, before the trade is executed. One of the main attractions of MT4 is its algorithmic trading software, which is perfect for professional traders that prefer to trade fast-paced and volatile markets without dedicating too much time to studying price action.

Register for an MT4 account to learn more.

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Can you use one-click trading with spread betting?

You can activate the one-click trading feature for both products that we offer, spread betting and contracts for difference (CFDs). To find out which product is better suited for you, visit our article on spread bets versus CFDs.

What are the benefits of one-click trading?

Benefits of one-click trading include the following: it allows you to place trades immediately so you don’t miss out on market prices, you can set predetermined execution types and stop-losses, and you can trade on multiple instruments at once. Watch our platform tutorials to find other useful features in trading.

How do I add stop-loss orders to my trades?

On the ‘Order Settings’ panel, you can ensure that the platform will automatically apply default stop-loss and take-profit orders to any trades placed through one-click trading. You can then select the default distances and expiry dates. Learn about our execution types.

Can you cancel trades made through one-click trading?

Once you have filled out your buy or sell order ticket and placed the trade using one-click trading, this can’t be reversed or cancelled, but once the position is open, you can easily close/exit it. This is explained further in our one-click trading terms of use.

How do I enable one-click trading on MT4?

To enable one-click trading on the MT4 platform, you will need to navigate the menu at the top of the window and select ‘Options’. Find the ‘Trade’ tab and make sure that the ‘One-Click Trading’ box is ticked. You will then need to agree to the terms and conditions before proceeding. Learn more about the MT4 platform.

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