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Quick start instructions
After installing Tick Data Suite v2, start the Tick Data Manager to download or import some tick data (for importing see Importing Dukascopy data downloaded by other applications).
When the download is finished, start Metatrader 4 by double-clicking its icon or by executing terminal.exe. Note that the Tick Data Suite controls will not be available if you use an MT4 instance that was started prior to installing the Tick Data Suite.
Select the symbol that you downloaded data for and activate the Use tick data checkbox in the Metatrader 4 backtesting pane.
If you'd like to change the GMT/DST of your backtest or if you wish to use variable spread, enable slippage or change any of the advanced settings, open the Tick data settings dialog.
When ready, click the Start button. At the end of the backtest check that you're getting 99% modeling quality and - if enabled - that variable spread was used.
If you run into any problems the first thing you should check is the backtest journal, you can typically find more information in there.
Should you run into issues that you cannot solve, run the Tick Data Suite support assistant and fill in the problem details then send the information to create a support ticket. It is typically useful to also include the log files so you can leave the checkboxes for them enabled.