Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Using tab order definition

 Well, that’s a funny little thing…..

…appearing in SAP CRM 7.0 Ehp1…A nice new feature which I ran into while activating switches and reading documentation in CRM, was a function called ‘Tab Order Definition’.  By enabling this function you can go through all the fields in a BSP-component in a predefined order by using you TAB-key. And yes, as a user, you can define this order yourself.

And why would you want to do that?

Firstly, you might want to activate this because your lazy and don’t want to click too often, but more likely because you have certain mandatory fields which you at least want to have filled in. It speeds up your business in your front office and is in general a more user friendly way of working for those accustomed to working with a keyboard instead of a mouse.

How does it work?

If you want to read more about it, you first have to activate business function UI_FRW_1_DOCU in SFW5. I want to make clear that this option is Personalization and requires no customizing. Therefore, in your Personalization of the WebUI, go to the Personal Setting block. In there, there is a little checkbox called  ‘Tab Order Definition Mode’ .

After checking this, you go to the component you want to define the tab-order for, in my case the ‘Create Individual Account- header component.

If you then click on the funny little darts, the maintenance view is suddenly surrounded by a blue line and greyed out; the fields are replaced by grey bars. Click on these bars one- by-one to determine your order:

Save your settings and you will be able to go through the fields in the order you want!
It’s a small feature for a consultant, but a giant leap for SAP-users….
If you want to play with it, to make the tab order globally the same for every user, I'll give you a hint: Change your Tab order definition and see what happens in table CRMC_PERS_VIEW…..
* Note: If you want to disable this feature for all users, make sure to add parameter 'TCR_DISABLED' in the users business role