Get the Most Out of the New SAP GUI 7.30 Features: A Guide for SAP ERP HCM Users

  • by Rehan Zaidi, Senior SAP Technical Consultant
  • August 25, 2014
With the release of SAP GUI 7.30 comes the addition of many new, helpful features. They include the ability to define local tab order, to write system-specific comments on the logon pad, and to create client-specific color settings. Rehan Zaidi discusses these new features in detail and shows you how to get the most from them to make your job easier.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn:

  • How to add comments for the various systems using the SAP logon pad, making it more useful
  • About the new Corbu Theme, and how to change colors of the Signature Theme for different systems or different clients
  • How to the change SAP GUI settings to take advantage of floating docking containers
  • How to define your own (local) tab orders for a particular SAP screen, overriding the default tab order definitions
Key Concept

The Corbu Theme is a new theme (light gray and white) that uses brighter icons and larger fonts, providing improved readability. It is compatible with Web Dynpro for ABAP, SAP NetWeaver Business Client, and SAP GUI for Windows.

The new SAP GUI 7.30 provides a number of new features that are helpful to SAP ERP HCM users. I cover the options offered and show how they may be used to make the SAP ERP HCM user’s job easier. These may be related to, for example, changing the color of themes or defining personalized tab orders for standard SAP screens. (A local tab order is a user-specific or user-defined tab order that overrides the original tab order of any SAP screen.)  

I start with a discussion of the comments feature on the SAP logon pad for various SAP systems. Then I dive into the SAP GUI settings available in the new GUI release. These new settings allow you to change the theme used in your SAP screens. They also enable you to change the session windows belonging to each client of a given system to display in a different color. I also explain how to customize the docking container position settings on a given SAP screen. (Floating docking containers are movable objects that can be dragged and placed in a new position in an SAP screen.) Finally, I show the detailed steps required to define a new local tab order for any of the SAP ERP HCM screens that you use.

Note
No administrator-relevant options of the SAP GUI 7.30 are covered in this article.

Rehan Zaidi

Rehan Zaidi is a consultant for several international SAP clients (both on-site and remotely) on a wide range of SAP technical and functional requirements, and also provides writing and documentation services for their SAP- and ABAP-related products. He started working with SAP in 1999 and writing about his experiences in 2001. Rehan has written several articles for both SAP Professional Journal and HR Expert, and also has a number of popular SAP- and ABAP-related books to his credit.

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