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Giving some life to SAP menu screen

Time ago, I decided to look for a way to add some life and additional functionalities to my personal boring menu screen… Wait!
This not another document on how change background colours or image on the right upper…

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And after some work, I wanted to share with you the results and how-to.

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Let’s have a look at the differences:

 

Block 1: added pushbuttons in toolbar to exit SAP and navigate to SPRO in a new session.

 

Block 2: added gifs in application bar with different functionalities: navigate to Accuweather and to Google Maps, execute:
MS Word, SAP general menu and SAP logistics menu, send an email by outlook and navigate to Google and to SCN.

Block 3: added gifs in menu area with different functionalities: navigate to gmail, to SAP business workplace, to SPRO,
to Google and to SAP help portal, execute: SAP logistics menu, SAP financial menu, SAP workbench menu, SAP systems menu and SAP general menu.

 

Block 4 and Block 5: added a specific icon by client and descriptive text displayed in title bar on status bar to distinguish visually the client and transaction we’re working with. This will help to avoid committing mistakes when working with different clients and sessions in a smart way. Icon is only displayed in status bar.

Of course you’ll be able to add/remove pushbuttons, gifs and icons and adjust functionalities as you like after reading this document.

Interested?

Great, that means you’ll keep reading this document…

Steps

 

1-Create the following directory: C:\guixt\scripts. This is where our scripts will be stored by default. A script is a file that contains sentences to execute things. We don’t need to have programming skills for this script.

2- Open notepad editor, copy & paste the script at the end of the document and save it as  saplsmtr_navigation.0100.txt in C:\guixt\scripts and close it.

3-Icon and gifs. Download from http://ge.tt/1ngALYy to C:\guixt\scripts (download available for next 30 days). Alternatively you can create/use your own (change name of them in script if needed).

4- Activate GuiXT in our laptop & desktop. By doing so, script will be executed when creating a new session or after new login. This script is run locally in our laptop/desktop.

5- Test & Enjoy

Activating/Deactivating GuiXT

We need to use GuiXT, software developed by Synactive and available for free, with limited functionality. To use it, we need to activate it locally in our desktop/laptop.

To activate/deactivate, just click on customize local layout icon and click on Activate:

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Once activated, minimize Guixt screen and at the bottom of our screen, a GuiXT icon becomes available

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Now we click on GuiXT icon and select Edit, Profile and tic on No language key in script name in further options block. In that way, the scripts we create are non language dependant. We click on Ok button and minimize GuiXT screen.

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Log out from SAP. Next time you log in, you should notice changes in your screen…But before, let’s keep reading.

Understanding this script

You can comment any sentence by setting at the beginning of it these two symbols \\ and it won’t be executed.

The script is divided into blocks that correspond with the blocks shown in the screenshot at the beginning of the document for better understanding.

Block 1: sentences executed here are similar of those executed in command field.

Block 2: sentences with start means that when clicking on a image (gif) system will start execute something (navigation on internet, execution of an executable…) when sentence starts with Input, is similar to using command field but thru an image.

You need to adjust the sentence mailto and set proper TO email.

Block 3: same as Block 2. Sentence POS will shift SAP menu downwards 2 lines.

Block 4 & 5: according to client number, we use a specific icon and a text that contains two system variables (_client and _transaction).

You need to replace client number by yours.

It’s not the goal of this document explain in detail syntax of the sentences in the script. You can find in Internet GuiXT documentation on syntax and keywords for further details.

Logon and test it

 

Log on and your screen should have a new look. Try different functionalities. If you want to know which functionally has every image, just click on GuiXT button and read the script we’ve copied and once done, minimize GuiXT screen (if you close it by mistake, you’ll have to logout and login).

If no GuiXT is displayed, check directory and script names and if GuiXT is activated.

Errors

If GuiXT icon is red

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it means that there is an error in our script. If this happens, we click on GuiXT icon and a GuiXT window will open, containing our script and showing the error. We click on Edit, Script and notepad opens the script for us to modify.

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Once we correct the sentence, we can save (file, save) and exit editor (file, exit) and finally minimize GuiXT screen. We open a new session to check the results (GuiXT icon in this new session should not be red, otherwise there’s still an issue and we have to repeat the process of editing the script and looking for the issue). This process (clicking in the GuiXT icon and edit & save & exit notepad) can also be used to update the script on the fly and see the results immediately. Remember to close editor (not GuiXT! If you close it, you’ll need to logout and logon) if you’re modifying on the fly to avoid having several scripts opened simultaneously with the risk of overwriting the script depending on the order you’ll close them.

Graphics

In block 1, SAP icons can be found with tcode RSTXICON (select Icons as Abap list and use values in column code. In the script the value must be between @’s).

In block 2 and 3 we can use images with extension bmp, gif or jpg. Size of gifs used in block 2 must be 18×18, while for block 3, they can we bigger, I used 34×34.

In block 4 we must use images with extension ico. Size I used is 32×32.

Gifs and icons come from free to use websites or created by myself.

Finally

To avoid someone updating the script, once it works fine, we can hide GuiXT icon. To do it, we click on GuiXT icon and select Edit,
Profile:

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And in start window, select Hidden instead of normal.

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If you need GuiXT icon back, execute guixt.exe visible in C:\Program Files\SAP\FrontEnd\SAPgui. It will be visible till you log off. If you want it visible permanently, update the profile and in start window area set normal.

Stop using GuiXT

If you decide to stop using GuiXT, deactivate Sap GuiXT as we saw at the beginning of the document. If you don’t want to use a script, rename or delete it.

Script. Copy & paste below sentences and change client number and mailto email as explained in step 2

//

// Start script

//

// Block 1

pushbutton (toolbar) “@VB@bye bye” “/nend”

pushbutton (toolbar) “@OJ@SPRO” “/ospro”

// Block 2 in tool bar gif size 18×18

image (toolbar) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\jscn_18x18_1.gif” Start=”http://scn.sap.com/welcome\”

image (toolbar) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\google18x18.gif”   Start=”http:\\www.google.com\”

image (toolbar) “c:\guixt\scripts\mail_18x18_1.gif”     start=”mailto:xx@xx.com?subject=Some issues in system &V[_client]&body=Hello, “

image (toolbar) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\menu18x18_log.gif” “Input=OK:/ns000_lo”

image (toolbar) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\menu18x18.gif”    “Input=OK:/ns000”

image (toolbar) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\word18x18.gif”      Start=”C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\winword.exe”

image (toolbar) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\maps18x18.gif”     Start=”http:\\maps.google.com\”

image (toolbar) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\weather18x18.gif” Start=”http://www.accuweather.com/

// Block 3 in Menu Area gif size 34×34 Images horizontal

pos X[image_container] X[image_container]+(2,0)

image (0.1,0.1) (1,3)  “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\gmail234x34.gif”       Start=”http:\\www.gmail.com\”

image (0.1,5.1) (1,8)  “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\sms34x34.gif”           “Input=OK:sbwp”

image (0.1,10.1) (1,13) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\custo34x34.gif”      “Input=OK:spro”

image (0.1,15.1) (1,18) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\google34x34.gif”     Start=”http:\\www.google.com\”

image (0.1,20.1) (1,23) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\sap34x34.gif”          Start=”http:\\help.sap.com\”

image (0.1,25.1) (1,28) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\Logistics34x34.gif” “Input=OK:s000_lo”

image (0.1,30.1) (1,33) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\Finance34x34.gif”   “Input=OK:s000_fi”

image (0.1,35.1) (1,38) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\Workbench34X34.gif” “Input=OK:s001”

image (0.1,40.1) (1,43) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\System34x34.gif”    “Input=OK:s002”

image (0.1,45.1) (1,48) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\General34x34.gif”   “Input=OK:s000”

// Block 3.A in Menu Area gif size 18×18 Images vertical

//pos X[image_container] X[image_container]+(0,5)

//image (0,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\gmail18x18Alt.gif”     Start=”http:\\www.gmail.com\”

//image (1,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\sms18x18Alt.gif”       “Input=OK:sbwp”

//image (2,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\custo18x18Alt.gif”     “Input=OK:spro”

//image (3,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\google18x18Alt.gif”    Start=”http:\\www.google.com\”

//image (4,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\sap18x18Alt.gif”         Start=”http:\\help.sap.com\”

//image (5,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\Logistics18x18Alt.gif” “Input=OK:s000_lo”

//image (6,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\Finance18x18Alt.gif”   “Input=OK:s000_fi”

//image (7,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\Workbench18X18Alt.gif” “Input=OK:s001”

//image (8,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\System18x18Alt.gif”    “Input=OK:s002”

//image (9,0) “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\General18x18Alt.gif”   “Input=OK:s000”

// Block 4 & 5

SET V[var1] “&”

if Q[client=500]

Icon “C:\guixt\scripts\social_aim.ico”

TitlePrefix “Client IDES &[_client]:&V[var1]V[_transaction]”

endif

// Adjust yourself for rest of your clients by removing // and using client and proper icon name 

// if Q[client=xxx]

// Icon “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\social_evernote.ico”

// TitlePrefix “Client IDES &[_client]:&V[var1]V[_transaction]”

// endif

// if Q[client=xxx]

// Icon “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\social_twitter_bird.ico”

// TitlePrefix “Client IDES &[_client]:&V[var1]V[_transaction]”

// endif

// if Q[client=xxx]

// Icon “C:\GuiXT\Scripts\social_apple.ico”

// TitlePrefix “Client IDES &[_client]:&V[var1]V[_transaction]”

// endif

// End script

A variant

You might prefer not having menu shifted downwards. We can set icons vertically on left side and shift menu rightwards. In that case, I recommend reduce size from 34×34 to 18×18 or less.

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The only thing that we have to do is modify our script, commenting (//) block 3 and un-commenting block 3.A.

Last comment

You’ll notice that when creating a new session, added gifs in application bar shift leftwards. Opening a menu or executing a tcode in command field will set them to their original place.

Enjoy!

Regards,

JM

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      Author's profile photo Narendra Konnipati
      Narendra Konnipati

      Hi JM,

      You are doing wonderful job ,especially in this case.Actually,a long time back ,I have activated Guixt after activation I got one screen shot ad I really dont know what to do with that screen shot but now at least I learned some thing with your post.

      I have small doubt in this case,If we want to modify the sap screen shot ,do we need sap licence in this case ?

      I will try once again this in my system.

      Thansk,

      Naren

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Narendra for your comments.

      No, we don't need to buy any license in this case. Sentences used in the script are fully available.

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo ' MoazzaM '
      ' MoazzaM '

      Great work and I liked the way you have presented this. Thank you for sharing this knowledge.

      Thank$

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks MoazzaM for your comments.

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo Suman Sardar
      Suman Sardar

      Nice to know such thing.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Welcomed

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo Srinu S
      Srinu S

      Very nice blog.

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks,

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo OD Manikandan
      OD Manikandan

      Very nice, Hearty congrats and Thanks for teaching us.

      Regards,

      OD

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks,

      Regards,

      Jm

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      joan mas, very nice. The best part of it is the subject i.e. giving life to SAP Menu Screen 🙂

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Ammarah,

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thank you. It is very nice.

      I have one question. Can i show the system along with client? I have 3 systems (DV,QAT, QAC etc) using same client. It would be better if i can show system also along with cleint.

      Thanks

      Venkat

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Never mind. I found the variable.

      In this way you need not hard code any thing.

      TitlePrefix "Client &V[_database] : &[_client]:&V[var1]V[_transaction]"

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Sap User,

      great! Happy to see you've beginning to adjust it to your needs.

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Nice Work, Also the explanation and presentation was very clear. Keep up the good work. Love to see some more.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Very Nice I must Insist. Again !.

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Anwer for your comments,

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo Jyoti Prakash
      Jyoti Prakash

      Document moved to SCN space for SAP GUI from http://scn.sap.com/community/erp/sd

      Best Wishes, JP

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I can get any piece of this to work?  Running Windows 7 64-bit and SAP GUI 7.30 core patch 6 Hotfix 2.  Just taking baby steps, trying to get the first par to work.

      Activated GuiXt

      /

      Start script

      //

      Block 1

      pushbutton (toolbar) "@VB@bye bye" "/nend"

      pushbutton (toolbar) "@OJ@SPRO" "/ospro"

      Block 2 in tool bar gif size 18x18

      image (toolbar) "C:\GuiXT\Scripts\jscn_18x18_1.gif" Start="http://scn.sap.com/welcome\"

      image (toolbar) "C:\GuiXT\Scripts\google18x18.gif"   Start="http:\\www.google.com\"

      image (toolbar) "c:\guixt\scripts\mail_18x18_1.gif"     start="mailto:daniel.mead@centerpointenergy.com.com?subject=Some issues in system &V[_client]&body=Hello, "

      image (toolbar) "C:\GuiXT\Scripts\menu18x18_log.gif" "Input=OK:/ns000_lo"

      image (toolbar) "C:\GuiXT\Scripts\menu18x18.gif"    "Input=OK:/ns000"

      image (toolbar) "C:\GuiXT\Scripts\word18x18.gif"      Start="C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\winword.exe"

      image (toolbar) "C:\GuiXT\Scripts\maps18x18.gif"     Start="http:\\maps.google.com\"

      image (toolbar) "C:\GuiXT\Scripts\weather18x18.gif" Start="http://www.accuweather.com/"

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Daniel,

      reason to write this document is to share with others. You can use any part of it.

      It should work with your configuration.

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo Yogaraj Natarajan
      Yogaraj Natarajan

      Thanks for this document and i have a small concern.  I cant able to unhide the GUIXT even i have followed your comments as below.  Any suggestion?

      ///

      If you need GuiXT icon back, execute guixt.exe visible in C:\Program Files\SAP\FrontEnd\SAPgui. It will be visible till you log off. If you want it visible permanently, update the profile and in start window area set normal.

      ///

      Author's profile photo Yogaraj Natarajan
      Yogaraj Natarajan

      I have found the solution as running it thru dos mode with parameter "visible".

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Yogaraj,

      execute guixt.exe visible in windows search box will make it back for the session. If you want it permanently, once is availabe again, click on the icon, and in the window pop up, click on edit, profile and in the start window data block chose normal and the click on ok and when back to pop up window, minimize it.

      Enjoy!

      Regards,

      Joan

      Author's profile photo Pascal Rodé
      Pascal Rodé

      I would just like to mention that there is a free editor for GuiXT scripts with syntax highlighting.
      You can download it from the synactive.com website.

      Regards,

      Pascal

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Pascal for sharing.

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Nice Document

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Krishna

      Author's profile photo Siva rama Krishna Pabbraju
      Siva rama Krishna Pabbraju

      Wow....its so cool......!!

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Siva

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for sharing!!

      David

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Very complete.

      Thanks.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      hello everybody,

      We have one requirement in which we want a banner
      'FIREFIGHTER' to come up in every page/every Tcode, if a user logs in with
      firefighter . please suggest.FIREFIGHTER.jpg

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi,

      you could try a script like (can´t test as I have no access to any system now):

      if Q[user=FIREFIGTHER]

      image (toolbar) "C:\Guixt\Scripts\firefighter_18x18.gif"

      TitlePrerfix "*** Caution ! logged as FIREFIGHTER ***"

      endif

      assuming your image name is firefighter_18x18.gif and is saved in c:\guixt\scripts

      Another option I was thinking about is branding but I don´t see how you can restrict logo only to that user

      http://scn.sap.com/people/sushil.aher2/blog/2012/10/02/sap-gui-730-using-branding-feature

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      thanks JM,

      for your response.

      I have proposed the same.

      Author's profile photo Werner W
      Werner W

      Hi

      I’m trying to add transaction code to eSession.txt, but it keeps displaying “…SESSION_MANAGER…” for all transactions. I’ve used the following:

      TitlePrefix "SAP &[_database]/&[_client] user &[_user] &[_transaction]:"

      Any idea why SESSION_MANAGER does not update to example "...SE16..." during tcode execution?

      Thanks

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Werner,

      eSession.txt should contain only global commands. It´s read only once when starting a R3 sesión. I you want to display transaction code use script explained in step number 2 in the document.

      Regards,

      JM

      Author's profile photo Werner W
      Werner W

      Thanks Joan

      Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing and feedback.

      I got “eSession.txt” working using:

      SET V[var1] "&"

      TitlePrefix "SAP &[_database]/&[_client] user &[_user] &V[var1]V[_transaction]:"  

      But I will rather use “saplsmtr_navigation.e0100.txt” as explained in your tutorial.

      Thanks again!

      Werner

      Author's profile photo Mark Bozinovic
      Mark Bozinovic

      Well put together JM,

      I'm constructing some menu's at work and this is another spin on the guixt side

      with use of icons,

      Mark

      Author's profile photo joan mas
      joan mas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Mark for your comments

      Regards,

      JM