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Which font are you – ABAP developers using in code editor (either in SAP GUI SE38/SE80/SE24… or in Eclipse IDE)?

I have done little research in other programming languages and I found that one of the most preffered non-default one is called Consolas.

So I gave it a try and now I can say that it is great 🙂

It is one of the pre-installed fonts in MS Windows since Vista I think…

Here is comparison between default SAP GUI font:

Courier New:

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and here is Consolas:

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Font settings can be found via button in right bottom corner of editor:

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  1. Naren Karra

    Thank you Tomas. Great one.

    I always deal with the ‘Code templates’ only.

    Will surely make a note to explore these other existing Options as well.

    Thanks once again.

    Regards,

    Naren K.

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  2. Peter Inotai

    Good hint, thanks,

    Generally I like it. However what I don’t like that ‘|’ becomes little bit italic and looks strange for headers for example.

    BTW anybody knows how ABAP editor allows font selection? In Word I have about 100 available fonts, in ABAP editor config only about 20. 🙁

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    1. Tomas Buryanek Post author

      It is because comments are by default italic 🙂 You can set it in settings.

      EDIT: oh, now I see that “Courier new” has | nonitalic…

      And try uncheck “Show monospaced fonts only”. It limits my selection of fonts too…

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      1. Peter Inotai

        Thanks for the info.

        Didn’t notice this italic flag before. I just changed the first one (Breakpoint), and there it was not editable. After changing for comments it works fine. Thanks.

        Didn’t notice this “Show monospaced fonts only” flag either.  Actually “Segoe UI” looks also not bad.

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    1. Łukasz Pęgiel

      Isn’t it better to use dark background? I can’t stand light backgrounds anymore 😉 When you have dark background for me it’s more readable and after 8 hours eyes are quite OK 🙂

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      1. Peter Inotai

        Some of my colleague used it for some other development area. Probable it’s better for the eyes, but somehow I already got used to the light background. For me dark background looks like a telnet session 🙂

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          1. Peter Inotai

            It’s cool for sure 🙂

            Maybe I’ll give a try …. but I’m quite sure if I have to discuss some code with my colleagues and I have this dark background, they would be lost/freak out 🙂

            I had already this experience when I tried the Blue Crystal theme 🙂

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              1. Dominik Di Lorenzo

                Hi Łukasz,

                do you use Windows?

                I tried to use the dark theme in Eclipse on Windows, but some elements stay light.

                E.g. the menu (File, Edit, Navigate…)

                Did you have this problem too?

                Best regards,

                Dominik

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                1. Łukasz Pęgiel

                  Yes, some parts look crapy on windows, but in my case I also use dark theme on windows, some adjustments of windows screen elements and it looks good. The problem with eclipse is that sometimes they use colors from theme, and sometimes from OS preferences ( for ex. Login window) and then it looks terrible. You have to adjust OS settings then to get rid of such prinlems.

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      2. Tomas Buryanek Post author

        I was experimenting with dark theme too, but did not like it personally. As a day light programmer 🙂 defaultish theme is more readable, with better contrast for me.

        But dark theme indeed looks cool! and is used and works for many programmers.

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    1. Piotr Naglowski

      Hi Suhas Saha, settings are stored in files abap_spec.xml and abap_user.xml in path:

      C:\Users\[your user]\AppData\Roaming\SAP\SAP GUI\ABAP Editor

      Best regards,

      Piotr

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  3. YUNUS KALDIRIM

    Hi,

    Thanks for your post. I have tested Consolas font. I think it’s better than Courier font. But i have tested also Adobe source code pro. I think this is better than Consolas font.

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  4. AAH _ES

    After years of using Courier New…it’s time to try Consolas.

    I’m one of the developers who still prefer the SAP GUI instead of the Eclipse IDE. Another thing I have to try deeper…

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