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Hi ABAP developers,

it’s time for spring and the new ABAP Development Tools (ADT) client version 2.73!

Have you as an SE80 expert ever asked yourself how to compare versions, to use pretty printing, or  how to navigate within source code in ADT?

If so, we now have an interesting FAQ guide for you. In this guide, we compare how to perform the most relevant features in SE80 and ADT. This document only contrasts the use of the environments. You can easily skim and navigate through it.

Our goal was to support you for a smooth and quick transition from SE80 to ADT.

Which content is provided?

We have split the content into two chapters:

  1. Eclipse Basics: Here you will the find the basic information about Eclipse that is relevant for your work.
  2. FAQs for SE80 Experts Using ADT: Here you will find in accordance to the corresponding development area the how to information for your work.

What does the content look like?

Each FAQ starts with a header containing the relevant keywords. Below, you will find a table, split into how to information for SE80 and ADT. Each column describes the procedure in a text and screenshot. In addition, the ADT column, also provides a link to the relevant content in the official ADT help documentation to get further details.

P.S. This document will be continously supplemented in future. Don’t miss to propose and comment FAQs that need to be added. We will update them for the upcoming ADT client versions. Thank you for your help!

Have fun reading the FAQs and learning more about ADT.


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  1. Daniel Klein

    The linked documentations are very useful (especially the screenshot comparisons), thanks!

    Figure 20 in section “How can I find class documentation?” seems to show the method documentation instead of the class docu, is this wanted?

    Feature idea: add an option to the ADT preferences to show the signature of a method automatically if the cursor is placed on a method implementation instead of having to press F2 (should include a delay time option aswell).

    I fear we could easily forget about this great feature if we forget the keyboard shortcut for it. And we won’t use the context menu because it is completely overloaded.




  2. Thomas Fiedler

    Hi Daniel,

    thanks for the feedback and the feature idea. We think in general to enable automatic Elementinfo for all kind of objects in ADT and not only for method implementations.

    In the Java Development Tools in Eclipse we have this feature already in place.




  3. Wolfgang Woehrle Post author

    Thank you, Daniel. I have changed the screenshot. It now displays the documentation triggered from the class name.

    Kind regards,



  4. Wolfgang Woehrle Post author

    Hi Julie,

    thank you for your feedback.

    There have been some migrations on the SAP Help Portal in the meantime. Maybe this had some side effects.

    I have now updated the link to the latest version. See here

    Please note that there will be more updates in the upcoming release (NW7.51 SP02).

    Kind regards,




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