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Author's profile photo Jan Willem Molenaar

How to use all SAP Web IDE shortcuts on a Mac

In today’s SAP Development Community, more and more MacBook’s are being used. With the latest development tools in the cloud (SAP Web IDE & SAP Web IDE Full-Stack) or made for multiple operating systems (Eclipse), we as developers are no longer required to use Windows.

SAP Web IDE Shortcuts
When developing Fiori and UI5 apps using SAP Web IDE, I want to use as many shortcuts as possible to speed up the development. I noticed this won’t always work as desired on a Mac. The shortcuts can cause side effects which will make them unusable. Some shortcuts can be customized, but not all.

For example, you can use these shortcuts to switch between tabs:

  • Move to the tab on the right: Alt + R
  • Move to the tab on the left: Alt + Q

Unfortunately, these shortcuts can’t be customized.

What’s the cause of this problem?
In macOS these shortcuts also have a function. So when choosing Alt + Q in Web IDE the screen is moving one tab to the left, but on the source tab there is also a ‘Œ’ symbol added to the file:

This is very annoying.

The solution
Symbols like ‘Œ’ are rarely used by me, so I decided to turned this particular function off. This is possible in a very easy way!

In macOS you can add custom keybindings by saving a property list like the one below as ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict.

Create a folder named ‘KeyBindings’ in the ‘Library’ folder if it doesn’t exist already. Also create a text-file named ‘DefaultKeyBinding.dict’. After that it should look like this:

File ‘DefaultKeyBinding.dict’ contains new keybindings for Alt + R and Alt + Q. I created a dummy function for these shortcuts:

"~q" = ("insertText:", "");
"~r" = ("insertText:", "");

Restart the application, aka the browser and start SAP Web IDE. Enjoy your shortcuts!

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      Author's profile photo Shahar Harari
      Shahar Harari

      Default tab navigation keyboard shortcuts were changed with the latest version of SAP Web IDE Full-Stack, and now shortcuts in mac are no longer broken.
      The new shortcuts are(Move to the tab on the left/ Move to the tab on the right):
      Windows - Ctrl+Alt+Pageup / Ctrl+Alt+Pagedown
      Mac - Command+Alt+Pageup / Command+Alt+Pagedown

      In addition tab navigation shortcuts can be edited now via Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts.

      Author's profile photo Jan Willem Molenaar
      Jan Willem Molenaar
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      Thnx Shahar for the update!

      I've customized (shortened ?) them to :

      Move to the tab on the left: Ctrl+,
      Move to the tab on the right: Ctrl+.