How to debug a pop-up window in the SAP GUI

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Debugging a pop-up window is not an easy thing to do in the SAP GUI. Normally when being in a transaction, you can use the /H command. The next action you perform, will automatically open the debugger.

When a pop-up window is open, you are not able to enter the command in the System Function Bar. This doesn’t mean you can’t debug the pop-up window.

First of all, in your SAP GUI, press the  icon or use the keyboard shortcut ‘Alt+F12’ and select ‘Create Shortcut…’:


A pop-up appears. Please enter following details:

Title: Choose the title you prefer for your shortcut

Type: Choose ‘System Command’ in the type drop down list

Command: Make sure to enter the command ‘/h

System Description: Select the system you want the shortcut to be active for

System ID: This option will grey out if you have chosen an item in the ‘System Description’ drop down list

Start Parameters: This option will grey out if you have chosen an item in the ‘System Description’ drop down list

Client: Enter the client of your system. If you don’t know it, you can find it at the right in your status bar

User: Enter the name of your debug user

Password: This use of this field is not recommended

Language: Choose the language of your choice

Location: Choose a location for the shortcut to be saved


After all the details are entered, you can push the ‘Next >’ button:

In the next screen, just click ‘Finish’:

You’ll get a pop-up saying the shortcut was created on the location you chose.

Once the shortcut is created, you can find it on the location you have defined:






Now, to debug a pop-up window, drag and drop the shortcut you’ve just created on the pop-up window:

In the status bar, you will see debugging is switched on:


The ABAP debugger will open in a new session and you are now able to debug the pop-up window:

Please note this shortcut can not only be used to debug pop-ups but also to debug regular sessions/transactions in the SAP GUI. Just drag and drop the shortcut in the session and you’ll see in the status bar the debugger gets switched on.


Davy has been working as an SAP Consultant since 2000 and started working in the SAP IS-U Module , but as of 2002 he has mainly worked as functional SAP CRM consultant and SAP Authorizations consultant.
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By quanptt on 11 December 2015 at 05:01

thanks for share.


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