waldo: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2019 release Wave 2: Full keyboard shortcut support
Now Wave2 blogging is allowed, there are many topics that I want to share with you .. really, a lot. Time is not on my side – I’m in full preparation for Directions and NAVTechDays, so let’s see.
Today, while working on my SaaS-deployment-pipeline in DevOps with ALOps, I DID find the time to say a few words on one of the topics I’m quite excited about: Shortcutkeys in the webclient, or in other words: full keyboard shortcut support!
In my “real world”, users (yes, I do have customers, although people sometimes seem to be thinking otherwise.. ) have been asking this for quite some time .. and finally I can tell them: it works like it should!
Obviously you already knew about this, because I already announced it here (and specifically here by Microsoft) – just kidding ;-).
How it works?
Very simple: you have a “ShortCutKey” property on action, where you can set the ShortCutKey like this example:
I guess that doesn’t need too much of explanation, does it ;-)? You can simply do it the same for your actions. And I can tell you: it works! :-).
Knowing this, let’s dive a bit into what Microsoft did…
Did Microsoft apply it to the Base Application?
Absolutely. Even more, at the current version (a bit depending on localization), I found 1370 places where Microsoft added a ShortCut! I can only imagine they were able to convert that from the Base Application ;-).
This made me think though – are there THAT many shortcuts we need to start learning by heart?
I decided to dive a little bit more into it, by analysing all the shortcuts by creating a PowerShell script that loops all al files of the Base Application, and lists all ShortCutKey properties in a csv file. You can find the script here: https://github.com/waldo1001/blog.CA...ortCutKeys.ps1
You can find the output in that same repo, but here is the overview of all shortcuts that I found are implemented:
# of Actions
Remark: this is only applied on Page “ItemAvailabilitybyTimeline“
Navigate to “Entries”
“Release to Ship”
Only on (BC)O365SalesInvoice Page
This is an interesting one …
Only on these journals:
SuggestWorksheetLines on CashFlowWorksheet
“Post and Print Put-away” on WarehouseReceipt
Item & Tracking Lines
Run (All) on Test Suite
Card / Show Document (why not “Enter”? :-))
Post & Print
As you see, not really THAT many, but very useful nevertheless..
Now obviously the next question:
Can we change a ShortCutKey from within an app?
And yes you can! So, if Microsoft has forgotten any, you can add them! Here is an example:
As you can see, in this case, I didn’t just add a ShortCutKey, but I even changed the “ALT+D” to something else. And it works .. . Not sure we should all be doing this – and also not sure if everyone would do this, what would happen with conflicting shortcutkeys (although, I guess the “first of last one wins”?), but now at least, you know it’s possible!
If you want to play with Wave 2, get started here:
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