Input History You can use the GuiXT Input Assistant in order to keep a history of your input values. When you press the right mouse button or the application button the history is displayed. With the arrow keys and PageUp/PageDown you can look for the desired value and with Enter or double mouse click on one of the shown values you can enter it into the corresponding SAP input field.

The display of the input values disappears again if you:

  • push the application key again, or
  • select another field with the mouse, or
  • select and enter a value of the list

The display of the input values is ordered chronologically, i.e. the least recently used value is displayed in the first line, and so on:

If you have also installed the local value help (see below), then the Input Assistant adds a text to each of the values in the input history display:

A short version of the input history for all fields of the current screen is shown in the History screen of GuiXT:

Here you can also click on a value in order to enter it into the SAP screen.

Where is the input history stored? Internally the input history is stored, for each SAP screen separately, in a .inp file. You specify the directory for these files in guixt.ini with the History parameter. It usually makes sense to use the system identification of the SAP system as a variable (&database) in the directory line, in order to separate the input values of different SAP systems :

History C:\GuiXT\History\&database

Here the system would use, for example, the directory C:\GuiXT\History\TST if you work in an SAP system called TST.

Activating and deactivating the history function In GuiXT you can activate or deactivate the history function by clicking on Options->History Update active. You can also do this statically with a parameter in guixt.ini:

HistoryUpdate Yes/No

Maintaining the input history manually Sometimes you may wish to change the input history manually, for example to delete certain entries that are no longer used. Go to the corresponding screen in SAP and then click on Edit->History. The text editor (Notepad) comes up and allows you to change the history file. Please observe that the format of each line in this file is

field text: value1;value2;value3;value4;

For example:

Company code: 001;008;003;

Local value help The Input Assistant contains an add-on to the central value help of your SAP system which functions completely locally. This approach has several advantages in practice when working with SAP:
  • The local value help is displayed very quickly, without the central SAP system having to be called up.
    This lets the user work with the local value help as a fast input instrument. This is normally not possible with the central help function, since it has longer and varying response times, both for the initial display and for scrolling in the value list.
  • The SAP system load is decreased by the local value help.
  • It is easy to customize the local value help, without any change to the central SAP customization tables.
    For example you can delete values that are no longer used, or add your own texts to certain values, or create special value lists for certain user groups.

All local files that you need for the local value help can be generated in SAP (see Generating the local value help files). You can store these files on individual PCs or on a suitable LAN server. Here you need a relatively small amount of disk storage: The size of all files together is typically only about 5-10 megabytes.

The directory for the local help files can be specified in guixt.ini with the parameter Domains, for example

Domains \\P80590\GuiXT\Domains

The default directory is the subdirectory ..\domains in the path where you started guixt.exe (i.e. normally C:\GuiXT\Domains).