How to configure Link Area in SAP Fiori Launchpad

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Dear SAPLearners, in this blog we will learn how to configure apps as short links in SAP Fiori Launchpad.

SAP Fiori Launchpad

SAP Fiori Launchpad is single point of access to all fiori apps on mobile and desktop devices. All apps visible on SAP Fiori launchpad appears as tiles and divided into different groups. Apps visibility can be controlled by the launchpad administrator based on the user roles.

Types of App Launcher Tiles

There are 3 main different types of app launcher tiles available for fiori launchpad content configuration, click here to know more

  • Static App Launcher Tiles
  • Dynamic App Launcher Tiles
  • News Tile

Each app launcher tile have some definite size and occupies space on SAP Fiori Launchpad home page. Lets look at the below image,

all these tiles simply show the description and an icon. But these tiles are mostly filled with white spaces and don’t have useful information.More tiles of this kind may lead to many empty boxes on SAP Fiori Launchpad home page and not an option for most of the customers.

To save us from this empty white boxes, SAP provided a new area in SAP Fiori Launchpad called Link Area.

Link Area

Link Area is collection of links which are used to launch fiori apps just like the tiles. In contrast to tile display, links occupy less space and allows to display more apps. Link Area is available below the tiles in each groups.

In this blog we will learn how to configure this Link Area in SAP Fiori Launchpad.

Prerequisites

  • SAP Fiori Launchpad Designer(FLPD) administrator access.
  • Quick read on configuring tiles in SAP Fiori Launchpad

Step-by-Step Procedure

Before moving further i would assume you know how to create catalogs and groups in SAP Fiori Launchpad.

1. Navigate to SAP Fiori Launchpad Designer(FLPD) by accessing the url “http://<server>:<port>/sap/bc/ui5_ui5/sap/arsrvc_upb_admn/main.html?scope=CUST” replace server and port. These transaction codes /UI2/FLPD_CUST or /UI2/FLPD_CONF can also be used

2. While creating groups in the SAP Fiori launchpad designer, you will see 2 sections like below

Show as Tiles – when click on add and provide the configurations, this will creates a tile in SAP Fiori Launchpad which is an usual way and i hope every one is aware of it

Show as Links – Yes, this will create Link Area and when you click on add and provide the configurations this will appear as links

3. Click on Add Tile option which is under Show as Links section

4. On Add Tile to the selected group screen, choose the catalog from which you want to include the tiles and select the tiles by clicking on “+” sign.

5. Navigate back to the previous screen, all selected tiles will be displayed under the Show as Links section

We are done with launchpad configurations. Navigate to SAP Fiori Launchpad home page to see those short links.

Congrats.! You have successfully learned the Link Area in SAP Fiori Launchpad and how it can be configured. Stay tuned for more SAP Fiori tutorials.

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