“About This Page” in Dynamics 365 Business Central

We’re entering a brave new world of web-client-only experience with Dynamics 365 Business Central. That is simultaneously great news and presents a challenge for those who know and love the Windows client.

It doesn’t take long for most consultants to realise that they can’t view the “About this Page” (Ctrl+Alt+F1) page in the web client – and to get upset about that. In my experience it was used a lot to read values of fields in the current record that aren’t visible on the page.

Hopefully this is something that Microsoft will address in a future version of the client, but in the meantime I’ve created an extension that provides some of the functionality.

You can download the extension here: James Pearson_About This Page_1.0.4.0

Disclaimer: obviously, if you choose to publish and use this extension in your tenant you do so at your own risk. I don’t take responsibility for any problems you run into.

  1. Extract zip
  2. Use the Upload Extension command on the Extension Management page to publish and install the .app file from #1 into the tenant
  3. Wait for the publish to finish (see the Deployment Status page for more info)
  4. Navigate to a page you’re interested in
  5. Search for (bulb icon in the top right corner, Alt+Q) “About This Page”
  6. Enjoy

This is an initial version and various improvements could be made, if Microsoft don’t give us a better solution first. You can find the code and contribute here: https://github.com/jimmymcp/BusinessCentral-AboutThisPage

Update: v1.0.4

The “About This Page” page now includes the source table and page details. I’ve also renumbered the objects into a different range as 80,000 – 99,999 is going to be reserved for extension objects.

 

5 thoughts on ““About This Page” in Dynamics 365 Business Central

  1. Nice. I still liked the result of the old Ctrl+F8 much better than Ctrl+Alt+F1. The field name/captions and data values were easily copied to Excel. Just hit Ctrl+F8, Ctrl+A, switch to Excel and paste with Ctrl+V. I used it a lot for comparing the values in a record before and after doing something with the record.
    Please Microsoft, give us back an easy way to do this again.

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  2. Hi James,

    great stuff. You have made a lot of people happy with this change. Would there be a chance of releasing this functionality for NAV 2018 as well, or would the platform not support the necessary changes? We still have a number of customers on NAV 2018.

    Thanks,

    Bartel

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