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The overall structure of the screen areas of SAP Business Client consists of the shell, the content area with the main application, and the side panel application.

You can use the side panel to display additional context-sensitive information related to the main application in a separate screen area (a container by the side of the content area of SAP Business Client). The role definition determines which side panel application is shown for a certain application.

Note Side panels are not available with SAP GUI connections.

The screen areas of SAP Business Client described above are depicted in the following figure:

Figure 1: Screen Areas of SAP Business Client

You can open and close the side panel area by choosing the toggle button in the shell header. If there are multiple side panel applications available, you can switch between them by choosing Side panel selector.

If you choose Refresh, the side panel applications are informed about changes in the application. Usually, this happens automatically, except in special cases, for example when selecting table lines in SAP List Viewer (ALV) tables.

If you choose Pin , the side panel application does not react to changes within the current main application. It is frozen and remains unchanged even if other main applications are started that do not have this side panel application assigned.