Updated: September 11, 2023

Launchpad Shell Bar


The launchpad shell bar is the uppermost section of the SAP Fiori launchpad. It is always visible to give users access to various launchpad functions.

Launchpad shell bar - Home view
Launchpad shell bar - Home view
Launchpad shell bar - App view
Launchpad shell bar - App view


Launchpad shell bar - Components
Launchpad shell bar - Components

The SAP Fiori launchpad always contains the following:

  • Back button (when an app is launched)
  • Area for branding purposes (1)
  • Page title (and an optional second title) with navigation menu (2)
  • Enterprise search (3)
  • CoPilot button (4)
  • Optional actions
  • Notifications button (5)
  • User actions menu (6)

Back and Branding Area

When an app is launched, the Back icon is displayed next to the branding element.

Back navigates to the previously visited screens. The branding element takes the user directly to the home page.

If the user is editing an object in an application without draft handling, and tries to navigate away via Back or Home, show a data loss message.

The branding area usually shows the company logo, as defined by the administrator. The branding area cannot be left out.

If a deep link to an application is called, and there are no SAP Fiori entries in the browser history, do not display the Back button.

Shell bar with 'Back' button and branding area
Shell bar with 'Back' button and branding area

Page Title and Navigation Menu

Page Title

The title inside the shell always indicates the user’s position in the system. The navigation menu is a quick way to browse the hierarchical structure of applications.

For the home page, the title is Home. In the app finder, it changes to App Finder.

In the initial screen of an application, the title is usually the application name, such as Manage Products. This name must match the app name used on the launchpad tile.

Initial page - page title is the app name
Initial page - page title is the app name

When the user navigates to a different page or subpage, the title should change to reflect the page content. On an object page, for example, the page title is the name of the business object.

Application subpage - page title adapts to page content (here: business object)
Application subpage - page title adapts to page content (here: business object)

Exception: Flexible Column Layout

In the flexible column layout, the shell bar displays the application name. The title only changes when the user switches to full screen mode or navigates. On size S, the title changes when the user navigates between the different panels.

The second title is an optional part of the launchpad shell bar. You can use it to declare specific system specifications, such as SAP Fiori Demo Cloud Edition. Do not use it for a welcome text or for similar purposes.

Shell bar with branding area and second title
Shell bar with branding area and second title
Developer Hint
Use the following title formats for display, edit, create, create with copy, and drilldown scenarios:


[Subobject] (1 of 10)

Use the drilldown format “[Subobject] (1 of 10)” only if the user can navigate to the previous or next item with the paging buttons on the UI.

Navigation Menu

Clicking the page title in the shell bar opens the dropdown navigation menu. The height of the container depends on its content.

To close the menu again, users can click the page title, click anywhere outside the navigation menu, or click the dropdown arrow.

This interaction applies for all device types.

All My Apps

All My Apps lists the main applications assigned to a user’s role. For example, apps from the home page group and the app finder (catalog).

Navigation Hierarchy

The navigation menu displays the previous navigation steps within an application that led to the current page. The current hierarchy level is represented by the page name only. Selecting a navigation entry opens the respective page in-place.

The menu only shows hierarchy levels within the current application, and there is only one entry per hierarchy level.

The entry page of an app always displays as “Home”, and is the first entry. Drill-in navigation adds further hierarchical entries to the navigation menu. If a user navigates to an app using a deep link, the navigation menu also shows the hierarchy levels for the previous app.

The entries are ordered according to the hierarchy, starting with Home, down to the current hierarchy level (= page name). Each entry consists of a title, subtitle, and icon.

  • Use the title to display the name of the previous page (mandatory).
  • Use the subtitle to describe the previous object (optional).
  • Use the application icon if the previous page was the application start page (mandatory if an application icon was defined).
  • Use the default icon for further navigation steps, or if no application icon was defined.

SAP CoPilot

Clicking the Open CoPilot button in the shell bar opens SAP CoPilot in a pop-up window. Users can drag the window to the desired position. The system memorizes this position and opens SAP CoPilot in the same spot next time.

To close SAP CoPilot, users can either click the cross icon ( ) on the top right of the dialog, or click the SAP CoPilot icon again in the shell bar.

SAP CoPilot and the CoPilot button on the shell bar
SAP CoPilot and the CoPilot button on the shell bar

Enterprise Search

The Search icon for the enterprise search is on the top right, to the very left of the group. You can use it to search across all apps and business objects, such as materials, customers, and maintenance plans. Users can search function from any screen within the SAP Fiori launchpad.

Optional Actions

In addition to the buttons for the enterprise search, SAP CoPilot, and notifications, key users or administrators can add more actions to the shell bar. The optional actions are placed to the right of the search button. If an action is placed in the shell bar, it is no longer available in the user actions menu.

Since actions in the shell bar are very prominent, we only recommend placing additional actions in the shell bar if users need to access them frequently.

User Actions Menu Button

Clicking the profile picture opens the user actions menu. If no profile picture is set, a default icon is displayed.

Shell bar user actions menu
Shell bar user actions menu


The launchpad shell bar is fully responsive.

On size S, the search and notifications are displayed behind the overflow menu icon.

When an application is launched, the launchpad shell bar changes its appearance. The app title merges into the shell bar. In addition, a Home button and a Back button are visible next to the branding area.

Shell bar - Size L
Shell bar - Size L
Shell bar - Size M
Shell bar - Size M
Shell bar - Size S
Shell bar - Size S

Lean Mode

The user can right-click a tile and choose Open Link in New Tab or Open Link in New Window from the context menu. In these cases, the app opens in lean mode, and its shell only shows contextual services for the app.

The lean mode was introduced to avoid inconsistent behavior when working with different tabs or windows in parallel, and to improve performance.

The following services do not appear in lean mode:

  • Shell: Home, Enterprise Search, Notifications
  • Navigation Menu: Related Apps, All My Apps, Home (from navigation hierarchy)
  • User Actions Menu: Settings, App Finder, Recent Activities, Frequently Used


Elements and Controls