Multitask across multiple pages

Enabled for Public preview General availability
End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 15, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019

Business value

Business Central users often work on multiple tasks at a time and have to manage interruptions, such as when a call comes in that they have to take action on. Unblocking users and shortening idle time by allowing them to work in concurrent browser tabs/windows or opening a mini page in a pop-out is very important in these busy times.

Feature details

In this release, users can open several pages at the same time to perform multiple tasks at the same time. The new functionality supports two scenarios.

New browser tab

This functionality allows users to open several browser tabs or windows while working in the same company. To do this, users can open a new browser window (Ctrl+N) and then use a Business Central bookmark or an icon on the desktop to open Business Central in a new browser. This is safe to use several times, both for the same and another company.

When a user has several browser windows open, each is acting as another connection or session. This works basically in the same way as if one user connects to Business Central from several computers at once. Those separate browser windows allow you to work concurrently on any two or more pages without restrictions, except for any standard network data-locking mechanism or business data validation. Users can also expand the different browser windows or put them on different monitors to quickly switch between tasks or validate data against each other.

Open page in a new window

This functionality allows users to pop out a card or document into a smaller, connected window. You do this by choosing the Open this page in a new window button in the upper-right corner of every card or document page, or by pressing Alt+Shift+W.

Open the customer card in a new window

Users can thereby open a page in a separate pop-out window for quick and easy data comparison. This enhances productivity both when working with multiple screens and if users want to place the new windows on top of each other on one screen.

Multitasking across windows

Note that all pages that are popped out using this functionality are linked to the main page so that users can observe data being updated across both windows. Since the pages are opened within the same context, this functionality is more useful when working on similar tasks, such as comparing two posted sales invoices, editing data for an invoice while having the customer card open, or popping out an item card to update it while editing a sales order.

See also

Feature exploration (video)