Assign Your Own Search Help in the Employee Self-Service Timesheet

  • by Kees Bond, Principal Consultant, CIBER Netherlands BV
  • March 12, 2012
Learn how to adjust the standard SAP system search help behind the fields in the Cross-Application Time Sheet in SAP ERP Central Component and the employee self-service timesheet.
Key Concept

Some fields in the employee self-service timesheet are connected to a search help to provide users with an easy way to look for a value. This feature is similar to the search help in the Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS regular) for SAP ERP Central Component and SAP Web Dynpro for ABAP or Java.

The SAP system’s standard search helps with the fields in the employee self-service (ESS) timesheet. It delivers a table that you can customize so that another search help can be used in place of the standard search. I discuss the steps you have to take to assign your own search help to one or more fields of the Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS regular) or the ESS timesheet.

To show how some fields in the CATS and the ESS timesheet can use a search help, I use the field RAUFNR (receiver order) for my example. The change to the search help is applicable to other fields as well. These tips are valid for both Java-based and ABAP Web Dynpro applications.


The functionality discussed in this article is available from SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) version 4.5 and Portal/SAP Internet Transaction Server (SAP ITS).

Kees Bond

Kees Bond is a senior HCM consultant and ABAP consultant with 17 years of experience with SAP. He followed an HBO education in Amsterdam and lives in the Netherlands.

He started his SAP career in the first Dutch hospital to implement SAP. He was responsible for the implementation of the HCM module components PA, OM, time, and payroll. Currently, Kees is working as a principal consultant for CIBER Netherlands BV.

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