How to Modify Transactions PA20, PA30, or PA40 and Infotype Screen Headers by Country

  • by Rinky Karthik, Project Manager, HCM SuccessFactors, People LoB for itelligence
  • August 22, 2012
Learn how to modify transactions PA20, PA30, or PA40 and infotype screen headers to include required fields that are not standard. See how to improve SAP ERP HCM users’ experiences by providing employee snapshots, such as personnel area, supervisor name, and cost center in transaction PA20, PA30, or PA40 headers. This minimizes HR administrators’ workloads as they don’t have to check individual infotypes to get the employees’ required basic information.
Key Concept

The infotype screen headers modification is a technique to change the standard screen headers for infotype and PA20 and PB20 screens when the delivered headers cannot satisfy your business requirements. With this technique you can define different screen headers for each infotype and also make it country specific. These enhancements via screen header modification are especially helpful for the business end users so they can see a detailed snapshot of the employee as per their organization’s requirements.

Part of my job is to make sure that users are happy with the information provided by the SAP ERP HCM system — what is included and how it is displayed. Oftentimes during blueprinting sessions users have asked me how to modify the displayed information on screen headers. For example, they ask questions like “Can you include the manager’s name in the header?” or “Can we add the cost center text in the header just for the United States?” or “We just have one personnel area; can you hide that field in the header and add the org unit name to the display?” The answer to all of these questions is yes. By modifying the header structure of infotypes (table V_582A_B), infotype header modifier (table V_T588I), and infotype header definition (table T588J) you can assign any available standard infotype and subtype fields by country in transaction codes PA20, PA30, or PA40.

A limited list of fields is available for headers. Custom fields can be added if they are in the Data Dictionary (DDIC); however, that topic is beyond the scope of this article. For more information about how to configure custom fields, refer to this article, “Easily Build or Change Infotype Headers in R/3,” by AJ Whalen.

The screen header consists of the first three lines displayed on a single screen. The overview screens are called list screens in the SAP system. The single screen is where you can see a single infotype record and a list screen is where you can see multiple records of the same infotypes. In the standard SAP ERP HCM system, a screen header is already assigned to most of the infotypes. You can modify the infotype screen header as well as the initial screen header for transaction codes PA20, PA30, or PA40, but you are limited to only three lines and 84 columns. In addition, you need to adjust the spacing between fields to make sure all the field values in the header section have enough room to display properly.

Rinky Karthik

Rinky Karthik serves as a Project Manager, HCM SuccessFactors, for the People LoB for itelligence and has 16 years of SAP HCM and SuccessFactors experience. This includes many global implementations, including support and upgrade of various SAP on-premise modules and SuccessFactors modules in diverse roles, like Solution Architect, Lead Consultant, and Project/Program Manager. Rinky has an MBA in Human Resources and she comes with a strong project management background; as such, she has managed a variety of global projects for clients in different domains. She has extensive experience with SAP SuccessFactors’ SAP Launch and SAP Activate implementation methodologies, and is a Certified SuccessFactors consultant in Recruitment Management, Recruiting Marketing, Learning Management Solution, and Employee Central. Rinky is a frequent contributor to SAP SuccessFactors blog forums, HR Expert, and a regular speaker at a variety of SAP/SuccessFactors conferences.

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