Save Time by Downloading All Your SAP Smart Styles at Once

  • by Qazi Wasif Ali, SAP ABAP Consultant, Descon Engineering Limited
  • December 15, 2011
Use ABAP code to create a utility that allows you to download standard or custom SAP Smart Styles. With it, you’ll be able to download all SAP Smart Styles or a selection that you have defined, eliminating a normally laborious process.
Key Concept
SAP Smart Styles are used for formatting of printing documents that companies normally send outside of the company. These include sales orders, purchase orders, delivery notes, invoices, and quotations. SAP Smart Styles normally contain different types of information such as font size, color, family, and other attributes such as bold, italic, underline, text margin from the left, right, top and bottom, line spacing, indentation, and barcode information.

As an ABAP programmer, you have times when you want to download your work — whether it’s programs, custom SAP Smart Styles, applications, enhancements, or tables — to a different local system or external media. You might need to take it to another machine or another project that could benefit from the work you’ve developed.

Let’s take SAP Smart Styles as an example. Say you have 150 SAP Smart Styles that you wanted to move to another machine. The usual process involves downloading each SAP Smart Style individually, resulting in a repetitive, time-consuming process. I’ve developed a utility with ABAP code that allows you to download all custom or standard SAP Smart Styles in one effort. There is no third-party tool involved; it is completely based on the SAP system. To run it, you should have some basic knowledge of ABAP. I’ll start by showing you what the process to download SAP Smart Style usually requires, and then I’ll show you the code involved in my process.

Qazi Wasif Ali

Qazi Wasif Ali is an SAP ABAP certified consultant at Descon Engineering Limited in Pakistan. He has more than six years of SAP ABAP experience. He has a degree in computer science and has worked in industries such as packaging, beverages, and chemicals. Previously, he worked at Siemens Pakistan and Abacus Consulting. Qazi has also participated in support projects.

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