An Easy Way to Use Hot Keys in SAP Search Help

  • by Maria Nikolova, SAP Senior Expert, National Electricity Company
  • September 20, 2010
The hot key functionality makes SAP search help more flexible by giving you a shortcut to select an elementary search help from the collective search help directly in the input field. Find out how you can apply this functionality to your SCM tasks in your SAP system.
Key Concept

Hot keys is an SAP functionality that allows you to enter restrictions in search help fields directly into the dialog box for restricting values. You can use letters and digits as hot keys.

A search help is an object within ABAP Dictionary you can use to define input helps (F4 helps). The user can display the list of possible input values for a screen field with the input help. The search help is system wide and is a standard function in SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) 6.0. The three types of search helps are:

  • Elementary search help: Implements a search path for determining possible entries. It describes an input help process in which you must choose multiple search paths.
  • Collective search help: Contains several elementary search helps
  • Append search help: Enhances the standard collective search help with customized search paths that you can create without modifications.  I do not discuss append search helps as it is beyond the scope of this article.

Maria Nikolova

Maria Nikolova has worked as a senior SAP expert for the National Electricity Company (NEK) in Bulgaria since January 1999. Maria has a master’s degree in telecommunications as an engineer from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has experience with an MIS project implementation of SAP R/3 (headquarters and rollout), the authorization concept and user administration, SAP Customer Competence Center (SAP CCC) , SRM, and the SD, HR, CO, Asset Management (AM), MM, and PM modules. Prior to joining NEK, she worked as a manager of Equipment Engineering Ltd. for four years.

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