Area Menus Provide Quick Access to Custom Applications

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • July 15, 2007
Although area menus have been around for a while and are simple to use, many people are unfamiliar with what they can do or how to set them up. Find out the two approaches you can use to create area menus and learn tips for maintaining them.
Key Concept
Area menus provide convenient access to all activities that pertain to a particular area by grouping them together in a hierarchy of nodes and sub-nodes that contain transaction codes (including transaction codes for reports) and other area menus.
Area menus have been a part of standard SAP since the earliest release. They allow you to simplify access to custom applications. You enhance them or design new ones to group similar customizing and reporting-related activities that are specific to your enterprise.

Say the implementation or maintenance team members are tasked with designing a custom application or are asked to enhance standard SAP functionality. This may result in creating new configuration steps, reports, or programs, for example. For convenient access, maintenance, and execution, you could put all these activities — and their respective transaction codes — in an area menu. Or, if your application adds additional features and functionality to an existing area, you could include your new area menu in the standard SAP area menu.

I’ll introduce two methods you can use to create area menus, and then highlight some tips for using them. I’ll also list some helpful references to consult when designing area menus. The screenprints in this article are based on an SAP NetWeaver 2004s system running SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 6.0. However, the concepts presented are general in nature.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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