Enhance User Productivity with a Custom Search Help
- by Rohana Gunawardena, SAP Practice Director, Exium Inc.
- July 1, 2006
Take advantage of this underused option to add a custom search help without assistance from a programmer or the need for a developer key.
Standard SAP provides multiple search helps for customer look-ups but none that allow you to search by, for example, the VAT registration number field. You can easily create such a search help. Custom search helps can increase end-user productivity by simplifying common searches. Often access to transaction codes SE16 and SE17 is restricted because of Sarbanes-Oxley. Adding a search help is a good way to provide ad hoc look-up.
When users want a list of input values for a field, they can press the F4 key or click on the choose from pick list
icon next to the field (Figure 1
) to activate the SAP search help, referred to as a matchcode prior to
SAP R/3 4.0. Providing additional custom search helps can improve end-user productivity by allowing users to find or cross-
check required data more quickly. It can be a convenient alternative to creating a custom report or query for end users
with the added benefit that it is available right where the user is most interested in the field.
I will show how a functional analyst can add a search help without the assistance of the ABAP or Basis teams and
without a developer key. You do need to create a transport to move your search help to the QA and production systems. For
this example, I will work with customer master search help.
If you are not familiar with basic search help terminology and processes, see the sidebar, “Terminology and
Finding the Right Search Help”.
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