SAP Transaction Codes – How to Find and Use Them

sap transaction codesWhether you’re a SAP developer, ABAP programmer or SAP user, the SAP transaction codes can save you a lot of time and effort, if you know the transaction codes that is. Making sense of the transaction codes can be time consuming and complicated. SAP AG is the leading provider of business enterprise software and getting a SAP certification and experience as a SAP developer or user can open up lucrative career options. The SAP Business Warehouse – SAP BW for Beginners course is aimed at giving beginners the tools to allow them to get an entry level SAP BW position. The course covers the basics of working with SAP BW, it includes working with various SAP techniques and by the end of the training course you should be fully versed in working with SAP BW as a SAP consultant for a large organization. The course includes practical video demonstrations as well as tips, tricks and best practices.

What SAP Transaction Codes are

SAP transaction codes are short cuts for SAP commands that allow you to access various system tasks by using the code to tell the system the location of the task. SAP codes are generally either a combination of letters or a combination of letter and numbers like SE11, which is the code that opens up ABAP dictionary maintenance.

One of the most important codes to learn is the code that lists all of the other transaction codes. The transaction code SE16, used in the TSTC SAP table, produces a list of all the transaction codes.

How to Use SAP Transaction Codes

Now that you know how to access the various transaction codes, it’s important to learn how to use the codes too. To use a transaction code, start by placing your cursor in the command line field. Type /n to end the current task and follow that with the transaction code you wish to start. Then hit return. To open the code list for example, you need to type in /n se11 and hit enter. The list of transaction codes screen will be displayed.

Transaction codes can be used in combination with various commands. /n will end any current system tasks and begin the task associated with the transaction code. “/o+” will create a new SAP session and then begin the transaction code tasks without closing any open sessions. “/o” will list the open SAP sessions and “/nend” will close sessions and log off.

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How to Find SAP Transaction Codes

There are literally hundreds of different SAP transaction codes and quite frankly, the way they are coded seems to make very little sense at all. But all is not lost. There are various ways of accessing the SAP transactions codes you use often.

The SAP transaction codes can be accessed from the SAP menu screens. If you are looking for the codes via the menu screen, then you can place the cursor on a particular item in the menu folder. If you follow the menu path and select “Extras” and then select “technical details” the transaction code will be listed at the top of the dialog box that appears on the screen.

You can also access all of the transaction codes listed in the menu folder by selecting extras and then selecting settings. If you select the “show technical names” the dialog box closes and the transaction code is displayed in front of each transaction item.

You can access transaction codes from other SAP screens by following the menu path and selecting system status. The transaction code appears under the “transaction” area of the repository data.

Finally, you can access a list of recently used transaction codes by clicking the Selection List button found in the right hand corner of the command field. SAP will display a list of the most recent SAP codes that have been used. You can also use these codes from the list by clicking on the transaction code and then pressing enter.

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Finding SAP Codes Using the ABAP Dictionary

You can access a list of the SAP transaction codes and their usage by accessing the SAP ABAP dictionary. To access the codes via the dictionary, you need to use the se11 transaction code. When you use se11, you need to fill in the database table name and then click the display button to view the codes. Using the TSTC table will display all of the transaction codes. The TSTCT will display the transaction codes with the applicable transaction code texts. To display all of the transaction codes you need to change the default number of hits to 99999.

Make a List of Your Codes

As a SAP architect, analyst or developer, it’s a great idea to make a list of the transaction codes you use most. This will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.

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