Display technical names in SAP

How to display transaction codes in SAP menu

In short: in menu Extras and Settings, check the box Display Technical Names, this will show the transaction codes next to the transaction in SAP Easy Access.

What are SAP technical names? SAP technical names are the transaction codes that can be used to access directly an SAP transaction from the interface action menu

SAP technical names will then be displayed on the SAP menu right before the long name of each transaction.

Once the SAP GUI show technical names on the SAP menu, you will be able to use these transaction codes for direct access, and also to search for a transaction using the CTRL-F shortcut.

Display transaction code in SAP menu

Having to look for transactions in the SAP user menu might seems complicated, especially as the search is not always successful – sometimes leading to interface errors.

SAP show tcode in menu

However, getting SAP to show transaction codes / technical names right next to the transaction names can be quite useful, and is a simple setting to activate.

how to show transaction code in SAP easy access

In SAP main screen, open menu Extras > Settings.

The keyboard shortcut Shift+F9 also opens this menu where we can have SAP display transaction code.

How to turn on technical names in SAP

Here, check the box Display Technical Names to show transaction codes in SAP menu – or uncheck it to have them hidden, and save the change.

And that's it, the transaction codes are now displayed right next to the transactions names.

In the Easy Access menu, you now have the SAP tcodes with description.

How to show technical names in SAP

Have SAP show technical names is a very easy trick, as the display technical names in SAP is only a checkbox away.

How to turn on technical names in SAP

The SAP technical names are the transaction codes, to use for direct access to a transaction, either from the SAP user menu, or directly from a transaction.

To get SAP display technical names, simply activate the corresponding option display transaction code in SAP menu, accessible with SHIFT+F9.

Display technical names in SAP menu

After having checked how to see technical names in SAP, or how to show transaction codes in SAP, which is the same thing, you will get to display technical field names in SAP.

After finding how to show tcodes in SAP menu, simply go to see SAP easy access transaction codes with following tcodes:

  • SAP Easy Access tcode is SE41,
  • SAP user menu tcode is SMEN.

The solution will also make SAP favorites show transaction code, which will be pretty useful to share quickly a transaction with a colleague.

Displaying the transaction codes will also make your screenshots more meaningful, as both the transaction code and the transaction name description will be displayed, it will be more understandable.

How to find transaction code in SAP?

Depending if you already know the transaction or not, there are several ways to find a transaction code or a transaction description in SAP.

Finding transaction code in SAP
  1. Browse the SAP menu for the right transaction name or code,
  2. Search the SAP menu for the transaction name or code containing a given keyword with CTRL-F,
  3. Show transaction code from within a transaction in the status bar,
  4. Search for a transaction code in the SAP transaction list.

How to display SAP transaction code?

In latest SAP GUI version 750, the status bar is not at the bottom of the screen anymore, and does not always displayed the SAP transaction code currently open.

To view the transaction code in SAP 750 and newer versions, once within a transaction, simply press the button that is located on the top left of the screen between two arrows. It either displaying the system, client, user, application server, program, transaction, response time, interpretation time, or round trips / flushes.

Click on the transaction code, you can also write down the current transaction code right away, but if you click on the transaction, the SAP GUI interface version 750 and newer will now always display the transaction code in the status bar, now on top of the interface.

How to find program name from transaction code in SAP?

If you already know a transaction code, but aren’t sure what is the program name, there are two main ways to find out the program name.

Finding program name from transaction code in SAP
  1. Use the CTRL-F search function in SAP easy access and search for the transaction code,
  2. Download the list of all  SAP transaction codes‌  and search for the program name in that list.

How to add transaction code to favorites in SAP?

Adding a transaction code to your favorites in SAP is as simple as opening SAP Easy access, the SAP main screen, finding the transaction in the transaction tree, and doing a right click on it, then selecting the add to favorites option.

From within the transaction, check the transaction code in the status bar, write it down, and look for it in the SAP menu to add the transaction code to favorites.

How to add transaction code in SAP menu

You can also add your own transaction codes in SAP menu, provided that the transactions exist in the system – that is for example the case of custom transactions that are created by your organization.

To add a transaction code to your SAP menu, simply open the SAP Easy Access interface.

From there, open the more menu, select the favorites submenu, and then click on insert transaction, and enter the transaction code to be added to your SAP menu.

You can also add this transaction by using the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+F4 directly.

If your transaction code does not exist in SAP, you can still add it by using the “add other objects” option, in which you will be allowed to enter custom values in your favorites.

For example, you can add a transaction code to access your  FIORI interface‌  simply by created a Web URL link, and enter the SAP FIORI web address!

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