Understanding the Field Drop Down for All Valid Values in SAP SE16N

Last Updated on March 1, 2021 by Shaun Snapp

Executive Summary

  • Extracting data with Se19N

Introduction

Being a functional consultant, I have always tended to go through GUI transactions to get data in addition to SPRO. I have always been impressed with those who could navigate the SAP tables and understand their relationships with one another. I have begun to use other applications by having Excel mapped to the tables, and I find it a much more logical and straightforward way to understand an application than by navigating through the user interface screens.

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Extracting Data with SE16N on Sub-Fields

I started doing something I would document to use the SE16N transaction to find all options in a field rather than going through the transaction GUI and performing the dropdown. See the screenshot below.

See below; I have performed a simple drop down and observed all the Material Types in the System.

I like to extract data from SAP and place master data like this in Excel to use an external spreadsheet as a reference and even keep it open on a separate screen while selecting or entering options into SAP.

The print button will allow you to export the data contained in a *.xps file. This is a weird file format but can be copied and pasted into Excel. I now have all the different material types kept separately.