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Tab: GeneralLocate this document in the navigation structure

On the General tab, you can view the properties of the selection and make various settings.


This area displays the technical name and the description.

You can change the description. The new description text is different to the text in InfoObject maintenance and is used in the query display.


In the description, you can use text variables, which the user can enter at query runtime.

  • If you want to use one of the existing text variables in the description, choose Add Text Variable. The dialog box for choosing text variables appears. Mark the selected text variable and confirm with OK. The system inserts the selected text variable into the description. The text variable starts and ends with the character &.

  • If you want to create a new text variable, start with the character &. Using the key combination CTRL + space you can display the input help with all the variable names available in the system. You can also enter a new name. End the name with the character &.

Constant Selection

The Constant Selection property is available for selections in structural components, cells and restricted key figures in queries.

If you go to the General tab and then go to the Constant Selection screen area and select total as constant, this means that this selection cannot be used at runtime for navigation and filtering. Therefore this selection can serve as a reference size.

You can also define components of selections - individual characteristics and their filter values - as constant. To do this, open the Edit Selection dialog box, go to the Edit Selection screen and choose Constant Selection from the context menu of the selection component. During navigation, the selection only remains unaffected by filters with relation to this characteristic.

If the specifications for constant selection overlap (in other words, if entire selections have been defined as constant on structure components and on cells, and if components of these same selections have been individually defined as constant), then the following rule applies: Constant selection on a selection element takes precedence over the constant selection on the characteristic defined on selections in this structure element.


Under Display As, you can specify whether the key figure values of the selection are displayed, and how. You can choose here from the options created for the key figure in InfoObject maintenance. The following table provides an overview of the possible display options in the BW system:

Table 1: Display Type
Display Type Description
Hide Hide:

If you choose Always Show, the key figure is always visible.

If you choose Always Hide , the key figure is always hidden in the executed report.

If you choose Hide (Can be Shown), the key figure is initially hidden in the executed report but can be displayed again from within the report. You can use this setting to ensure that only information that is really necessary is displayed in the start view for the report. You can also show additional details if required.

Highlight Highlight:

You can choose whether to show the key figure using Normal Display or Highlighted Display.

Number of Decimal Places Number of decimal places:

You can specify the number of decimal places. Numbers can have any number of decimal places from zero up to nine decimal places (0, 0.0, 0.00... to 0.000000000).

Scaling Factor Scaling factor:

You can specify a scaling factor between one and one billion.

If you set 1000 for example, the value 3000 is displayed in the report as 3.

Change Sign Change sign:

Specify whether you want to keep the signs (Keep +/- Sign) or reverse the signs (Reverse Sign).

If you choose Reverse Sign, a positive number is given a minus sign (85 becomes -85, for example) and a negative number is given a plus sign (-38 becomes +38, for example).

Note that reserve sign is purely a display function. If the key figure is added to a formula, for example, it is calculated with its correct values.

Node Status Node status:

If you have arranged the structure elements in hierarchical way, you can specify how the node is displayed in the structure: (expanded) or (collapsed). This property applies to the executed query and is unaffected by the status of the node in query definition.

Selection Details

This area displays the selection. To change the selection, choose Edit. The Edit Selection dialog box appears.