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You can execute queries in such a way that one of the following occurs instead of the list being displayed on the screen:

  • There is an interactive function for passing on the list

  • The display is in the form of a table or an interactive list

  • The list is saved


    Direct interactions are possible only if you execute the query as if the list is displayed on the screen. If you use Execute and Print or start the report in the background, no direct interactions are allowed. The Save, EIS, and Private file functions are exceptions to this rule, since you can use them when executing the query in the background.

The process is called direct interaction or direct further processing of the list. You must bear in mind the following points when you use direct interaction:

  • The radio buttons for the interactive functions Display as table, SAP List Viewer, Download to file, Word processing, Table calculation, Graphics, ABC analysis, EIS, Private file, and Additional function pool appear on the query selection screen only if the first sub-list is a basic list, a statistic or a ranked list. The option Download to file allows you to include a suggested name for your file as well.

  • You cannot enter the name of an Additional function pool function directly; it must be inserted in the field with the help of the possible entries pushbutton on the selection screen. A dialog box containing all the available functions appears. You select a function from this list. This function name is then automatically transferred to the selection screen.

  • The checkbox for Save with ID is always available. There is also a text field where you can enter a description of the list to be saved. Direct further processing of the list by saving always refers to the whole list.

  • With all other functions apart from Save, the further processing always applies to the first sub-list. When you generate a graphic, the text-value pairs from the first line of the sublist are referred to. The values from the first numeric column are used. In the ABC analysis the values of the first numeric column are used as key figures.

  • You can preset radio buttons with the exception of the Additional function pool - when defining a query. In the QuickViewer, use the dropdown box available in basis mode. This means that a radio button is already selected when you execute a query. You can, however, cancel the selection.

  • Using one of the functions Download to file, Table calculation, Word processing, EIS, Additional function pool or Private file to pass a list on to one of the software products mentioned above is a means of data retrieval. If you execute the query in the background when using the EIS function, only transaction data can be transferred.

  • Direct saving of a list when executing the query in the background allows you to perform extensive analyses in the background and to display the result later online. When saving the list directly in the background, the generated list is not written to the spool file and consequently cannot be printed out.