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Definition

A field consists of:

Field data is a single unit of information, such as a customer's name or account number.

Use

Most of the tasks you perform in the SAP System involve data entry. Typically, you enter data in the system in fields.

Most screens in the SAP System contain fields in which you enter data (input fields) or that provide information (display fields). Here is an example of the different field types:

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Structure

Input fields vary in length. In some cases, the length of an input field determines how many characters you can enter in the field. In other cases, input fields are scrollable that is, you only see part of the entry in the field.

Activities

Working in Fields Using the Keyboard

As an alternative to using the mouse, the following table shows the key combinations you use to work with fields. These functions are identical to the corresponding MS Windows functions.

Key combination

Result

¯

Moves the cursor to the beginning of the next input field or next line.

­

Moves the cursor to the beginning of the previous input field or previous line.

à ß

Moves the cursor to the left or right within the input field

Ctrl+à

Moves the cursor word-by-word to the right

Ctrl+ß

Moves the cursor word-by-word to the left

Home

Moves the cursor to the beginning of the input field

End

Moves the cursor to the end of the input field

Shift+à

Marks text character-by-character to the right

Shift+ß

Marks text character-by-character to the left

Shift+Ctrl+à

Marks text word-by-word to the right

Shift+Ctrl+ß

Marks text word-by-word to the left

Shift+Home

Marks texts from the cursor position to the beginning of the line

Shift+End

Marks text from the cursor position to the end of the line

Ctrl+C, Shift+Insert

Copies marked text to the clipboard

Ctrl+V, Shift+Delete

Inserts text stored on the clipboard

Ctrl+X, Shift+Delete

Deletes marked text from the input field and copies it to the clipboard

Delete

Deletes text to the right of or highlighted by the cursor

Backspace

Deletes text to the left of the cursor

Insert

Toggles between insert and overwrite modes

Additional Information

Insert and Overwrite Modes

Typing Data into an Input Field

Changing the Data in an Input Field

Moving from Field to Field

Using the Clipboard

Required Input Fields

Help on Possible Entries for a Field

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