Exclamation Mark in SAP Table Maintenance Generator

In a table maintenance generator by default  you cannot store data in a field with exclamation mark (!) as first character.

Open a table maintenance view in change mode.

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Enter the exclamation symbol as first character in a field and press enter/save, the value in the field will disappear. In order to store the exclamation symbol as first character go to table maintenance dialog (SE55).

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Enter the name of the table/view and click Create/Change.

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Double click on the screen on which you want to enter the exclamation symbol as first character (Overview screen in this case).

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Press continue.

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Go to screen layout.

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Double click on the column for which you want to enter the exclamation symbol as first character (First Name in this case).

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Check “Without Template” checkbox. Save and activate. Now go back to SM30, enter exclamation symbol as first character in First Name field and save.

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Note: All the changes will be lost if you re-generate the table maintenance generator.


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