General Report Selection


This function allows users to access business information in the SAP system by starting reports or displaying pregenerated lists in report trees.

Report trees are hierarchical structures that can contain standard SAP reports and/or user-defined reports, as well as lists generated by starting reports. In an SAP System, there can be any number of report trees, and the nodes of each report tree can offer any number of reports and pregenerated lists.


General Report Selection exposes a hierarchy of report trees across all applications. You can:

·        Start reports online and in the background

·        Save lists generated by starting reports

·        Change the appearance of the report tree structure

If you need more detailed information about report selection in individual applications, read the relevant documentation. See:

·        CO Cost and Revenue Element Accounting:

Information System

·        CO Cost Center Accounting:

Interactive Information System Overview

·        CO Internal Orders:

Internal Orders Information System: Overview

·        CO Activity-Based Costing:

Activity Based Costing Information System

·        CO Product Cost Controlling:

Product Cost Controlling Information System (CO-PC-IS)

·        CO Profitability Analysis:

Information System

·        EC Executive Information System:

Executive Information System and Business Planning

·        EC Profit Center Accounting:

Information System

·        FI Asset Accounting:

Information System

·        FI Financial Accounting:

FI Financial Information System

·        FI Funds Management:

Report Selection in Funds Management

·        FI-LC Consolidation:

Group Reporting

·        HR Human Resources:

Human Resources Information Systems

·        IM Investment Management:

IM Information System

·        IS-RE Real Estate Management:

Overview of Standard Reports for IS-RE

·        LO Logistics:

Standard Analyses of the Information Systems

·        PS Project System:

Project Information System

·        SD Sales and Distribution:

Sales Information System

·        TR Treasury

Report Selection


SAP delivers a standard hierarchy of report trees that contain standard reports for all applications, but you can modify the structure to create a company-specific solution that gives users direct access to the information they require. Some users need to start many reports in several different report trees, while others may only want to run one or two reports.


The report trees displayed by general report selection have a hierarchical structure that generally exposes between three and five levels. You expand the structure of each tree until you reach a list of reports.

·        The top level contains the individual SAP applications

·        The second level contains the work areas of each application

·        The third level contains either the objects or reports of each work area

·        The fourth level (if any) contains either the sub-objects or reports each object

·        The fifth level (if any) generally contains the reports of each sub-object

Reports are nodes in the report tree - they are not assigned to superior nodes. Since reports always appear at the last level, they determine the number of levels in any report tree structure.


When users access General Report Selection, they can:

·        Adjust the appearance of the report tree structure

·        Navigate in the report tree to find reports

·        Start reports online and in the background

·        Save lists generated by starting reports in the report tree

·        Perform various utility functions


Accessing General Report Selection

Adjusting the Appearance of the Report Tree

Navigating in the Report Tree

Working with Reports in the Report Tree

Working with Lists in the Report Tree