Output Options for Field Contents

You can use the Formatting options to adapt the value of a field before printing it. You can enter the relevant parameters directly behind the field name. Write the abbreviations of the different options in uppercase letters. Some of the options can be combined.

General Information

The formatting options are not suitable for all data types of a field (for example, you do not need exponential representation for character fields). You must distinguish between numeric fields and character fields. Note also that the value of a field cannot take up more than 255 characters.

Numeric Fields

  • The system first evaluates the length (<length>), if specified.
  • If no length is specified, the system displays the value in its overall length.
  • The trailing blank indicates a positive sign. To suppress it, use the formatting option S.
  • Any offset (<offset>) specified is ignored.

Sequence of evaluation: (<length>), sign to the left(<), Japanese date (L), suppress blanks (C), right-justified display (R), insert fillers (F).

Character Fields

By default, the system displays the value of a field in its overall length, but truncates trailing blanks.

Sequence of evaluation: suppress blanks (C), <offset> and (<length>), right-justified display (R), insert fillers (F).


Formatting Options for Fields




Skips offsets (<offset>) in the field value (character fields only). If the offset is greater than the length of the value, nothing is displayed.


Sets the output length to <length>.


If the field is defined by a Data Dictionary type, Smart Forms sets the output length to the value specified there.


Suppresses the sign


Displays the sign to the left of the number


Limits output of decimal places to <nat.number>


Displays the field value with the fixed exponent <nat.number>. The mantissa is adapted to this exponent by shifting the decimal character and inserting zeros.


Suppresses thousand indicators when displaying fields of types DEC, CURR, INT, and QUAN.


Suppresses leading zeros in numbers


Suppresses display of initial values


Deactivates a conversion routine specified in the Data Dictionary


Right-justified display. Use this option only when specifying an output length as well.


Replaces left-justified blanks in the value by the fill character <filler>.


Converts a date field to a local date and displays it. The date is then formatted using the edit mask JPDAT.

Since this representation uses Japanese characters, it is only to be used in the Japanese version of the SAP System.


The system takes the field value as a sequence of words separated by blanks. Option C shifts these words to the left and leaves one blank in-between as a separator. Any leading blanks are omitted. This effect corresponds to that of the ABAP statement CONDENSE.