SAP Infotype Menus

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SAP Infotype MenusWelcome to the tutorial on SAP Infotype Menus in Personnel Administration. An infotype menu is a list of frequently used infotypes grouped together by subject matter. Upon completion of this tutorial, you will learn how to use and configure new SAP menus. This tutorial is part of our free SAP HCM course.

Use of SAP Infotype Menus

1. Infotype menus help to structure the HR master data view by grouping together infotypes by subject matter.

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2. The infotype menus can be configured differently for different user groups, hence improving the relevance of the HR master data view. This user-group dependency is two-dimensional:

  • It means that an end-user can see only those infotype menus relevant to his/her role or nature of work.
  • It also means that within the same infotype menu, different end users can see different infotypes required for their area of responsibility.

Calling SAP Infotype Menus

When HR master data is displayed via transaction code PA20 or maintained via transaction code PA30, the menus are called as shown in the picture below.

PA20 - SAP Infotype Menus
PA20 – SAP Infotype Menus

Each of the tabs highlighted in the figure represents an infotype menu. The following infotype menus are visible:

  • Core Employee Info.
  • Empl. Contract data
  • Gross/net payroll
  • Net payroll

There are also other menus further right, to view these you can scroll to the right using the Right arrow key as highlighted in the picture below.

SAP Infotype Menus – Scroll Right
SAP Infotype Menus – Scroll Right

You can also check the entire list of infotype menus by clicking on the icon shown in the next picture.

View List of SAP Infotype Menus
View List of SAP Infotype Menus

The list in our system is shown below.

List of SAP Infotype Menus
List of SAP Infotype Menus

You can check the list of infotypes in each menu by clicking on the tab corresponding to that menu.

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For example, in the next picture, we can see the list of infotypes grouped together in the Gross/net payroll menu.

Infotypes in SAP Infotype Menu
Infotypes in SAP Infotype Menu

SAP Infotype Menu Configuration

Configuration of SAP infotype menus comprises of the below steps.

Define an Infotype Menu

Here you define an infotype menu by following the customizing path (transaction code SPRO):

Personnel Management- Personnel Administration – Customizing Procedures – Infotype menus – Infotype menu

Customizing Path for SAP Infotype Menus
Customizing Path for SAP Infotype Menus

Further, this step consists of two activities as you can see on the next screenshot.

Infotype Menu Configuration Activities
Infotype Menu Configuration Activities

Determine Whether the Menu Should be Dependent on User Group

You can choose whether the menu should be dependent on User group. For example, in an organization where all HR maintenance activity is handled centrally by a common team, the need for User group-dependent menus may not arise. Whereas in another organization, where Personnel Administration data entry is handled by one team, Payroll-related data entry is handled by a second and Time-related data entry by a third, three user groups will be required along with different user group-dependent Infotype menus.

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To configure this dependency, choose the first activity shown on the screenshot above. It takes you to the screen depicted below.

User Group Dependency of SAP Infotype Menus
User Group Dependency of SAP Infotype Menus

Note that the menu type is I (Infotype menu). This applies to all Infotype menus and this field is non-editable. In this screen, you can create a new Infotype menu. You can specify that it is User group-dependent by checking the flag as highlighted in the picture above. Leave the flag unchecked if the menu should not be dependent on User group.

Reference User Group & Reaction
Reference User Group & Reaction

There are two columns highlighted in the screenshot above.

The Ref. column is used to specify the Reference user group that should be used for the menu layout if the User group has not been maintained for the user.

The Reaction column is used to specify how the system should react if the User group has not been maintained for the user.

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You can set any of the below mentioned reactions:

  • <Blank> – The menu for the specified reference user group is displayed without any message.
  • ‘W’ – The menu for the specified reference user group is displayed along with a Warning message.
  • ‘E’ – No menu is displayed but an Error is thrown to convey that the User group has not been maintained.

On a side note, the parameter UGR should be assigned to every user during user creation. The parameter value indicates the User group.

List Out the Infotypes in the Infotype Menu

To edit the infotypes in an infotype menu, choose the second activity in the choose menu dialog shown above. It takes you to the pop-up box depicted in the picture below. Enter the two-character menu code for which you want to edit the list of infotypes. We have entered 04 (Net payroll) as an example.

Specify Infotype Menu
Specify Infotype Menu

The next picture depicts the sequence of infotypes that will be displayed in the Net payroll menu for the User group 01.

Infotypes for User Group 01
Infotypes for User Group 01

The next picture depicts the sequence of infotypes that will be displayed in the Net payroll menu for the User group 02.

Infotypes for User Group 02
Infotypes for User Group 02

Similarly, the required sequence of infotypes can be defined for all the user groups in the organization.

Determine Choice of SAP Infotype Menu

In this activity, we define which infotype menus should be displayed as tab strips in the Display HR master data and the Maintain HR master data views for each user group.

Follow the below the Customizing path (transaction code SPRO) as shown in the next picture:

Personnel Management – Personnel Administration – Customizing Procedures – Infotype menus – Determine choice of infotype menus

Customizing path - Determine Choice of SAP Infotype Menus
Customizing path – Determine Choice of SAP Infotype Menus

The screen will pop up as shown in the picture below.

SAP Infotype Menus – Choose Activity
SAP Infotype Menus – Choose Activity

Double click on the second activity. Enter Menu ‘01’ in the screen as shown in the next picture. Menu ‘01’ is the menu for HR master data and hence this must be entered here. Do not confuse this with the two-character infotype menu codes in the previous activity.

Determine Work Area
Determine Work Area

In the screen that follows, the sequence of infotype menus is defined for each user group. Our user id has been assigned to user group 40 as can be seen in the screenshot below.

User Group Assigned to User
User Group Assigned to User

The sequence of menus for user group 40 is depicted in the next screenshot. If you revisit one of the pictures in the beginning of this tutorial, you will see that the sequence of menus is the same in both figures. And that is the exact purpose of this configuration step – to define the infotype menus visible in the HR master data views.

Infotype Menus per User Group
Infotype Menus per User Group

Example

Assume that we want to create a new Infotype menu “Time Management” to group the most frequently accessed time management infotypes:

  • Planned Working Time (Infotype 0007)
  • Absences (Infotype 2001)
  • Attendances (Infotype 2002)
  • Absence Quotas (Infotype 2006)

This new menu should be accessible only to the User group 40. Let us follow the configuration steps explained in the previous section:

Define a New Infotype Menu

Determine Whether the Menu Should be Dependent on User Group

Following the Customizing path shared earlier in this tutorial, we will create a new menu by clicking on the New entries icon shown in the picture below.

New Entries Button
New Entries Button

We then enter the required details. Let’s assign the code 79 and the text “Time Management” and save the entry.

New Menu Created - Time Management
New Menu Created – Time Management

The menu Time Management has now been created. The next step is to add the desired infotypes to this menu.

List Out the Infotypes in the Infotype Menu

Edit the infotypes in an infotype menu. It takes you to the pop-up box depicted below. Enter the two-character menu code for which you want to edit the list of infotypes. In our example, we need to enter 79 as this is the code assigned in the previous step.

Specify Infotype Menu
Specify Infotype Menu

The following screen appears:

Time Management Menu- Click on New Entries
Time Management Menu- Click on New Entries

Then enter the sequence of Infotypes required in the menu as shown below. Save the entries.

Add SAP Infotypes
Add SAP Infotypes

Note that we have entered infotypes for User group 40 only in accordance with the requirement.

Determine Choice of Infotype Menu

Next, we need to add the newly created Time Management menu to the HR master data views. For this, we follow the Customizing path (transaction code SPRO):

Personnel Management- Personnel Administration – Customizing Procedures – Infotype menus – Determine choice of infotype menus

Double click on the second activity. Enter Menu ‘01’. In the screen that follows, search for the User group 40 using the Position button.

Click on Position to Search for User Group
Click on Position to Search for User Group

In the following screen, enter User group 40.

Search for User Group 40
Search for User Group 40

This takes you to the entries for User group 40 as depicted in the next picture. Check the sequence numbers already assigned to the existing menus.

Existing Menus Applicable to User Group 40
Existing Menus Applicable to User Group 40

You can assign a suitable sequence number to the Time Management menu based on where you want to position it. Say, you want to position it after the Working Times tab. Then click on new entries and assign the sequence number 08 as shown in the screenshot below. Save the data.

Add New Menu
Add New Menu

Now let’s enter the transaction code PA20 to verify that the new menu is seen in the Display HR master data view. We can see the new menu as well as desired infotypes in the picture below.

Time Management Menu and Infotypes Displayed
Time Management Menu and Infotypes Displayed

Did you like this tutorial? Have any questions or comments? We would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below. It’d be a big help for us, and hopefully it’s something we can address for you in improvement of our free SAP HR tutorials.

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