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Finding part number by description

Postby prodive » Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:03 am

Hi there, newbie alert!

At work our company has just setup SAP and I would like to find out how to do the following:

In the material search box, is it possible to type in a description to find out what the part number is?

At the moment I have only used SAP to do the opposite of this but ideally I would like to be able to find the part numbers from descriptions. I have tried simply inserting a description but I get the following alert " the material does not exist or is not activated".

This is probably a very basic question but I have had no training on using SAP and I am not that familiar with the application.

Any help would be much appreciated.


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Re: Finding part number by description

Postby Snowy » Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:05 am

I am moving this out of BASIS forum.
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Re: Finding part number by description

Postby svetja » Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:41 am

A question (very basic) but not even answered by 2 replies, and what does the last reply have to do with this original question at all?

Main purpose of F4 Material search help is to find a material number .
If you never got any training, then you have to have a bit more courage, and try more yourself. Especially in a search help you cannot screw up a system, so you can try a hundred times to get used to it.
just enter a part of your description and add a star * to get all items that start with the characters you entered.
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Re: Finding part number by description

Postby prodive » Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:54 am

Hi svetja, thanks for replying to my post.

I know this is probably one of the most basic questions someone could ask but I literally have next to no experience using this application and I have enquired at work about it but have had no feedback so that is why I have turned to this forum for help.

I make up process notes on assembling various components and I need some way of finding out the part number for a part by typing in the description of what it is. Surely there is a really simple way of doing this? I tried the method you described (using *) but this didn't work for me. Could it be that I am simply trying to input the description in the wrong part of the application? My laptop was setup so that I had a link saved as a favorite that I could use for checking part numbers but that is it i'm afraid. This link appears to navigate to the following destination:

Stock Overview: Company Code/Plant/Storage Location/Batch

I have attached a screenshot if this helps explain things better:


Any help would be great and if you know of any related posts or articles then please do direct me to them.


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Re: Finding part number by description

Postby Ha Tran » Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:49 pm

Hi Bryan,

I am afraid your system has already been customized in such a way that it is no longer indicating the way how standatd system for material search is defined. Since the material ID field has been so popular that it appears as part of the selection parameters in most of transactions you carry out in SAP. When you are in a particular transaction, there are so many options you can use to search for your particular material ID and since you are referring to the material ID by short text description, all you should do is to move your cursor into the material ID field and press ''F4''. The drop down list of all possible searching options are made available such as ''material by material type''; ''material number/material description''; ''material by material group'' etc... (it is also true in some company that they have built their own customized search option and set it default so that end users are always routed directly to this particular search option instead of other standard searchs and I guess this is what you are having now). If you are searching your material item using description, then you shall make your own selection of related option (such as material number/material description) and in the material description field, enter the searching key. This key can be a word; a phrase or a letter and followed by the star '*' so that SAP will enable you to search all material IDs whose description matches with your key.

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