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What Does Hotspot Mean?

Hotspots are designated SAP screen output list areas that facilitate SAP program navigation and information consolidation, as needed. Based on the program, different events may be initiated by clicking the hotspot field. A hotspot is used to carry out specific functionalities that differ based on interacting programs, such as expanded/collapsed information or highlighting a certain value or field. Hotspots are in the form of text, symbols or numbers. If a hotspot is used, the cursor appearance and clicking style are influenced.

Techopedia Explains Hotspot

Hotspots are normally preferred for short running actions that are convenient for users and do not require database changes. Hotspots should not be used to replace pushbuttons that do not have a fixed position. They may not be used for input fields, as INPUT ON is set on those fields.


In an ABAP program, the following syntax must be used to make areas hotspot specific :


The option of ON makes the subsequent field a hotspot.

A way to identify a hotspot is to view a hand icon's appearance by raising an index finger while running the cursor over it. As long as the hand icon is visible, a single click on the hotspot triggers the associated event.

Hotspots are primarily used as follows:

  • Hierarchy: Hotspots help expand and collapse information for a hierarchy list, as needed.
  • Detail: In SAP, hotspots can provide functionality similar to Function key F2.
  • Hypertext links: Hotspots may be used to link the hypertexts in SAP programs

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