Changing page format in SAP Printer via SPAD

By | 30/10/2013

Changing page format in SAP Printer via SPAD: You can print any size of output from SAP, it all depends on what page format is defined and configured in your SAP system. Most of the standard page format is already defined in SAP but often you come across the situation where the required output doesn’t even come close to any of these predefined page format. Printing cheques and receipts are some common examples.

Defining and configuring Page format is a multi-step process and often is printer specific. In short, it’s very easy to get your setting wrong and the situation is worse when the printer is physically away from you.

It’s very important to understand how this page format works in SAP. The process starts with defining the Page Format, but you need few more sets to actually print this page size on the printer. Page format just defines the size of the page for sap script (this sizing info defined in page format is not passed to the printer), next step is to define Format type which defines ‘Type of format’ and what orientation are allowed with this page format.

It is important to note that Page Format and Format type should have the same name. Well, you can argue why do we need to define Format Type. To find out that, which you may find bit confusing refer sap note 2374. Still, you cannot print with this page size on the printer. To allow the printer to use this new page format you need to add this page format to the device type of printer.

This step will enable you to print the output but correct page size information will not be passed to the printer. You need to actually put printer specific code to set desire page size on the printer.

Now let us go through each step with the screenshot. You need to have access to transaction SPAD and changes to the repository and cross-client customizing should be permitted in the client where you will create/change page format.

Execute transaction SPAD. By default transaction will not show all the tabs, you need to click on ‘Full administration’ to get the desired tab.

Changing page format in SAP Printer via SPAD

Now click on Page format

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You must be in change mode

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Enter the desired page format

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Then save


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