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The Data Browser [Transaction SE16] in Netweaver is primarily a Development Tool and is not intended to be utilised as a general purpose table query tool for all users.


  • Transaction SE16N is handled via Application Component -> CO-OM
  • Table View Maintenance is handled via SE54/SM30 -> BC-CUS-TOL-TME


See the following important SAP notes regarding security issues: 1481950, 1133739 & 1434284


  • Can be used however should be avoided if wanting to keep a variant for long periods of time
  • Any user can change the 'fields for selection' of an SE16 selection screen possibly rendering a saved variant as redundant
  • When a screen variant is saved in SE16, the field names are not recorded, just an index hence the above (see KBA 1603659  for reference)

Selection Reports:

  • SE16 Selection Screen reports are automatically generated.
  • They will have the Screen Number 1000
  • The report naming convention is /1BCDWB/DBxxxx - where xxxx is the table name
    • e.g. Table TSTC would have a Selection Screen report named /1BCDWB/DBTSTC
  • Users should not modify an SE16 Selection Screen as they will lose their changes if another user regenerates the screen in SE16
  • If a user has a problem with a table in SE16, one should try to regenerate the Selection Screen as a first move. Menu -> Table -> Generate Program

Performance Issues:


  • See SAP Note 546797