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Possible F4 Modes

The mode being passed to the value help processor dictates where (which database table) the data is to be fetched from. In BW you can set 3 F4 modes:

  • M-mode ('Values in Master Data Table'): in this case all the master data values present in the master data tables (P,Q tables) are fetched for the value help request.
  • Q-mode:  ('Only Posted values for navigation'): in this case only the values that are present as a part of query result are fetched for the value help request.
  • D-mode: ('Only values in infoprovider'): in this case only the values of the characteristics booked in the infocube dimensions are fetched for the value help request.
  • A-mode: a special mode, only used by navigation attributes, see below.

The F4-modes are effective using the input-help dialog in the following areas:

  • (QD) in BEX Query-Designer when calling the input-help for characteristic-restriction
  • (VAR) in the variable-screen when calling the input-help of a variable for characteristic-restriction
  • (SF) in the query-result when calling the context-menu choosing "Select Filter Values"

See also note 1565809. I the following we rather focus on the query runtime(VAR and SF) than on the query design time(QD).

Setting the F4 Mode

The 3 F4-modes can be set on the following levels:

1. Infoobject-level in transaction RSD1/BW Modeling Tools

In transaction RSD1, you have the following settings located in the tab "Business Explorer":

  • "Query Execution Filter Val. Selection": This setting is relevant for areas VAR and SF.
  • "Query Def.Filter Value Selection": Only relevant for area QD. Only modes M and D supported.


In Modeling Tool, you can set F4 mode in option "Selected Filter Values for Query Execution" located in tab "BI Clients"("Selected Filter Values for Query Definition" is only relevant for QD):

2. Infoprovider-level in transaction RSA1/BW Modeling Tools

In transaction RSA1 you need to right-click on the characteristic of the infoprovider and set the F4-mode in the provider-specific properties: 


In Modeling Tool,  you can set F4 mode in option "Filter Values Selection" located in tab "Output":

3. Query-level in Query Designer

In the Query Designer you can set the F4-mode in the properties of the characteristic:


4. Frontend-level in BEX Analyzer/Web

In Bex Analyzer 7.x or Java web query, you can set the F4 mode in 'User Settings'.


Validity of F4 Modes

The F4-mode can be set on different levels, but only some F4-modes are valid in the areas shown above (QD, VAR, SF). The valid F4-modes in the different areas depend on the infoprovider the BW-query is based on:

Infoprovider TypeQDVAR SF
InfoCube, DSO, HybridProviderM, DM or D (star) M, D or Q (star)
Mutliprovider only containing InfoCubes, DSOs or HybridProvidersM, DM or D (star) M, D or Q (star)
Other InfoprovidersMM if mode is not set to Q, system uses M (star)

(star) F4-mode can be set on different levels. In the areas VAR and SF the F4-mode set in a level gets overridden by the higher level

Variable Screen (VAR):

The F4 mode in the variable-screen can be set on Infoobject-level in RSD1 (level 1) and on Infoprovider-level in RSA1 (level 2). The setting on Infoprovider-level overrides the setting done on Infoobject-level. If the setting on Infoprovider-level is not set, the setting on Infoobject-level is taken into account.

If variables get melted (in a BEX workbook or a web-template), only F4 mode M can be used -> F4 setting on any level is not relevant anymore.

Select Filter Value (SF):

The F4 mode in "Select Filter Value" can be set on all 4 levels. The higher-level setting supersedes the lower-level setting with the infoobject-level being the lowest and the frontend-level being the highest level.

Special Cases

  • For 3.X web-queries (f.e. RSRT -> html-mode) the F4-mode is by default Q and can be set using the parameter BOOKED_VALUES.
  • In a workbook, if you set the F4-mode in the "user settings" to default, the system will take the setting on query-level (level 3). If the setting on query-level is changed after the workbook was saved, the workbook will still take into account the old setting on query-level, since the workbook is a snapshot of the query-navigation-status at the time the workbook was saved.

For further details see note 1565809

F4 Modes for Units and Currencies

For such special characteristics like 0UNIT and 0CURRENCY, it is not possible to specify the F4 mode when maintaining the InfoObject(settings not offered at all in RSD1/Hana BW Tools). By default, the mode D is used. You can only change this setting on InfoProvider level. E .g. for an HCPR in the Hana BW Tools:

F4 Mode for Navigation Attributes

The F4-mode for navigation-attributes is handled differently from normal basic infoobjects. We still have the readmodes M, D and Q for a navigation-attribute A__B, but the system also uses
readmode A which CANNOT be set. Readmode A displays all available values of infoobject B contained in the masterdata-table of infoobect A (for a navigation-attribute A__B). In web-queries the system uses readmode A by default.
For readmode D the system joins the X-table of infoobject A with the dimension-table of the infoprovider.


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