HRMS Search - Use Personnel Number Direct Selection Search by Name

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Use this procedure to search by employee name using the Direct Selection search function in the Personnel no. field.


This procedure will utilize the Direct Selection search function in HRMS to search by Name. The search functions are available in many fields throughout HRMS, however for this procedure we will use Display HR Master Data (PA20) as an example

Direct Selection searches will allow a user to directly enter search criteria to automatically open a search in HRMS. To view all of the Direct Selection search functions for a field, you can select the matchcode button within that field.

Screenshot of personnel number field.

Once the matchcode search has opened, click on the selections box (if one exists).

Screenshot of matchcode screen.

Here you will see the Direct Selection search options for the field you are in.

Screenshot of direct selection search options.

The options available in the Personnel no. field are:

  • N:  Searches for Last name – First name
  • C:  Searches for Personnel ID Number (Social Security Number) 
  • K:  Searches for Organizational Assignment

Once you enter the =letter for your search selection, the number of periods (.) after “=_” determines which field you are searching in. You can view the field order by clicking the matchcode button and viewing the tab you will search based off of.

Screenshot of last name first name search box.

For example, if you were searching based off of the Last Name – First Name Tab, and you only wish to search by First Name, your Direct Selection would be =n..firstname.

Screenshot of first name search.

Once you enter your desired search parameters in the tab (=Direct Selection Letter plus a period for each tab button you would click to arrive at your entry box), the system will search based off of this criteria for you.

  1. Step 1

    Enter transaction code PA20 in the command field and click the Enter button.

    Screenshot of command field.

  2. Step 2

    Enter =n.lastname.firstname

    Screenshot of personnel number field.

    • If you know the first letter of the last name (or first name) but are unsure of the correct spelling, type in the first letter or two followed by an asterisk (*). A list of names starting with these letters will appear.

    • The wildcard (*) can be used in many different ways. Use the wildcard at the beginning of a name, at the end of the name, or in the middle of the name to assist in your search.

    • Example: If you are unsure of the spelling, you can use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard. e.g. “Fa*” to return all names that begin with “Fa” or “*ale*” for all names with “ale” in the beginning, middle, or end of the name.

  3. Step 3

    Click the Enter button.

  4. Step 4

    Select the employee you are searching for and click the Copy button.

    Screenshot of employees to choose from.

    • You can also double click on the name.