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There are only a few ways to enter an SAP system as an end user. Once in, there are a plethora of ways to get out. I’ll discuss some of them…

First let’s assume we’re at our SAP Easy Access menu. I’ll assume we’re fairly current and we’re using SAP Logon 720.

The obvious ways out are:

  1. Use the big blue X in the top right hand corner.
  2. Use the funny icon in the top left corner and select Close
  3. Use ALT+F4
  4. We can use the Yellow up arrow icon in the main icon bar
  5. Or Shift-F3
  6. Under the “System” menu, we find “Log off”
  7. And also, “End session”

OK, now a few more in the command box in the top left corner:

  1. /nend
  2. /i
  3. /nex – be careful here, there’s no prompting

That’s 10 and we’re still not finished. The rest are not at all recommended:

  1. Use your Windows task manager to kill any “SAPlogon.exe” processes
  2. Pull out your network cable
  3. Pull out your power cord (not applicable for laptops!)

Even more extreme:

  1. Shut down your SAP system

Or you can wait for the sytem to log you off because you have been thinking for too long about other ways to logoff..

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  1. Kumud Singh

    I read this blog first thing in my morning and am now wondering what made you write all the ways to log off.Certainly most of the ways of logging off are known to the general SAP users.


  2. Jan Penninkhof
    I guess you either need to be Dutch or OZ to see the phun in this post. You forgot a few btw. You could e.g. also ask someone to kill your session using SM50.


  3. Tobias Hofmann
    Most of your “soltions” (as you are an SAP employee, can I now say: shutting down the SAP system is recommended by SAP?) depends on how you logged on. What if the user isn’t using SAPGui, but one of these:
    – portal
    – Sybase
    – SharePoint
    – PHP
    – telnet
    – VA / Configtool
    – RFC connection?
  4. Julius von dem Bussche
    With SAML 2.0 a message level authentication is possible is possible for Single-Sign-On. This means that a Single-Logoff is possible for the user in all systems!

    In addition, hardware DoS attacks against the server infrastructure are not mentioned. This means heavy explosives and pick-axes cannot be excluded to close the connection from the peer.

    Finally, there is the “pass out” method to say tah-tah 😉


  5. Julius von dem Bussche
    Another way is to send the AL08 folks all an HTML formatted email with pictures of girls which executes a shortcut to /nex them via the local SAPgui instead of removing their bikinis (as promised in the email ;-).
    Those with SAML message authentication will be able to continue afterwards and HANA might not even loose context information.
    Those without will have to read Sammar’s blog and keep practicing… 😉

    Cheers, Julius

  6. Albert Molnar

    Hi Michael, hi Everybody,

    I would like to complete point 4 ‘We can use the Yellow up arrow icon in the main icon bar’ and clarify its utility.

    If you work in more systems for example, and a session is crashed/frozen, you can close this single session on the following way:

    With right click on the SAPLogon (Yellow up arrow) icon in the Notification area, you can select ‘Close Sessions…’ option. A popup comes up, where you can close the marked session easily. The other sessions remain open.close_session.PNG

    Have a nice day,



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