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SAP S/4HANA: Copy Feature in Customer Master and Supplier Master Apps

The Copy feature in Customer Master and Supplier Master apps in SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud helps you to create new master records by copying an existing customer master that have similar data.

You can select a master data record and click the Copy button to copy it. This opens up the new master data record in draft mode, so that you can make necessary changes before saving the new record.

There are two types of copy: Copy all data and Copy with Preselection.

  • Copy All – After selecting the master record to be copied, when you choose the Copy button, all the data get copied and a new customer/supplier master record opens up in draft mode.
  • Copy with Preselection – When you choose the Copy with Preselection option, only the predefined data (based on a backened function module) get copied. The predefined fields include Company Codes, Sales Area (Customer Master), Purchasing Org (Supplier Master), Roles, Liable for VAT, DME Indicator etc.


How-To Video

You can refer to the how-to video for copy feature at SAP How-To Video – Copy Feature in Customer Master App




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    • Hi Joachim,


      Yes, the same feature is available in Transaction BP as “Create with Reference”. Here you go with the help link:


      Create By Reference

      You can use this option to create a customer/supplier master record, if a master record already exists with similar data.

      1. Open Maintain Business Partner app and choose Create By Reference.

      2. Select the BP role, based on which data will be displayed for selection.

      3. On Create By Reference screen, in the Business Partner field, enter the business partner number whose master record you wish to use as a reference.

      4. Select or deselect the data based on your requirements. You should check each screen before saving and, if necessary, add data or change the default data.

      Best regards


    • Use T.code BP

      1. Click on “Create Organization”  .
      2. Select–>Groupping (J3G).
      3. Select –>Create in BP role(FLCU01).
      4. Click on create a button of the generated popup.
      5. Click on “with reference”.

      • Thanks Sonia Antony and Vishwas Prabhu!

        Not very intuitive, only got it working with the help of the screenshot. The thing is, that the Button “[Create] with reference” will only appear after Step 4.
        Kind of a strange design-decision, but now that I know I can make use of it!