Define order types

The order type includes control information needed for managing orders. Every order must be allocated to an order type.

With the order type, you determine the following:

Every order type must be allocated to an order category. The order categories are pre-defined in the SAP System and characterize the technical features of the orders. The order category specifies the transactions that can be used for order processing, for example.
You can specify whether a totals record is to be written per order if a CO partner object which is not an order (for ex. a cost center) is assigned to an order of this order type.
Here, you specify whether orders of this order type are to be taken into account in classification for order summarization and the order selection.
You can specify for every order type whether you want to use open item management.
In this profile, you specify the objects to which orders of this order type may be settled.
Here, you define how long the finished orders remain in the SAP System before they are archived.
You must allocate a number range to every order type.
An order can go through several processing statuses. Among other things, the status controls which business operations are allowed in the order.


In addition to the general job parameters at client level, parameters can also be defined at plant level via the menu option "Define order-dependent parameters".


You must have processed the menu option "Define number ranges for orders".

Default Settings

Order types are preset in the standard SAP R/3 System.


1. Classify the orders with regard to their distinguishing features (for example, order category, number range, and so on).
2. Determine for each order category whether you want to use status management.
3. If necessary, define your own order types.