SAP Overview

SAP Overview

SAP® provides its own spooling and printing system within the mySAP Business Suite solution® or SAP R/3® application, enabling a uniform interface for all printing functions that's independent of system platforms.

In the SAP R/3 spool system, a device type contains the information needed to format data for output on a particular type of printer or fax. A typical R/3 device type contains the same information that a printer driver does in a Microsoft Windows system -- all the information needed to make an output-ready data stream for the device.

In those cases when SAP R/3 does not include a device type for a particular type of printer or output device, a new device type must be supplied by the manufacturer. Lexmark supplies device types for use with Lexmark printers that have the Optra Forms electronic forms printing solution installed.

Download the Device Type for the printer or product you have.

SAPNet (OSS) Notes

Visit to obtain these SAPNet Notes:

Note Description (English)


Latest list of Lexmark device types


Latest list of all referenced printers


Bar Code and OCR SIMM's for Lexmark 


Printing bar codes with SAPscript 


Japanese device types 


Printing support for native languages 


MICR font support 


Unicode Fonts 


Printing 2-D bar codes in SAPscript 


Problem with IBM2391 Plus printer 


Error in COLxx print controls 


Hatching in printing lists 

Demo SAP Programs

SAP Font Test

You have a Lexmark printer, and want to print all possible font sizes from your SAP application. Here is a layout set that can be uploaded to your R/3 system, which will print all font sizes from 6 to 72 point.

SAP Bar Code Unit Test

You have a Lexmark printer, installed the Bar Code Option, and want to print bar codes from SAP. How do you prove that SAP and the printer work together?
Here is a unit test program for users that have installed the Bar Code Option in their laser printers. This is an SAP Standard Text file, which along with the the ZOPTRA device type, allows a "unit test" of a Lexmark printer with R/3, and prints all possible bar code symbologies from R/3 to the printer.

How to use layout set Z_TEST_OPTRA


  • Go to transaction SE38.
  • Execute program RSTXSCRP.
  • Put “Z_TEST_OPTRA” in Object Name field.
  • Put “IMPORT” in Mode field.
  • Pick File system GUI radio-button.
  • Execute.


  • You should now be able to view this Layout Set from transaction SE71.
  • Select Utilities > Test Print on the top bar to print the layout set to your printer.
  • Ensure that the Output Device you select is a PCL driver, such as ZLEX1.