This document provides you with some general guidelines for getting the most
speed out of your use of the Oracle applications. Most of what I am covering is
common to all Oracle applications, so feel free to share this with any of the
Oracle users out there.
Since the current release of Oracle was developed from older \u201cCharacter\u201d based
applications, much of the keyboard navigation was retained. The TAB key
advanced you from data field to data field. Holding down the SHIFT key and
pressing the TAB key will move you backward through the data fields.
There are many other keyboard
shortcuts. You can access a complete
list from the TOP menu, under HELP >
KEYBOARD HELP. The image to the
right shows an example.
Oracle can also speed up your data
entry. For instance, if you are entering
data in a field where the list in
validated to a known list in Oracle,
such as the Vender list, you can enter
the first few letters, press the TAB key
and if that is enough information for
Oracle to select a valid match, Oracle
will populate the field and move you to the next.
There is one keyboard shortcut I find very useful. It is the CRTL \u201cL\u201d key. By
holding the CTRL key and pressing the \u201cL\u201d key in a field where the system
validates to a controlled list of values, you can force the system to display the list.
This is sometimes much faster than using the LOV (list of values, \u201c\u2026\u201d) button
displayed to the right of many data fields.
Oracle provides many ways to copy and paste data. You can use the standard
means such as, highlight the data to copy, right click your mouse and select
COPY, place you curser in the empty data field, right click your mouse and select
PASTE. You can also hold down the CTRL key and press the \u201cC\u201d key to copy or
press the \u201cV\u201d key to paste.
Oracle also provides a means of copying data from fields or lines above row
data. For instance you can copy and entire row of data in the PO lines form.
After you enter the data in one row, use your down arrow key to proceed to the
next row, hold down the SHIFT key and press the \u201cF6\u201d function key. Use the \u201cF5\u201d
key to copy data from the above field only. Some forms don\u2019t allow the \u201cF6\u201d key.
You will have to test it depending on the form you use.
The TOP menu is often overlooked by many Oracle users. Many users look for
buttons contained within the form to provide functionality. While that is the case
with many forms, Oracle uses the TOP menu to provide many of the same
features. For instance, while the \u201cF11\u201d key is very useful to start a data query,
you can also use the VIEW > FIND as shown in the image below.
In some cases, this is a better option because it will provide a
\u201cFIND\u201d form that is more useful than a query within the form
You can also use the \u201cCount Matching Records\u201d to count how
many records the system
would return if you run the
Many people in the Oracle Applications Industry refer to advanced users as
\u201cSuper Users\u201d. These are users that have mastered the techniques listed in this
document. They are also known for their ability to \u201cmulti-task\u201d within the
applications. Quite often, their screen will have many multiple windows open or
minimized as shown in the image below.
In this case, the user has
five applications windows
open plus the main
The ability to perform this
feat is quite useful. For
instance, you may want to
look up the cost of an item
as well and the quantity on
If you open too many
windows, you may get
confused. You can use
the \u201cWINDOW\u201d (shown in
the image to the left) menu
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