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Oracle® Application Express Application Builder User's Guide
Release 4.1

Part Number E21674-05
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Understanding Application-Level Items

Application-level items do not display, but are used as global variables to the application. You can use an application item as a global variable.

Topics:

Creating an Application-level Item

To create an application-level item:

  1. Navigate to the Workspace home page.

  2. Click the Application Builder icon.

  3. Select an application.

  4. When Application home page appears, click Shared Components.

  5. Under Logic, select Application Items.

    The Application Items page appears.

  6. To create an application item, click Create.

  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.

About the Application Items Page

Once you create an application item, it appears on the Application Items page. You can customize the appearance of page using the Search bar at the top of the page. Available controls include:

  • Search icon - Resembles a magnifying glass. Click this icon to narrow your search. To search all columns, select All Columns.

  • Text area - Enter case insensitive search criteria (wildcard characters are implied) to search for a page group by name and then click Go.

  • Go button - Executes a search.

  • View. Use this control to toggle between icon and report views. To change the view, click these icons:

    • View Icons (the default) displays each application item as a large icon. To edit an item, click the appropriate icon.

    • View Report displays each item as a line in a report. To edit an item, click the item name.

  • Actions menu - Displays the Actions menu. Use this menu to customize the report view. See "About the Actions Menu".

Viewing Application Item Usage

You can a listing of where application items are used by clicking Utilization at the top of the Application Items page.

Editing Application-level Item Attributes

Once you create an application-level item, you can edit it on the Create/Edit Application Item page.

To edit application-level item attributes:

  1. Navigate to the Workspace home page.

  2. Click the Application Builder icon.

  3. Select an application.

  4. When Application home page appears, click Shared Components.

  5. Under Logic, select Application Items.

    The Application Items page appears. See "About the Application Items Page"

  6. Select an application item.

    The Create/Edit Application Item page appears.

  7. To learn more about a specific item on a page, click the item label.

    When Help is available, the item label changes to red when you pass your cursor over it and the cursor changes to an arrow and question mark. See "About Field-Level Help".

  8. Click Apply Changes.

About Navigation Alternatives

The Create/Edit Application Item page is divided into the following sections: Name, Security, Configuration, and Comments.

You can access these sections by scrolling down the page, or by clicking a navigation button at the top of the page. When you select a button at the top of the page, the selected section appears and all other sections are temporarily hidden. To view all sections of the page, click Show All.