Welcome to Discoverer Plus - the complete business intelligence (BI) analysis tool that works over the Internet.
Discoverer Plus enables you to query complex databases without having to understand the database language SQL (Structured Query Language). You can use Discoverer Plus to retrieve and analyze data, and produce reports in printed format or a range of electronic formats.
Use this guide when you want to use Discoverer to view and manipulate data to support business decisions and you want to know how to:
create new workbooks (that is, collections of business intelligence reports) or use existing workbooks to find the information you are interested in
format the information to meet your requirements
analyze the information in different ways
share the information with other users
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Oracle BI Discoverer supports standard keyboard navigation. Standard keyboard navigation includes the use of the tab key, mnemonics (using the Alt key and the underlined character), and accelerators (such as Alt+F4 to exit a window).
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