Welcome to Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Desktop! This guide explains how to use the Discoverer Desktop ad hoc query and analysis interface for business use.

Intended Audience

This guide is designed for business professionals who want to view, analyze, and manipulate data using Discoverer Desktop. You may want to have Discoverer Desktop running on your computer while reading this guide, so you can follow the step-by-step explanations. If your Discoverer manager at your organization has not created a business area or workbook, you can use the sample database included with Discoverer Desktop.

Documentation Accessibility

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Accessibility of Links to External Web Sites in Documentation

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Deaf/Hard of Hearing Access to Oracle Support Services

To reach Oracle Support Services, use a telecommunications relay service (TRS) to call Oracle Support at 1.800.223.1711. An Oracle Support Services engineer will handle technical issues and provide customer support according to the Oracle service request process. Information about TRS is available at, and a list of phone numbers is available at

Oracle BI Discoverer Keyboard Navigation

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).

Related Documents

You can access the documents referenced in this guide, and other information about Oracle Business Intelligence (e.g. whitepapers, best practices, documentation updates, other collateral) on Oracle Technology Network at:


The following text conventions are used in this document:

Convention Meaning
boldface Boldface type indicates graphical user interface elements associated with an action, or terms defined in text or the glossary.
italic Italic type indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.
monospace Monospace type indicates commands within a paragraph, URLs, code in examples, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.
< > Angle brackets enclose user-supplied names or values.
[] Square brackets enclose optional clauses from which you can choose one or none.
Menu name | Command Text in this format conveys a sequence of menu choices, e.g. choose the menu, then the command under that menu.

Prerequisites to run Discoverer Desktop

To run Discoverer Desktop, a Discoverer End User Layer must already exist. Your Discoverer manager must have created or upgraded the End User Layer using Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Administrator (which is shipped as a component of Oracle Developer Suite).