1.5 The Object Navigator

The topics in this section discuss the Object Navigator in Oracle Reports Builder.

1.5.1 About the Object Navigator

The Object Navigator provides a hierarchical display of all objects in a report or template, including attached libraries and program units.

Using the Object Navigator, you can:

  • Create reports, parameters, PL/SQL program units, and attached libraries.

  • Select and work with reports, queries, PL/SQL program units and libraries, data model objects, layout objects, and parameter form objects.

  • Display Report Editor views.

  • Expand and collapse nodes.

  • Search for objects.

  • View objects by hierarchy or type.

  • Display properties.

  • Customize the Object Navigator.

  • Drag and drop PL/SQL program units.


To display the Object Navigator:

  • Click Finish or Cancel in the Report Wizard.

  • Open an existing report.

  • Choose Tools > Object Navigator.

  • Press F5.

See also

Section 4.2.4, "Setting preferences for the Object Navigator"

1.5.2 About Object Navigator views

The Object Navigator enables you to view objects by ownership hierarchy or by object type.

  • View > Change View > Ownership View displays objects in a parent-child hierarchy. For example, a query's columns would appear underneath the query and a field would appear underneath the repeating frame that encloses it. This view can be a useful debugging tool because it enables you to easily see the relationships between objects.

  • View > Change View > Object Type View displays objects by their type. For example, all queries would appear underneath the Queries heading and all database columns underneath the Database Columns heading. This view can be useful when you want to quickly find objects in the Object Navigator.

See also

Section 4.2.4, "Setting preferences for the Object Navigator"