1.3 Understanding the Workspace Home Page

When you sign in to Oracle Application Express development environment, the Workspace home page appears. A workspace is a virtual private database which enables multiple users to work within the same Oracle Application Express installation while keeping their objects, data and applications private. This section describes the Workspace home page.

1.3.1 Workspace Home Page

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The following large icons display in the center of the page:

An menu bar also displays at the top of the page. Click a menu to access an alternate navigation path to different components within Application Builder, SQL Workshop, Team Development, and Packaged Apps.

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1.3.2 Top Applications and Top Users Dashboards

The Top Applications and Top Users regions display at the bottom of the page. These regions offer real time information about development activities in the current workspace.

1.3.3 News and Messages

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The News and Messages region can display three types of messages:

  • News entries

  • System messages

  • Workspace Announcements

News entries include a date to the left of the message text. Developers can create news entries to communicate with other workspace users. To add a news entry, click the Create News Entry icon which resembles a plus sign (+). To edit existing news entries, click Edit News Entry which resembles a greater than sign (>).

Both workspace announcements and system messages include a gold icon to the left of message text. A textual identifier, either System Message or Workspace Announcement, also displays beneath the message text.

See Also:

"Managing News Entries" and "Defining a System Message" and "Defining a Workspace Announcement" in Oracle Application Express Administration Guide

1.3.4 Developer Navigation Tools

This section describes Developer Navigation tools available in the header region on many Oracle Application Express pages, including the Workspace home page, Application Builder home page, the Application home page, Page Designer, Component View, and Shared Components. Global Search Field

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The Search field displays in the header region in upper right corner of most Application Builder pages. How the search field works depends upon the page you are on. Consider the following examples:

  • Workspace home page - Search for application names.

  • Application Builder home page - Search for application metadata across all applications.

  • Application home page - Search for application metadata across the current application.

  • Team Development home page - Search the Team Development home page and other pages within Team Development.

  • Workspace Administration home page - Search for users.

Within Application Builder and on the Application home page, use the following special syntax to navigate to a specific page or search for a regular expression:



  • application_ID is the numeric identification number (or ID) that identifies an application.

  • page is the numeric identification number that identifies a specific page.

  • regexp: is literal text.

  • expression is a regular expression to search for.

The following example navigates you to page 10 of application 570:


You can also use this syntax to navigate to the Shared Components page of a given application:



  • application_ID is the numeric identification number (or ID) that identifies an application.

The following example demonstrates how to navigate to the Shared Components page of application 570:

570-s Administration Menu

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The Administration menu displays to the right of the Global Search field and features an outline person with a wrench. Clicking this menu displays the following options: Help Menu

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The Help menu resembles a question mark. Clicking Help displays the following menu items: Account Menu

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The Account menu displays in the upper right corner of the page and features an outline of a person. The Account menu displays your username, current workspace, and user role. If Single Sign On (SSO) is enabled, the link Change Workspace also appears. Key controls on this menu include:

  • Edit Profile. Click Edit Profile to edit your first and last name, upload or choose a photo image, alter your email address (if SSO is not enabled), and reset your password. See "Editing Your Account Profile and Preferences."


    If you are using Single Sign-on authentication, Change Workspace also displays. Click Change Workspace to view a list of workspaces you have access to.
  • Preferences. Click Preferences to change your default schema, default date format, and control how Application Builder runs applications. See "Editing User Preferences."

  • Sign Out - Click Sign Out to log out the current workspace. See "Signing Out of a Workspace."

1.3.5 Available Updates Region

The Available Updates region indicates if updates are available for Oracle Application Express and the Oracle REST Data Services. If your installation is current the following message displays:

System is up-to-date

To configure updates, click Set Preferences for Available Updates. You can enable or disable updates by selecting Yes or No from Check for Available Updates.


To perform this check Application Express transmits the version number of Oracle Application Express and other system components to Oracle Corporation. In order to continuously improve our products, Oracle is interested in learning about product usage. To that end, statistics can occasionally be sent to Oracle describing the product features in use. No personally identifiable information is sent. To review Oracle's privacy policy see:


1.3.6 Accessibility Mode Region

The Accessibility Mode list displays in the lower right side of the page. Use the Accessibility Mode list to identify if a page is optimized for screen readers. Available options include: Standard, Screen Reader, and High Contrast.