18 Getting Started with the Native User Interface

The native user interface provides a fully-featured and familiar user experience. It offers simple ways to store, secure, and retrieve content items.

This chapter covers the following topics:

18.1 Working with Oracle WebCenter Content

You work with Oracle WebCenter Content to upload documents to the repository and search for and view documents that others have uploaded. Several pages are used in Oracle WebCenter Content:

Home Page

The Home page is displayed when you first log in to Oracle WebCenter Content. The content of the home page can be configured by a system administrator to display content pertinent to your company and often includes a simplified search form for finding documents. Detailed information about the Search page is in Home Page.

Search Page

The search page is one of several options for finding documents available in the native user interface. The search page uses criteria you specify in a search form to find documents. The search form may vary depending on Oracle Content Server is configured, but offers the most flexible way of searching for content. Detailed information about the search page is in Advanced Search Page.

Check-In Page

The check-in page is used to check files in to Content Server. The standard check-in page displays all available metadata fields in Content Server. If profiles are set by your system administrator, different profiles can be selected when checking in content to limit the displayed metadata fields to only those needed by the type of content being checked in. Required fields on the check-in page are indicated by an asterisk (*).

Content Information Page

The Content Information page is displayed when you open a document from a search results list. The page allows you to view the contents of a document, the metadata properties of the document, and provides ways to update the document to a new revision, update the document metadata properties, or download the document.

Depending on how Oracle WebCenter Content is configured, you also have additional options when using the native user interface. They include:

  • grouping content into folios

  • managing and converting digital assets

  • integrating with desktop applications

  • managing records, either electronic or physical

18.2 Accessing WebCenter Content Server

To access Content Server, enter its Web address (Uniform Resource Locator or URL) in a supported browser and log in. The URL specifies the host name and port number for Oracle WebCenter Content Server.

The host name is the name of the computer that is running the Oracle WebCenter Content Managed Server. The default port number for Content Server is 16200.

To access WebCenter Content Server:

  1. Browse to your Content Server instance with a Web URL in this format:

    For example:

  2. On the Content Server home page, click Login.
  3. Enter your user name and password, and click Sign In.

18.3 Understanding the Native User Interface

The native user interface is a feature-rich interface offering a familiar user experience for those who need to manage rich media beyond traditional office documents, including images, records, and videos. The following sections describe the main interface features:

18.3.1 Home Page

The home page opens when you first log in. The home page typically includes the tray navigation, the top toolbar, and other page content and functions as determined by your system administrator. To return to the home page at any time, click the Oracle WebCenter Content in the upper left.

Graphic of native 11g home page

If you set up a default saved query, the results are displayed on this page (you may have to scroll down to view them).

18.3.2 Toolbar

The toolbar at the top of Content Server Web pages contains navigation links, online help, and the Quick Search feature.

Graphic of native 11g toolbar


The Search and New Check-In links may list multiple options if your system administrator creates and enables Content Profiles to provide alternative metadata forms.

Link Description

WebCenter Content

Displays the Home Page.


Displays the Advanced Search Page, which you can use to perform metadata and full-text searches to find specific files.

New Check-In

Displays the Content Check‐In Form, which you can use to check new files in to Content Server.

User profile link

Displays the User Profile Page and provides information for editing your user profile. The link is either a user name or the user's full name.


Logs out of Content Server.


Displays the online help system.

Refresh Page

Updates the current page.

Quick Search

Searches for the specified term in the supported metadata fields and in the content item text if supported by your system. For more information, see Quick Search Field

18.3.3 Trays

The trays on the left side of Content Server Web pages provide quick access to most of the functional areas in Content Server. You can add functions you use often, such as predefined searches and links to your favorite web sites.


Trays are part of the frame-based Trays layout option, and are the default navigation tool for Content Server. If you select Top Menus on the User Profile Page, then you can access Content Server functionality from a series of menus located above the main content area.

Link Description

Microsoft Login

If you are logged in to your Microsoft network, click this link to log in to Content Server.

This link is present only if your organization is using Microsoft Network security to log in to Content Server. Many browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox, support logging in with this security.

Your Content Server instance may be integrated with your enterprise login system. For more information, ask your system administrator.

My Content Server

Displays the My Content Server Tray with options to view URLs and queries you have saved, content you have checked out, open workflow assignments, available metadata profiles, personal folders, and so on.

Browse Content

Expands to display a hierarchy of folders. You can expand and collapse the levels of folders in the tray and click a folder to show the content of the folder in the work area.


Displays the Search Tray. From this page, you can perform metadata and full-text searches to find specific files.

Content Management

Displays the Content Management Tray with options to view content items that are checked out or expired, or that are active in workflow.

18.3.4 My Content Server Tray

Use this tray to display URLs and queries you have saved, content you have checked out, open workflow assignments, available metadata profiles, personal folders, and so on. To open this tray, click My Content Server in the trays area.

Graphic of native 11g My Content Server tray
Link Description


Expand My URLs to display previously saved URLs. Click a URL to open the target address in the work area.

Click My URLs to specify and save links you want to make readily available:

Title: The displayed name of the link.

URL: The complete Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of the website; for example: http://www.example.com.

My Saved Queries

Opens the Saved Queries Page page to modify or delete previously saved queries. Expand My Saved Queries to display previously saved queries. Click a query to execute the associated search.

To save a query, choose Save Search from the Actions menu on the Search Results page.

My Recent Queries

Expand My Recent Queries to display the text form of the queries you performed recently. Click a query to execute the associated search. Click Clear to remove all queries from the list.

My Recently Viewed Content

Expand My Recently Viewed Content to display the most recent Content Information Pages you have viewed. Click a list item to open Content Information Page for that item.

My Quick Searches

Displays the Quick Searches Page which lists both the quick searches your administrator creates and the quick searches you explicitly create with the Create New option on this page.

My Workflow Assignments

Displays the Workflow in Queue Page which lists of all content items currently in a workflow for which you have responsibility.

My Content Profile Links

Displays a list of your defined content profiles. Click a link to display the profile.

My Subscriptions

Displays the Subscriptions Page which lists of all content items to which you subscribe.

My Checked‐Out Content

Displays the Checked-Out Content for User Page which lists of all content you have checked out.

My Search Result Templates

Displays the Search Result Templates for User Page, from which you can build custom search results views.

My Folders

Displays a list of personal folders. Expand or collapse a particular level in the folder hierarchy to view folders contained within that folder. Click a folder name to display the contents of the folder in the work area. For more information about folders, see About Folders.

My Downloads

Displays a list of recent content items that you have downloaded from Content Server.

My Scheduled Jobs

Displays a list of jobs requiring your attention.

18.3.5 Content Management Tray

Use this tray to manage content in Content Server. You must be a Contributor to access this tray. To open this tray, click Content Management in the trays area.

Graphic of native 11g tray area
Link Description

Checked Out Content

Opens the Checked-Out Content for User Page that lists all files currently checked out of Content Server.

Work In Progress

Opens the Work in Progress Page that lists files that have been checked in, but not released.

Active Workflows

Opens the Active Workflows Page that lists the currently active workflows.

Expired Content

Opens the Expired Content Page that lists files that have expired or that are set to expire soon.

Registered Publisher Projects

Opens the Registered Publisher Projects page that registers Content Publisher projects. (To use this feature, you must have the Content Publisher product.)

Search For Local File In Repository

Opens the Search for Local File Page that lets you select and compare a file from a local file system against all electronically signed content to which you have access. You can validate an external file against a single content item from the Content Information - Signatures Tab.

18.3.6 Quick Search Field

Use this field to perform a search at any time. By default, the Quick Search field searches for the specified search terms in the title, content ID metadata, and text indexed for full-text search if your system supports it. You can also create custom search queries that incorporate the specified search terms.

Graphic of native 11g quick search field


If you have changed your layout to the Classic layout, you can select Quick Search on your Adding Links to Favorites page to enable the Quick Search field.

Item Description

Quick Search

Displays available search queries. The default query (labeled Quick Search) searches for the specified search terms in the title, content ID metadata, and text indexed for full-text search if your system supports it. The name of the selected query persists until you select another query.

The list can contain queries created by your administrator (listed under System Searches), and queries that you create (listed under My Quick Searches) with the Quick Searches Page.

Text entry field

Enter search terms for use with the selected query.

Search icon

Initiates the search and displays a search results list for specified query and search terms.