Tooltip at Oracle page – Blog


Inherently "sticky" elements in desktop and mobile UIs, Tooltips have been around for quite some time. You can argue that they are outdated, but there is still a place for them to be used in modern web and app UIs. Nowadays, Tooltips are mostly used to provide information about an element when hovering over it, or to direct and guide users where to take action next.

Using Tooltips with some degree of thoughtfulness can help create a great user experience (UX). Used over and over again for every button and link, Tooltips will quickly become tiresome. As always, knowing when to use Tooltips is just as important as knowing how to use them.

This blog describes the best practices of Tooltip.

The Tooltip pane is a small, separate window that opens when a user clicks on a field label or hovers over a visual. The Tooltip pane provides additional information about the selected item.

The Oracle forms or custom components have Tooltips so that users can understand the information you are displaying with a visual. When a user moves over an element in a list or a chart, you can display a more detailed description about the item on the Tooltip, such as its name and other information.

When you hover over a data in visualization, a Tooltip displays and provides specific information about the data point. You can choose to see all Tooltip or only the measures included in the Tooltip section of the Grammar Panel.

Business Requirements: Directing the user's attention to important elements in your interface

Tooltip: Tooltips are intended to display guidance or instructions related to a text field. The Tooltips are contained in the fields definition table in Oracle Standard. With the specified actions, Oracle Self-Service Procurement has the ability to insert Tooltips with instructions and helpful information. It is highly recommended that you use Tooltips when a field requires additional descriptions or direction. Tooltips will help users capture the meaning of words that are not familiar during self-service procurement transactions.

Few of the required scenarios asked by the business:

Field Name Tooltip Messages
Line Type Please Select item types, for example, Goods or Services.
Item Description Enter the detailed description of the part we are ordering
Supplier Please enter the first 3 characters of the supplier's name to display the approved supplier's list
Supplier Item Please enter the supplier part that we are ordering
Projects & Task Contact project team if you do not know project# & Task#
Justification Please enter a 150-character justification for the approver. Use attachment if longer.
Requisition DFF - Requisition Priority If you need delivery notification, use 'High Priority.'

Solution Details

Tooltip can be defined in two ways:

  1. You need to activate Oracle Sandbox if you need to show Tooltip at Oracle standard fields.
  2. Tooltip can be set for any additional field by enabling at descriptive flex field level.

Tool Tip Migration Steps:

  1. Activate Sandbox:

    Oracle Home Page


    Setting And Action Menu


    Edit Pages


    Now activate the sandbox.

    Now create a sandbox


    Enter sandbox


    Now sandbox will be enabled at the header level of the Oracle page.


    Goto respective page to enable the Tooltip

    Now steps for Tooltip at requisition header page (for example item description):

    • Enter the detailed description of the part we are ordering.
    • Select the field where Tooltip needs to be enabled. Here we are considering the item description.
    • Go to properties and enter the Tooltip in a short description, as shown below: Blog

      This is how a user can define Tooltip for any Oracle Standard field.

    After doing all Tooltip for fields, now publish the sandbox.

    Note: Once you publish the sandbox, it will be available at the site level. The user cannot make any further changes.

    After publishing the sandbox, the user will get Tooltip as shown below:

  2. Enable Tooltip at descriptive flex field level

    Descriptive flex field (for example, Budget ID)

    Tooltip - 'Ask your manager if you do not know the budget ID

    Manage Requisition Descriptive Flex field

    Definition Help Text – Enter the Tooltip description here for the respective flex field.


    Similarly, we can enable Tooltip for all other descriptive flex fields.

    Users will get Tooltip at the descriptive flex field level in the following manner.


Components Involved for Setup

  • Sandbox
  • Requisition Descriptive Flex Field


The Tooltip has helped a Jade Global client exponentially increase understanding of fields. Scalability improved, and mobility has helped users save time. The Tooltip benefits users by giving them information they need to complete a transaction. It benefits you as the designer by helping users understand and complete the task at hand. When deciding whether to use Tooltips ensure that they indeed benefit users and that they do not simply add clutter, interfere with comprehension, or rob users of satisfaction of finding solutions on their own.

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