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Oracle Application Express (APEX): Fast adding of help text to screen items

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Also see our notes on adding Talking Online Demo Help Files.

One excellent feature of APEX is the ability to have in-screen help pop-ups for any screen items.  Specifying help for an APEX screen item is done in the item definition, under the label --> template drop-down  Choosing "Optional with help" or "Required with help" for the label template will make a hyperlink on the item label, and pressing the hyperlink will invoke a popup with help text:

Here we see an HTML-DB screen with four hyperlink titles, each invoking a popup with help text:

Now we need to see how to add this help text.  One super feature of APEX is the ability to display all help items for a screen at-once and update them on a single APEX management screen.  We start by going to the page definition screen and click the "view application reports" hyperlink.

Next, we go into page components --> items --> item help text:

Now we see all of the page items on a handy single screen that even has a help text search facility.  The beauty of this screen is that you can add and maintain the help text for all screen items from a single source, very handy and productive:

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