Crafting Engaging Tooltips: Enhancing User Interaction and Understanding

A tooltip is a small, interactive graphical element in a user interface that typically appears when a user hovers their cursor over an object such as a button, icon, or link. It provides brief contextual information, explanations, or descriptions about the object, helping users understand its purpose or functionality without needing to navigate away or perform additional actions. Tooltips contribute to a more intuitive and user-friendly experience by delivering relevant insights at the point of interaction.

It is strongly advised to employ Tooltips whenever a field necessitates supplementary explanations or guidance. By doing so, users can better comprehend unfamiliar terms when engaging in self-service procurement transactions.


Tooltip can be defined in two ways:

  • Activating the Oracle Sandbox is necessary to display tooltips on Oracle standard fields.
  • To set a tooltip for any additional field, you can enable it at the descriptive flex field level.


Activating the Oracle Sandbox:


  • Navigation: Configuration >> Sandboxes
  • Create a new sandbox with Page Composer



Fig.1: Create Sandbox


  • Currently, the sandbox will be activated at the header level of the Oracle page. Proceed to the relevant page to enable the tooltip feature.



Fig.2: Page Composer View


  • Now step to Tooltip:
  1. Choose the field for which you want to enable the Tooltip feature.
  2. Navigate to properties and input a brief description for the Tooltip, as demonstrated below:


Select field to enable Tooltip

Fig.3: Select field to enable Tooltip


  • In the Short Desc, select the “Select Text Resource”.



Fig.4: Select Text Resource


  • Under the “Select Text Resource”. Create a tooltip value that need to be displayed.



Fig.5: Create Tooltip


  • After creating click apply and click ok.



Fig.6: Applying Changes to the Sandbox


  • Once the sandbox is published, users will have access to the Tooltip as depicted below:



Fig.7: View Tooltip


  • Here’s how you can establish a Tooltip for an Oracle Standard field.


Enabling Tooltip at Descriptive Flex Fields:


  • While creating additional flex fields in the “Definition Help Text” you can provide the Tooltip description that need to be displayed for the respective field.



Fig.8: Enable Tooltip for DFF



  • Quick Insights: Tooltips offer instant information about elements, helping users understand features and actions swiftly.
  • User Guidance: Tooltips act as helpful guides, explaining functionalities and reducing user uncertainty.
  • Enhanced Efficiency: Users save time by accessing context-specific details directly from tooltips, streamlining tasks.
  • Error Prevention: Clear tooltips provide warnings and instructions, minimizing the chances of making mistakes.
  • Accessible Assistance: Tooltips aid users with disabilities by offering essential information beyond visual cues.
  • Engagement Boost: Interactive tooltips encourage user exploration, leading to better feature utilization.


The Bottom Line

In conclusion, crafting engaging tooltips is essential for enhancing user interaction and understanding in any user interface. By providing quick, contextual insights at the point of interaction, tooltips serve as intuitive guides that streamline user tasks, reduce errors, and boost overall engagement. Whether it’s through activating the Oracle Sandbox for standard fields or setting them up at the descriptive flex field level, tooltips play a crucial role in making complex systems more accessible and user-friendly. By implementing effective tooltips, organizations can ensure users have the guidance they need to navigate and utilize features efficiently, ultimately leading to a more satisfying user experience.


Author: Oviya Rajasekaran, Oracle Fusion Consultant

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