To create a placeholder column in Oracle Reports, follow these steps:

  1. Open Oracle Reports and create a new report or open an existing one.
  2. Right-click on the object or column where you want to add the placeholder column. Select "Add" and then choose "Column."
  3. In the "Column Properties" dialog box, enter a name for your placeholder column. You can also set the data type and length of the column if needed.
  4. Save your report and close it.


    • Create a separate table for placeholder columns to easily populate them with different data for each report without modifying your query every time.
    • Be careful when working with placeholder columns in Oracle Reports; accidentally referencing the placeholder column instead of the actual data source may result in incorrect results or no results at all.
    • Use caution when creating a placeholder column to avoid confusing your users.


    • Yes, you can use placeholder columns in both text and graphical reports in Oracle.

    • Populate the placeholder column with data using SQL queries or other tools that support it, just make sure to reference the placeholder column in your query instead of the actual data source.
    • Yes, you can create a separate table for placeholder columns and reference them in your queries for each report.

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