DataLoader Tutorial

Introduction:
Data loader is an utility where you can load data into different Form Based systems especially Oracle APPS. This simple utility works by recording keystrokes that are necessary for loading data from frontend.

Software be downloaded free from

http://www.dataload.net/downloads/download.php

Advantages:

  • Easy to learn and use
  • Can save time for repetitive processes
  • Can be copied from Excel
  • Can be an option to data edits and complex interfaces if the data are simple

Disadvantages:

  • Cannot track mouse movements.
  • Cannot perform interactive sessions to much extent.
  • Do not generate a success failure logs.

List Of Commands:

DataLoad Command Action(s)
TAB <Tab>
ENT <Enter>
*UP <Up Arrow>
*DN <Down Arrow>
*LT <Left Arrow>
*RT <Right Arrow>
*SP Save & Proceed
*FE Field Editor
*PB Previous Block
*NB Next Block
*PF Previous Field
*NF Next Field
*PR Previous Record
*NR Next Record
*ER Erase Record
*DR Delete Record
*FR First Record
*LR Last Record
*SAVE Save Record
*SB Send a single space character
*ST Select entire field text.
*SLN or *SL(N) Pause for N seconds. Note 1
*BM Block Menu
*AX Alt + X where X is a single letter (A-Z). Note 2
*FI Find +
*FA Find All +
*QE Query Enter +
*QR Query Run +
*CL Clear Field +
*IR Insert record +
*CW(window) Change to window window. +
*ML(coordinates) Position the mouse at coordinates and press the left button. ++
*MR(coordinates) Position the mouse at coordinates and press the right button. ++
^{f4} Closing a window
*CW(window) Make window the new target window for DataLoad.
*SLN or *SL(N) Sleep for N seconds.
*ML(coordinates) Position the mouse at coordinates and press the left button.
*MR(coordinates) Position the mouse at coordinates and press the right button.
*DL(coordinates) Position the mouse at coordinates and double click the left button.
PROMPT(message) Prompt the user with message and wait for a response
BACKSPACE {BACKSPACE}
DELETE {DELETE}
UP ARROW {UP}
DOWN ARROW {DOWN}
LEFT ARROW {LEFT}
RIGHT ARROW {RIGHT}
END {END}
ENTER {ENTER}
TAB {TAB}
ESC {ESC}
HOME {HOME}
PAGE DOWN {PGDN}
PAGE UP {PGUP}
INSERT {INSERT}
Toggle Numlock1 {NUMLOCK}
Prnt Scrn2 {PRNTSCRN}
F1 {F1}
F2 {F2}
F3 {F3}
F4 {F4}
F5 {F5}
F6 {F6}
F7 {F7}
F8 {F8}
F9 {F9}
F10 {F10}
F11 {F11}
F12 {F12}
F13 {F13}
F14 {F14}
F15 {F15}
F16 {F16}
Note 1 DataLoad can send keystrokes to applications faster than they can be processed. If this problem is encountered, delays can be added to the load which will pause DataLoad at key times. The *SLN command can be added to the spreadsheet to indicate DataLoad should ‘sleep’ for a given number of seconds. E.g. ‘*SL5′ will cause a delay in processing for 5 seconds. Decimal numbers can be used for more precise delays, E.g. *SL0.5 will result in a half second delay. A large number of predefined delays are available in DataLoad and these, along with *SL, are described in greater detail in Using delays. To reduce setup work, predefined delays should be used instead of *SL wherever possible.Note 2 In Oracle Applications it is sometimes necessary to press a button to navigate to another block. This can be achieved by pressing <Alt-X>, where X is the letter that is underlined on the button. Any menu item can also be invoked by pressing <Alt> + the letter underlined on the menu. 

 

To use any combination of the Shift, Control, Alt and right Alt keys one of the following codes should be used. If you want to send the +, ^, % or & keys these characters test must be enclosed in braces {}.
Key Code
SHIFT +
CTRL ^
ALT %
Right Alt &

Case Study:
Granting¬† “Application Developer” responsibility to 3 users.

Process:

  1. The following example would show how to assign ‘Application Developer” responsibility to the users USER1, USER2 and USER3
  2. Try to record the process of assigning the responsibility to an user through key-strokes only.
  3. Record the Keystrokes in terms of Data Load commands.
  4. Note them sequentially to create the Dataload file (.dlt) as shown in the screenshot below.

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5.Execute the Data Load being choosing the right window and command group

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6. Be absolutely sure no other window becomes active during the process of data loading.

After completion of data load the window shows the final status.

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The sample data file is also attached along with.

Download link: http://www.dataload.com/downloads/index.html

5 Comments

  1. Nasr Noman
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 14:16:50

    Dear,

    I am working on Apps R12.
    Please, I want to know the dataloader command to switch to another window or block by pushing a labeled button.
    It seems that doesn’t work with Apps R12.

    Regards
    Nasr Noman

    Reply

    • Siva
      Oct 23, 2011 @ 10:04:29

      Dear nasr,

      in r12, some keyboard short cuts is not working. example F4 is not working to exit from the navigator,

      Regards,
      Siva.M

      Reply

  2. JOHN
    May 11, 2012 @ 04:47:42

    Hi,

    I am trying to change the Item Category for existing items in Item Master by going to Tools > Category.

    Is it achievable through Data Loader ?

    Regards,
    John

    Reply

  3. Daniele
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 21:22:21

    Hi,
    I am trying to use DataLoad to enter Supplier Master data in Erp, could someone explain me how can I change the TAB in the Oracle Module? It seems tha it doesn’t record the mouse click and action.

    Thanks in advance.
    DDA

    Reply

    • Randyl
      Sep 01, 2014 @ 10:45:02

      Use {F2} function. Make sure that cursor is in the current block that has the tabs.

      Reply

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