Business Intelligence – Oracle

Oracle BI EE – Changing default Color Selector

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on January 30, 2008

I had an email today asking for instructions to change the default color selector that you get in the Column Properties. Basically the user wanted to add some extra colors that was not part of the color selector. Though this is rarely asked/used, i thought i would talk about it today since the request itself was very unique. If you are not sure what i mean, look at the screenshot below


So by default we have 48 different colors in the Color Selector window. Now our aim today is to add 2 more rows of extra colors which you think your end users might like. Lets look at the steps one by one below.

1.   Go to {OracleBI}\web\msgdb\messages and copy the file commonuitemplates.xml to {OracleBIData}\web\msgdb\customMessages (if you do not have this then create the folder). Now open this copied file to a text editor.

2.   Once this is done search for the web message kuiColorSelectorColors. This is the message that handles all the colors that are shown in the color selector. Now change the knFormatColorsRows value to 8 (We are adding 2 more rows of extra colors.


knFormatColorsRows = 8;

3.   Now add 16 extra colors to kaFormatColors. For example, like the one shown below


4.   Restart presentation services and you should now have the extra colors to your color selector.


Not sure how many would actually need this, but again if at all you need it, the above procedure should give you an idea.

2 Responses to “Oracle BI EE – Changing default Color Selector”

  1. Tina said

    WoW!Venka you can always bring us supprise about BI EE 🙂

  2. Nato said

    Its realy amazing how BI EE catter for several things… (-:

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