Starting Windows SQL*Plus
To start the Windows GUI version of SQL*Plus, first find the icon. Figure 2-1 shows SQL*Plus for Oracle Database 10g in the Windows Start menu. It looks like a blue disk drive topped with a yellow plus sign.
You’ll find the SQL*Plus icon in a program group under the Start menu. The path varies slightly from one release of Oracle to the next but will usually be something along the lines of Start → All Programs → Oracle → Application Development → SQL*Plus. Figure 2-2 shows the Windows Start menu expanded to show the SQL*Plus icon.
After starting SQL*Plus, you’ll see the dialog box shown in Figure 2-3. To log into your database, simply enter your database username, password, and host string into the dialog box and click OK.
The example in Figure
2-3 uses the net service name
db01. You may use the tnsnames.ora and easy connection identifier
formats (Oracle Database 10g only) for the connect
Make sure to enter the correct information in the logon dialog box. If you make a mistake, SQL*Plus will reprompt you for your username and password ...