Is there any way to get a basic text explain plan from SQL Dev? E.g. if I wanted to email my plan or paste it into a forum post.
What seems to be the problem?
Just use Ctrl-A to select all of the text and then Ctrl-C to copy it to the clipboard and then Ctrl-V to paste it into your email editor.
I understand how to create a plan, either via "explain plan for ..." or with the /*+ gather_plan_statistics */ hint. I was asking whether this is available as a view of SQL Dev's explain plan, the one you get when you hit F10.
Sql Developer explain plan/autotrace has only one option of exporting the report: html. Here is how copied-and-pasted html formatted explain plan looks like on this very forum:
Please don't hesitate to suggest what kind of amendments in the output html may improve its usability (for example I had to adjust column width %ages to make them appear).
Just for the reference, here is how this html looks as an individual page in the browser