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Miscellaneous Setup 

In Miscellaneous Setup, customize Open Dental's general settings.

In the main menu, click Setup, Miscellaneous.

Main Window Title: Set what information shows in the Main Window title bar.

  • Title Text: The text that shows at the very top left of the main window. Changing this text is useful when you use multiple databases so you can easily identify which database you are currently using.
  • Show ID in title bar: Options include patient number, chart number, or the patient's birthdate.
  • Show Site: Show the patient's Site if Public Health is turned on.
  • Use clinic abbreviation in main title bar (clinics must be turned on): This setting determines what shows in the title bar for the selected clinic.
    • Checked: The title bar shows the the clinic's abbreviation.
    • Unchecked: The title bar shows the clinic's full description.

Blue theme:

  • Checked: The Open Dental interface (toolbar, title bars, and grids) will show in blue colors.
  • Unchecked: The blue theme will not be used.

Time Cards use local time: This setting affects all workstations. It is useful when the server is in a different time zone than the workstation. See Time Clock.

  • Checked: The time clock will use the workstation's local time.
  • Unchecked: The time clock will use the server time. This keeps all times consistent throughout the office and prevents tampering with the computer clock if the server is physically inaccessible. 

New Computers default to refresh while typing in Select Patient window: Sets the default setting of the 'Refresh while typing' checkbox on the Select Patient window for new workstation installations.

  • Checked: The default setting for the 'Refresh while typing' checkbox will be checked when installing on a new workstation.
  • Unchecked: The default setting for the 'Refresh while typing' checkbox will be unchecked when installing on a new workstation.

Search for preferred name in the first name field in Select Patient window: Sets the search behavior of the First Name field on the Select Patient window.

  • Checked: Open Dental will search for patients with matching first name or preferred name.
  • Unchecked: Open Dental will search for patients with matching first name only.

Process Signal Interval in seconds: The interval, in seconds, that Open Dental will automatically refresh the Appointment module, task lists and text notifications. Usually the value will be 6 to 20 seconds. Leave the field blank to disable autorefresh. See Refreshing Data.

  • If a workstation has a network access issue when it sends a signal, you will receive an Unhandled Exception error. We recommend clicking Quit, then restarting Open Dental.
  • A value must be entered in order to use the kiosk function.

Disable signal interval after this many minutes of user inactivity: This setting is only valid if you have entered a value for Process Signal Interval above. Enter the minutes of workstation activity that will cause Open Dental to stop sending automatic signals to refresh information. We recommend setting a value similar to the value of any auto log off options for Open Dental or Windows (see Security). Disabling the signal during workstation inactivity can prevent errors due to lack of network access (e.g. the server is down). Once the workstation becomes active (e.g. with a mouse click or mouse movement), the signal will resume at the set intervals (see above). Leave the field blank if you do not want to disable the signal during periods of inactivity.

Languages used by patients: Set up specific Patient Language Options which can then be assigned in the Edit Patient Information window.

Language and region used by program: Shows the database's current language and region setting. To change the database setting, click [...].

Click the New Database Setting dropdown arrow and select the new language and region. Click OK to save.

Usually database and computer settings will match. If they don't, a warning will show every time Open Dental starts. To stop this warning from showing, check the 'Do not show this window on startup (this computer only)'. Change computer settings in the Control Panel, Region and Language.

Currency number of digits after decimal: Indicates the current computer setting for digits after the decimal for currency amounts. The recommended value is 2. If the value is anything different, the message below will show every time Open Dental starts.

To change the currency setting, go to the Control Panel, Region, Additional Settings, Currency tab. To stop this message from showing on startup, check 'Do not show this window on startup (this computer only)'.

Text boxes use foreign language Input Method Editor (IME) composition: If you are typing in a foreign language that uses an IME keyboard (e.g. Korean, Arabic), check this box to allow composition typing in Open Dental.

Update Server Name: For the Middle Tier, it identifies which computer is running the middle tier. It also indicates the one and only computer name that has permission to execute Updates (e.g. via the Help, Update menu, via command line). This helps avoid unwanted updates when offices have multiple locations potentially running different versions of Open Dental.

Track Last Clinic By: For Clinics only. Affects which clinic is selected in the Main Menu, Clinics when a user logs on to a workstation.

  • None: Select the user's default clinic (See Assigning a Default Clinic to a User).
  • Workstation: Select the clinic last selected on the workstation, if the user has access to it. If not, select the user's default clinic.
  • User: Select the clinic that was active the last time the user logged off.

Sync code for CEMT: Indicates the Sync Code of the CEMT database this database is associated to. All database connections which are affected by a CEMT sync have a code listed here. If you clear the code, you can sync from any database, but this is not recommended.

Number of Audit Trail entries displayed: Set the default number of log entries that will display in the Audit Trail at one time.

Automated aging run time, only applies if using Daily aging. Leave blank to disable: This option is useful to prevent Aging from running during high use hours. Specify a certain time of day to automatically run daily aging after midnight (e.g. 1:00 am). The OpenDentalService must be installed and running during the aging run time. See Service Manager.

  • If you change the aging run time, restart the OpenDentalService.
  • If this value is blank, aging will run based on default rules.

Aging for enterprise Galera cluster environments using FamAging table: Only used by enterprise organizations that use Galera cluster environments to prevent possible deadlocks when running aging.

  • Checked: A password is required to check this box; it is abracadabra. When checked, Aging will only calculate once per day and a second field labeled 'DateTime the currently running aging started' will show.

    If aging is running, the date and time it started will appear and clear once aging is completed. As long as there is a value in the field, another person cannot run aging simultaneously (thus preventing possible deadlock). To clear the value (e.g. to allow another person to run aging), press Clear. This is rare and typically only done if aging started on a computer that was forcefully closed without clearing the Date/Time.
  • Unchecked: Aging runs as normal.

For global and local computer settings for tasks, see Task Setup.


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