A to Z Folder

The A to Z folder is where Open Dental stores images and documents (see Paths). Often they are scanned or imported in the Images Module. The A to Z folder consists of the following:

Note: The OpenDentImages folder may be called the OpenDentalData folder in older installations of Open Dental.

The default name of the A to Z folder is OpenDentImages. Below is what the file structure might look like if stored in a local or network folder.

Within each lettered folder are patient folders based on last name.

Each patient's folder is labeled by last name, first name and a unique number (Patient.PatNum in the database). Keeping all images for a patient within a single folder makes it easy to copy your files to other programs and to keep things organized. You have complete access to every file, but DO NOT move or rename them, because then Open Dental will be unable to find them. If a patient name changes (e.g. marriage) the folder name will not change; it will always remain the same as when the record was first created.

Images and documents stored in the A to Z folder are viewable in the Images module. If using Open Dental on multiple computers and storing files in a local or network folder, you will need to share the OpenDentlImages folder (see Share A to Z Folder). For shared network folder replication strategies, see Folder Replication.


Error: Could not find the path to the AtoZ folder.

Solution: Verify the data path to the A to Z folder is correct on the Data Paths window.

Problem: I upgraded to Windows 10 and can no longer access the shared OpenDentImages folder.

Solution: See the Troubleshooting section at the bottom of Share A to Z Folder.

Problem: My images are missing and/or I can't find them in the AtoZ folder.

Solution: Check for duplicated folders in your Open Dental directory. Click C: (or the drive Open Dental was installed on), Program Files (x86), Open Dental. Merge duplicated folders from the directory into the AtoZ folder.