Blockouts are blocks of time in the Appointments Module schedule that are designated for specific purposes. Blockouts change the background color of the schedule and can be set to enforce scheduling. Appointments can be scheduled on top of certain blockout types. Blockouts cannot overlap.
The Blockouts permission is required to add, edit, cut/copy/paste, and delete blockouts that are not flagged as Disable Cut/Copy/Paste (DC). Users without the permission can only add, edit, and delete blockouts flagged as DC and No appointments scheduling (NS).
Define blockout types, scheduling and editing preferences, and colors in Definitions: Blockout Types. To use outlines instead of solid blocks of color, see Appointments Module Preferences. To use dummy appointments as a quick way to post a note, see Notes.
To view or select a blockout option, right click on the operatory in the schedule.
On the appointment schedule, right click on a time block in an operatory, then click Edit Blockout or Add Blockout. Edit Blockout is only enabled when you right click on an existing blockout.
Start/Stop Time: Both times default to the time clicked on the schedule. Manually change times or click the dropdown to select an option. You are not required to use 30 minute increments. If manually entering, use the format 00:00 AM.
Blockout Type: Determines the blockout text, scheduling and editing preferences, and color. Customize options in Definitions, Blockout Types.
Operatories: The operatories the blockout will apply to. To select multiple Operatories, press Ctrl while clicking. If using Clinics, only operatories assigned to the clinic selected in the main menu are options.
Use this tool to copy and paste blockouts for a week or day. Changes only apply to the visible operatories for the current appointment view. Blockout types with Disable Cut/Copy/Paste checked in Definitions are not included.
Copy Day/Paste: Once one day's blockouts are set up, copy and paste it to other days.
Copy Week/Paste: Once an entire week's blockouts are set up, copy and paste to other weeks.
Copy/Repeat: Copy and paste one day or one week repeatedly into the future.
Replace Existing: If checked, the day or week being pasted/repeated will replace any existing blockouts. If unchecked, existing blockouts will not be replaced.
Hint: To clear multiple days or weeks, create one blank day or week, make sure Replace Existing is checked, then Copy/Repeat.