Language Translation

Open Dental's translation tool is a way to enter translations specific to the software on your own.

In the Main Menu, click Tools, Language Translation.

See International Customers.

  • This menu item is only visible if the computer's Region and Languages setting is set to a foreign language.
  • For information on setting the patient's preferred language, see Language.
  • For information on translating sheets, see Language Translations for Sheets.
  • Run Open Dental as an administrator prior to downloading translations.
  • Most changes in this window require a restart of Open Dental to take effect.
  • Some language translations may need to be re-entered after updating Open Dental.

Translations allows users to view Open Dental in their preferred language. Language support is built into Open Dental. The code is written to automatically adapt to the user's Region and Language Settings. Translations are specific to the culture (country), not just the language. If a translation has not been made specifically for your country, the code will use a translation for the same language from a different country.

Set your computer's Region and Language Settings to your language/country, then restart Open Dental for changes to take affect.

Download: Download and install a current available translation. In order for a translation to download, computer language settings must match an available translation. See the bottom of this page for a list of available translations. If the user's language settings do not match an available translation, they will receive the following error:

Export All: Export custom language settings to share with other users.

All translated words and phrases are organized by category. The category usually corresponds to the name of window each item is displayed in. To understand the various categories and windows, you will need to become familiar with the program. As you access areas in Open Dental, English phrases are dynamically added to the translation tool. The more you use the program, the more categories will show, and the more phrases will be available to translate. The program is designed this way to help you more easily identify and translate the areas of the program that you actually use.

Double-click on a category to enter custom translations.

This window shows all the available phrases and translations for a category. The more you work with the program, the more phrases that will appear.

Double-click on an item to edit.

English: Users cannot add English comments; it is for Open Dental internal use only.

Translation: Enter the translation. If a phrase needs to be left blank, enter a space. (e.g for Social Security Number). A space is very different from an empty field. A space will make the word show up empty; an empty field will retain the English version.

Other Translation: Will show any other available translations for your language. For example, if the computer language is set to Spanish-Peru and the translation for Spanish-Mexico is downloaded, the downloaded translation will appear here.

Comments: Enter any comments.

Custom Fields

Some fields in Open Dental are not accessible via the translation tool because they are easily customizable for all users. Refer to many of the options in the Main Menu, Setup.