Edit Sheet Def

Open Dental has several internal Sheets that can be copied and customized for your practice.

In the Main Menu, click Setup, Sheets.

You can use internal sheets for patients but review them first to verify they contain relevant information.

Internal: The original sheet templates that come with Open Dental. Cannot be edited, but can be copied.

Custom: Sheet templates that have been customized or created by your office.

Select the sheet to edit:

To create a custom sheet from an internal sheet, highlight the internal sheet, then click Copy.

To create a blank custom sheet, click New.

To create a copy of a custom sheet, highlight it then click Duplicate.

To import or export a sheet xml file from/to another Open Dental database, click Tools. See Sheet Tools Import / Export.

Double click the custom sheet to open. The example below is an internal registration form.

On the left is a preview of the fields and elements currently on the sheet and their location on the page. Sheet layout displayed onscreen will match what is printed. If the sheet is multiple pages, a darker dotted line represents the page break. In the example above:

To make changes to Sheet Def Properties (e.g. name, default fonts, page orientation, page size), click Edit Properties.

Add or edit Sheet Field Types.

To edit a field or element, double click on it in the preview, or double click on it in the Fields list.

To edit an image or line, double click on the item in the Fields list.

To set up fields that can be Imported into the database, see Medical History Layout or Patient Form Layout.

To select multiple fields, press Ctrl while clicking.

To move fields, drag them with the mouse, or use the arrows on the keyboard.

To move the fields in large increments, press Shift while pressing the arrows.

Click OK to save the sheet.


If using a sheet for Web Forms Feature, the view of the sheet is dependent on the browser the web form is viewed in. If a browser doesn't support a font, a different font will be substituted. This can affect layout of the sheet. We recommend using common fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Courier) and testing sheets on a device and browser you plan to support. If fonts are substituted, Static Text Fields may need to be larger to fit all text.

Single Page Sheets: If a single page sheet, make sure all fields and elements are located within the page.

Adding Initial Boxes: To add initial boxes so a patient can distinctly acknowledge sections of a form, you have two options:

  1. Create a pseudo margin so you have room on the right or left side of the form. Add checkboxes as the initial boxes and a signature box at the bottom. Patients can check the boxes, then sign at the bottom to establish identity and acknowledgment.
  2. If using touch screens, use Rectangles larger than checkboxes, labeled 'initials'. Customer can then use a finger or stylus to initial.

    Checkboxes are usually sufficient for an electronic form because electronic signatures will be invalidated if the state of a checkbox changes (e.g. from unchecked to checked).