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Definition Setup 

Definitions allow you to customize Open Dental colors, options, and some defaults.

  • Choose which colors to use for backgrounds, text, and notifications.
  • Define list options, categories, and types available on various windows.

For a description of each definition, what it controls, and setup instructions, click a link below.

In the main menu, click Setup, Definitions.

Definitions are grouped by category. Click on a category and its definitions and current settings show on the right. A short description of the category and what the definitions control shows in the Guidelines area.

If a category controls list options, types, or categories, the Edit Items buttons are enabled.

  • Add: Add a new item to a category.
  • Hide: Hide an item. To mark an item unhidden, you must open the Edit Definition window.
  • Up/Down: Move an item up or down in the list. This will also affect the sort order of the item in pick lists.

Add or Edit a Definition

  1. Double click on a definition to edit it, or click Add to add a new definition.

  1. Enter or select definition information, The options available differ depending on the definition you are editing. 
    • If text can be edited, the text field will be white. 
    • Some definitions can be hidden/unhidden.
    • If color is an option, single click on the colored block to Select a Color
  2. Click OK to save. 


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