Blockouts

Blockouts in Open Dental prevent patients from seeing the area covered by the blockout as an available for an appointment on LocalMed. There is a caveat to this. Adding "!!" immediately after the name of a blockout (not in the notes) tells LocalMed to ignore that the block is there.

Examples of a blockout are shown below. The purple, red, and yellow blocks are blockouts.

Create a Blockout

To create a block, right click in the schedule and click "Add blockout."

Here, you can configure the blockout time, type, and operatory the blockout goes in.

Click OK and it will produce a blockout similar to this one:

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Blockout Cut-Copy-Paste

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.

  1. In the Appointments module, move the schedule to the day you want to act on.

  2. Right click on the schedule and select Blockout Cut-Copy-Paste.

  1. Select an option. Clear Day: Remove all blockouts on the selected day (daily or weekly view).

    Note: When Clinics is enabled Clear Day will only clear the day of the selected clinic.

    Copy Day/Paste: Once one day's blockouts are set up, copy and paste it to other days.

    1. Click Copy Day. The window will close.

    2. Right click on the day you want to paste to, and select Blockout Cut-Copy-Paste again. The copied date will show.

    3. Click Paste.

    Copy Week/Paste: Once an entire week's blockouts are set up, copy and paste to other weeks.

    1. To include weekends in the copy, check Include Weekends.

    2. Click Copy Week. The window will close.

    3. Right click on the week you want to paste to, and select Blockout Cut-Copy-Paste again. The copied date range will show.

    4. Click Paste.

    Copy/Repeat: Copy and paste one day or one week repeatedly into the future.

    1. Copy the day or week.

    2. On the first day/week you would like to paste to repeatedly, right click and select Blockout Cut-Copy-Paste again.

    3. In the # box next to Repeat, enter the number of days/weeks in the future you would like to paste the blockouts, such as 365 days or 52 weeks.

    4. Click Repeat.

    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.

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