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Exploring the Open Dental Online Manual

Whether you’re new to Open Dental or an experienced user, the Open Dental manual is a comprehensive resource to help you navigate the software, understand settings, take advantage of customization options, and fully utilize the tools to help your practice grow and thrive.


One of the best things about the Open Dental manual is that it’s available online, making it accessible to anyone with an internet connection. You can access the manual from the Open Dental website or through the software itself.

Find the Open Dental manual online here: https://opendental.com/manual/manual.html

In Open Dental, click the question mark to open the manual page that corresponds to the window you are in.

Alternatively, navigate to Help, Online Help – Contents.

Love keyboard shortcuts? Use Shift+F1, then enter your search term!


The manual covers every feature of the Open Dental software, making it an invaluable resource for users at any level. Whether you’re looking to learn the basics or want to explore more advanced features, the manual has you covered.


The manual is organized in a user-friendly way, with easy-to-navigate sections and clear, concise instructions. You can easily search for specific topics or browse through the manual to find what you’re looking for.

The Table of Contents is organized into four main categories. Expand a category to see more.
Information is organized by where a feature is located in Open Dental.

Most pages begin with a brief description of the feature, then the steps to access that feature in Open Dental.

Open Dental can be overwhelming with the amount of customization available. But fear not, the manual breaks down each field and setting so you can customize it for your practice. The Billing Options window is a good example of this.

Regular updates

Open Dental is constantly evolving, and the manual is updated regularly to reflect these changes. This means you can always stay up-to-date with the latest features and improvements.

The Open Dental Technical Writing team makes enhancements to the manual every day, so you can be assured that the content is up-to-date. It’s also why we don’t recommend printing the manual.

Use the Version dropdown to match the Open Dental manual to your version of Open Dental. This tool is a great way to see what changed for a feature between versions.

The Open Dental manual is an essential tool for anyone looking to get the most out of the software. Whether you’re a new user or an experienced one, the manual can help you navigate the software with confidence and ease. And if you ever need help, Support is here for you!

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