Monday, October 29, 2012

Everybody loves a shortcut . . .

One thing I love about Dentrix is that there are several ways to accomplish the same thing. What do I mean? Every Dentrix module has a toolbar at the top with icons (I know you might not be able to tell exactly what some of the icons are, but you eventually memorize them). For every icon, there is also a dropdown menu where you can find what you are looking for (just in case you prefer dropdown menus). If you’re a person who prefers “right clicking,” you can get the same dropdown menu in many places within Dentrix. Maybe you knew all of this … but did you know that there is a list of keyboard stroke shortcuts in Dentrix? Many people don’t know about this valuable time-saving “secret.”

Sometimes when I am training an office that is converting from a different software, they are comfortable using the keyboard and they get frustrated with Dentrix because it is so icon-driven. I usually send those offices the info sheet I have on using the keyboard strokes in Dentrix and they are happy once again. Seeing how happy these offices are with the shortcut info sheet, I wanted to share it with all of you just in case you like using the keyboard instead of icons.

In the Family File, Patient Chart, and Ledger modules, the following keyboard strokes work:

·         F1 – Help
·         F2 – Select Patient (in Appointment Book use SHIFT+F2)

In the Appointment Book, you can use the following:

·         F1, F2, F3, etc., switch between views you have setup on your workstation
·         SHIFT+F2 will select a patient
·         CTRL+W – changes to the Week View
·         CTRL+D – changes to the Day View
·         CTRL+U – with an appointment selected will open the Patient Picture

In the Office Manager:

·         F1 – Help
·         SPACEBAR – Selects and deselects highlighted items in the batch processor
·         SHIFT+END – Goes to the end of the print preview for multiple page documents – Yeah!!

In the Patient Chart (G2 or higher):

·         F1 – Help
·         F2 – Select Patient
·         F3 – Print Dental Chart
·         F5 – Refresh

Perio Chart

  • "B" on the keyboard for bleeding
  • "S" on the keyboard for Supperation (Pus)
  • "M" on the keyboard for Mobility, then select the correct grade
    • 0-4 using the keyboard
  • "P" on the keyboard for Plaque, then select the correct grade
    • 0 = None
    • 1 = Light
    • 2 = Moderate
    • 3 = Heavy
  • "L" on the keyboard for Bone Loss, then select the correct grade
    • 0 = None
    • 1 = Mild
    • 2 = Moderate
    • 3 = Severe
  • "F" on the keyboard for Furcation, then select the correct grade
    • 0 = No furcation involvement
    • 1 = Probe root indentation
    • 2 = Probe into furcation
    • 3 = Through furcation - soft tissue
    • 4 = Furcation open - void of soft tissue 

Happy Keyboard Pecking!

Dayna Johnson, Certified Dentrix Trainer
Dayna loves her work. She has over 25 years of experience in the dental industry, and she’s passionate about building efficient, consistent, and secure practice management systems. Dayna knows that your entire day revolves around your practice management software—the better you learn to use it, the more productive and stress-free your office will be. In 2016, Dayna founded Novonee ™, The Premier Dentrix Community, to help cultivate Dentrix super-users all over the country. Learn more from Dayna at and contact Dayna at


  1. is that all of them?

  2. I also would like more. For example, the office journal would be nice to have one. Perhaps f3? Or more ideally, let the user customize what they want.