Menu Bar - Window Menu

The Window menu displays items that relate to windows of specific information types.


The Window menu contains standard menu items, typically found in other Mac OS X applications, such as:

  • Zoom: Toggles from the window sized currently set to a predefined window size, designed for the window's content.
  • Minimize: Minimizes the current window to the Dock.
  • Bring All to Front: Brings forth all open MacPractice windows.
Some Window menu options are MacPractice specific, such as:
  • Online Users: Opens a dialogue that displays all users currently logged in to the MacPractice database.
  • Palettes: Opens a window used as a palette for pull-fields when creating Forms and Notes.
  • Tasks: Opens a dialogue that displays all tasks currently running in the MacPractice background.
  • Database Processes: Opens a dialogue that lists the running MYSQL processes.
  • Patient Information: Opens a palette that lists a patient insurance information in the Patients ability.
  • Additional Windows: Each open window is a listed item, titled with the open view.

Window Menu - Zoom
The Zoom item resizes the current MacPractice window. Zoom toggles the window from the current size, to a size predefined based on the window's content. This is not the same as using the Full Screen option available in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which will make the window fill the entire screen regardless of content.

Window Menu - Minimize
The Minimize item minimizes the current MacPractice window as an icon within the Dock. A window can also be minimized with the Command-M keyboard shortcut. Click the minimized MacPractice window in the Dock to retrieve and display it.

Window Menu - Online Users
The Online Users item opens a dialogue box that displays all users currently logged in to MacPractice. Select the Online Users item to open the Online Users dialogue.

The dialogue displays the Online Users table, which displays online user information in the following table columns:

  • Online Users: Displays how many users are currently logged in to the MacPractice database.
  • Locked Records: Indicates how many records are currently being interacted with in the database.
  • Refresh Interval: Sets an auto-refresh time with a minimum of 1 minute to a maximum of 60 minutes.
  • ID & User Name: Lists the Users and User IDs that are logged in to MacPractice.
  • IP Address: Indicates the IP address for each logged in user.
  • Login Date /Time: Shows the date and time that the user logged in to MacPractice.
The Records table in the Online Users prompt displays the information on the specific records that are currently accessed in MacPractice. Select a user record in the online users table to see the related locked record information. The Records table displays the following columns:
  • Table: Displays which database table is currently in use by the user. The table is generally related to MacPractice view.
  • Record ID: Displays the database's unique identification number for the patient.
  • Lock Time: Displays when the user began the interaction session with the record.
When a record is locked, no other users can edit it. The record will display a lock icon. To access to a locked record, choose one of the following methods:
  • Use the IP Address to locate the system of the online user and log the user out of MacPractice. This process is the recommended method as it prevents data conflicts in the database.
  • If the record needs to be quickly accessed despite data loss risks, click the Lock icon on the record to unlock it. This can result in data conflicts in that the user's changes will not be saved to the record.
  • Select the Remove User or Remove Lock button in the Online Users dialogue to unlock the record. This can result in data conflicts in that the user's changes will not be saved to the record.

Window Menu - Palettes
The Palettes item opens a window used as a palette for pull-fields when creating Forms and Notes. Please see the Pull Field Palette section in the Forms Builder topic to learn more about using the Palette item.

Window Menu - Tasks
The Tasks item opens a dialogue that displays all tasks currently running in the background of MacPractice. An example of a task might be a Drawer Process, such as making a list from a Report.

The tasks activities listed are specific to the terminal. A user is not able to log out until all tasks are complete. In the example below, one task is still running. In order to log out of MacPractice, the user would need to wait for the task to finish or cancel the task with the Close (X) button to the right of the progress bar to terminate the task.

Window Menu - Database Processes
The Database Processes item opens the MySQL Process List that displays all of the MySQL Processes running in the background of MacPractice. An example of a process one would see here would be images migrating from the server to the terminal after updating MacPractice.

Window Menu - Patient Information
The Patient Information item opens a Patient Information Palette that lists a patient's insurance information in One mode of thePatients ability. For more information on the Patient Information Palette, see the Patient Information Palette section of our Patients documentation.


Window Menu - Bring All to Front
The Bring All to Front item brings forth all open MacPractice windows. When using MacPractice with other applications, selectBring All to Front to bring all MacPractice windows to the front, on top of any other application's open windows.

Window Menu - Additional Windows
When using multiple MacPractice windows, each window will be listed at the bottom of the Window menu, titled with the name of the open view. Select any open window from this list to move to that window.


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