STX Desktop: Appointments

Appointments: Calendar Window

Purpose

The Appointment Calendar window is the automated equivalent of a paper appointment book. You can make appointments, confirm appointments, and view appointments from the Appointment Calendar window.

Using the automated appointment book opens up a world of possibilities for tracking and booking appointments. By storing appointment information you will be able to track how long in advance appointments are booked, who shows up on time, who is late and how many appointments are booked during each portion of the day. 

STX gives you a way to open up appointment booking to customers over the Internet with our secure Online Services subscription. Your customers will be able to book their own appointments based on the controls you set up.

The Online Booking feature syncs with your local STX database, so there is no fear that someone is taking a peek into your data. Because of this synching, there is no longer a need to take regular backups, or make those time consuming confirmation calls. ALL appointments for clients with valid email addresses will receive an automatic Appointment Reminder email, regardless of how the appointment was booked, whether online or locally with your receptionist. 

Controls

Use the side calendar to choose the day, week or month of days to display the associated Appointment Calendar window. 

One weekday displays the One Weekday booking view. This view will display all of the selected weekdays (ie: Wednesdays) for the month and is for one particular employee only.

To select multiple employees, hold the Apple (command) key and highlight each employee you wish to Focus on. Then click the Focus button. To show all employees again, click the Unfocus button.

However, the note will always appear, along with details of the appointment, when the mouse cursor is moved on top of any appointment.

Status shows the current status of the appointment you have highlighted on the appointment calendar. You can change the status of the appointment using the popup menu.

Build Appointment Opens the Appointment Builder booking screen.

Set the Booking intervals pop-up menu to the appropriate length of time you wish to show on the Appointment Calendar window. You must quit and restart STX for the changes to take effect.

Regardless of what the Booking Intervals is set to, your service times must be divisible by that length of time. For instance, you do not want to have a service time interval set for 45 minutes if your Booking Intervals are set to 20 minutes, because that leaves 5 minutes leftover. The Appointment Calendar window will “push” that extra 5 minutes into the next time slot, making the service "appear" to be booked for 60 minutes.

The statistics for the appointments on any given day and view option will show at the bottom of the appointment calendar.

# employees shows how many employees are being viewed on the appointment calendar for the view you have currently chosen.

# appointments shows how many appointments are on the appointment calendar for the view you have currently chosen.

% prebooked indicates what percentage of the appointments on the current view were prebooked appointments. This also includes any standing appointments previously booked.

% online indicates what percentage of the appointments on the current view were booked online.

# conflicts indicates the number of conflicting appointments on the current view. Mostly, this would be conflicts between standing appointments booked on top of appointments that already existed when the standing was created.

Calendar Resizing Controls

Found in the upper right hand corner, this allows you to change the width of each column on the appointment calendar window. The pictures, text, and appointments will auto-adjust themselves to fit within the adjusted width.

When the column width has been adjusted, and the booking calendar window is closed, STX will remember what the column widths were set to. The width settings will be remembered regardless of which view you are using on the booking calendar – All Employees One Day, One Employee One Week, or One Employee One Weekday.

Found in the lower right hand corner, this allows you to change the scale of the appointment calendar window. Reducing the percentage makes the appointment calendar smaller so you can view more employee columns and rows of time.

When the booking calendar is closed, STX will NOT remember the scale adjustment, and will open to the 100% view.

Calendar Color Controls

The starting times and ending times showing on the appointment calendar are based on Company and Employee hours. You might see 3 different colored blocks of time on any given day.

White blocks indicate times available for booking employees. This means both the Company and Employee are “open” for business.

Gray blocks indicate times when the Employee is not scheduled to take appointments, but the Company is open for business. These blocks are not available for booking appointments through the Appointment Builder

Purple blocks indicate there is an Employee whose hours are set to either start before or end after what the Company hours are set to. These blocks are not available for booking appointments through the Appointment Builder.

One Day View

The One Day view allows you to view a single day for all employees, whether scheduled to work that day or not. The employee’s picture shows at the top of the column, and comes from the employee’s setup record. This feature is turned on / off in the STX Preferences window. The number of Associates assigned to an employee is shown under the employee name.

One Week View

Double-click on an employee name, from the top of the employee’s appointment column, to open the One Week view for that employee.

The One Week view allows you to view a complete week for the selected employee. 

To view a different week, use the side Calendar to highlight the desired week to view the selected employee’s week.

Double-click on a day of the week, from the top of the appointment column, to open the One Weekday view for the employee. 

To go back to the One Week view, change the One Weekday popup menu to One Week.

To go back to the One Day view, change the popup menu to One Day and click the Today button to go back to Today.

One Weekday View

The One Weekday view allows you to view 6 weeks of one day of the week for the selected employee. The 6 weeks are from the currently selected month on the calendar.

Double-click on any date, from the top of the appointment column, to open the One Day view for that one day. This will bring you back to the All Employee view for One Day.

Appearance of Appointments

STX uses color and highlighting on each appointment to give you, the user, specific information about each appointment. Because STX considers all services for a client to be part of a single appointment, and not multiple appointments for one client, all services a client is booked for will follow the same color coding.

Note: You can set the STX Appointment Preferences to keep each service booked for one client as separate appointments. This, in turn, will allow each to follow separate color codes.

• Color the Client Name is printed in, indicates the Client Visit Type. The color of each Client Visit Type is defined during setup.

• Border and background color of the appointment indicates the Status of the appointment. The Status color cannot be changed.

• Length of the Employee Bar at the left edge of the appointment indicates the length of time the actual employee is booked to perform the service. (No bar, or a purple bar, indicates the time is open for another service to be booked.)

• Color of the Employee Bar at the left edge of the appointment indicates whether or not the actual employee is booked to perform the service. The bar is orange when the employee is booked to perform that portion of the service and purple when an associate is booked to perform that portion of the service. No bar indicates the time is open for another service to be booked.

The only way to book this example is with the Basic Book method. The Appointment Builder will not search for it as available for booking.

The Appointment Builder will search for either of the last 2 time intervals and find them as being available.

Standing Appointments are the same appointments booked over and over into the future. Standing appointments will have the Glossy or Shiny appearance as they would be considered as Pre-Booked appointments as well.

Resizing and Moving Appointments

Click on an appointment to select and activate the resize bars at the top and bottom of the appointment. Resize the appointment by dragging the bars up or down. On an interval appointment, you can only resize the first and last intervals.

No appointment or interval will resize to less than 15 minutes. If you resize an appointment in error, you may immediately restore it by pulling down the Edit menu and selecting the Undo option.

You may click between the bars and drag the appointment to a new location in the current or another employee's column. While dragging the appointment around to the place you wish to move it to, the mouse-over will show the time and employee you are moving the appointment over to. 

You will not be allowed to move an appointment to another employee's column if the employee does not perform the service. The columns for the employees who do not perform the service you are moving will turn a pink shade. If you move an appointment in error, you may immediately restore it by pulling down the Edit menu and selecting the Undo Move Appointment option.

If the service you are moving is to a different time slot with the same employee, the following message will appear.

Click Move Service if you are sure you want to move the service to a different time slot with the same employee. Click Cancel if you wish to retain the original time slot.

If the service you are moving is to a different employee, the following message will appear.

Click Move Service if you are sure you want to move the service to a different employee. Click Cancel if you wish to retain the service with the original employee. 

NOTE: It is very important you know what appointments you are moving. If the client is receiving more than one service for his/her appointment, there will be an asterisk (*) in front of the client name when looking at the Appointment Calendar. Moving only one of the services of a multi-service appointment to a different time slot, or a different employee, could have a negative effect on the rest of the appointment.

STX allows you to move one service at a time within the multi-service appointment, so when one service is moved, the other services will NOT follow. The other services must be moved as well. As an alternative, Reschedule the appointment instead. 

If the entire multi-service appointment needs to be moved, rather than moving each service individually, a safer way is to use the Reschedule feature. Double-click on the multi-service appointment you wish to move to open the Appointment Detail screen.

Click the Reschedule icon located at the top of the screen to search for different availabilities through the Appointment Builder. Using this method to ‘move’ the entire appointment will keep you from having to remember to move all services associated with the appointment, each one individually.

Canceling Appointments

You may cancel an appointment several different ways. If the client is booked for more than one service in a multi-service appointment, you can cancel the entire appointment, remove one or more services from within the appointment, or delete the entire appointment without it being tracked as Canceled. Canceled appointments are tracked on the Appointments tab of the Client Card

To cancel the entire appointment, whether it is just a single-service or a multi-service appointment, double-click the appointment to open the Appointment Detail screen.

Click the Cancel Appt. icon located at the top of the detail screen. This will cancel the entire appointment, regardless of it being a single-service appointment or a multi-service appointment. Click Save and then Close the detail screen. The entire appointment has now been canceled and will be tracked on the Appointments tab of the Client Card.

To remove one or more services from a multi-service appointment, but not cancel or delete the entire appointment, double-click on the appointment to open the Appointment Detail screen.

Highlight the service you wish to remove and click Delete Service. Continue until all desired services have been removed. Click Save and then Close the detail screen.

Another way to delete one service from a multi-service appointment is to highlight the service on the Appointment Calendar and press the Delete key on your keyboard. The following message will appear.

Click Delete if you are sure you want to remove the service from the multi-service appointment, leaving the other services in tact. Click Cancel to retain the original appointment.

To completely DELETE the entire appointment without having it tracked as Canceled on the Appointments tab of the Client Card, double-click on the appointment to open the Appointment Detail screen.

Click the Delete Appt. icon at the top. The following message will appear.

Click Delete if you are sure you want to delete the entire appointment. Click Cancel to retain the original appointment. Clicking Delete will completely remove the entire appointment from the Appointment Calendar without tracking it as Canceled on the Appointments tab of the Client Card.

NOTE: It is not recommended everyone on your staff have the ability to Delete appointments. It is best to Cancel the appointment instead, as it will be tracked on the client’s card. Deleting appointments completely removes all traces the appointment ever existed to begin with.

If you are wanting to delete a single-service appointment AND have it tracked as Canceled on the Appointments tab of the Client Card, click ONE time on the appointment to activate it on the Appointment Calendar. Press the Delete key on your keyboard. The following message will appear. 

Click Cancel Appointment to cancel the single-service appointment. Click Cancel to retain the appointment. If you cancel an appointment in error, you may immediately recall it by pulling down the Edit menu and selecting the Undo option.

Appointments: Booking Appointments

Purpose

There are two ways to book an appointment. You can click and drag downward from the starting time slot under and employee and use the Basic Book method, or you can double-click on the starting time slot for the employee and use the Appointment Builder. The Appointment Builder can also be opened by clicking the Build Appointment button found below the list of employee names in the lower left hand corner of the Appointment Calendar. There is also an Appointment Builder option in the Appointments menu, or you can click the Builder icon in the appointment toolbar.

The Basic Book method breaks any rules you have set up for booking services, employees, and/or resources. The Appointment Builder follows all rules you have set up for booking services, employees, and/or resources. When using the Appointment Builder, you never have to look at the appointment calendar to schedule an appointment. The Appointment Builder coordinates it all for you regardless of how many services and/or employees you are booking at the time.

Booking Alerts

STX allows you to set Booking Restrictions on the Client Card for those clients whom you need be alerted to certain information at the time the client tries to book an appointment. 

Booking Restrictions can be set by going to Client: Client Cards: Client Info. The Booking Restrictions area is located in the bottom left hand corner of the Client Info tab.

You must check the checkbox for Booking Restrictions if you wish to set the client with one. Select either of the following.

Alert Only simply shows an alert when booking the appointment for the client and allows you to continue to book the appointment.

Do Not Book shows the alert when booking the appointment for the client, but does NOT allow you to continue booking the appointment.

Persistent No Show describes a client who books appointments with you regularly and does not show up for them.

Unpaid Returned Check describes a client who wrote you a bad check.

The Blank field is the user definable field which allows you to enter specific information to show on the alert screen when booking an appointment for the client. If you wish to enter the date and amount of the Unpaid Returned Check, you may do so here. The information you have entered here is specific to this client and will not pertain to any other client with Booking Restrictions.

If you try to book an appointment for a client with a booking restriction, you will see one of the following two sheets.

This is the Alert and allows you the choice of booking the appointment by clicking Book Anyway or to not book the appointment by clicking Don’t Book. Clicking Don’t Book will take you back to where you started the booking process before entering the client name.

This is the warning telling you the client is set to not allow booking appointments with you at all. Clicking OK will take you back to where you started the booking process before entering the client name. Notice how the warning tells you the reason(s) why this client is not allowed to book an appointment.

Basic Booking

Basic Booking allows you to book one or more services with a single employee only. From the Appointment Calendar, click in an open time slot under the employee you wish to book, and drag down to highlight at least a 15 minute segment of time, as shown in the following picture.

Release the mouse button and the following Basic Booking window will appear.

Fill in the Client name and select a Visit Type. Check the Pre-Booked box if this is a future appointment the client is making prior to leaving ‘today’. 

Click to highlight the service(s) to be performed. To select more than one service, hold the Apple (command) key on your keyboard, and click once on each desired service.

Once all desired services have been selected, enter a note about the appointment in the Notes field. You may also view the client's card by clicking the Info button (the blue circle with the i in it). Once all required information is selected, click OK to book the appointment or Cancel to cancel booking the appointment. 

To use the Basic Booking method for booking a service on top of an existing service, hold the Option (alt) key on your keyboard. The Appointment Calendar will have a "washed out" appearance. While holding the Option (alt) key, drag the time you wish to double book a service in, right over the existing appointment.

Important Notes:

1. Basic Booking breaks all of the rules for resources, timing, and over-booking you might have established when setting up your data. Basic Booking overrides ALL of the rules. Using the Appointment Builder (see following section) is the safest way to book an appointment to prevent over-booking as well as wrongly booking an appointment because it needs to follow all of the rules.

2. When using the Basic Booking method to book an appointment with more than one service, you must have the services listed in the order they are to be performed. To make sure the services are in the correct order, go to Setup: Services: Sequence and move the services to the proper order. For example, you would want to have the chemical services listed before haircuts, as that is the order they are typically performed in. The Basic Booking screen will always book the services in the order they are listed, not in the order you select them. 

Appointment Builder

Another way to book an appointment, which is better suited for an appointment with multiple services and/or employees, is with the Appointment Builder. Imagine never having to look at your Appointment Calendar again in order to book an appointment for a client!

The Appointment Builder is a powerful appointment-building tool that allows you to book a client's appointment by History of past appointments, by Employee(s) to perform the service(s), by Service(s) desired before selecting the employee(s), or by Resources required for specific services. 

You can select as many different services with as many different employees as you like and the system will find the available time slots to fulfill your request, regardless of how complicated your request might be. The Appointment Builder does all of the coordinating for you, as well as follow all of the rules you have set for employees, services, and resources!

To build an appointment with the Appointment Builder, you will do one of the following:

Use the main tool bar to click the Appointments and then Builder icons.

Use the menu bar for the Appointments menu and select Appointment Builder.

Click the Build Appointment button from the lower left hand corner of the Appointment Calendar.

Once the Appointment Builder screen appears, start by selecting a Client name, Visit Type and if this appointment is Pre-Booked or not. You may also view the client’s card by clicking the Info button (the blue circle with the i in it) or enter a note referencing the appointment by clicking the Note… button.

By default, the Appointment Builder searches ahead 14 days from the current date highlighted on the Limit Search calendar. The search will always return all available start times for the desired appointment to occur during the 14 day period beginning with the selected start date.

If the client is Pre-Booking an appointment, you can use the ‘week’ buttons to advance the search calendar ahead by so many weeks. Click the 6 button to advance 6 weeks to the future before starting the search. If you wish to start the search back on ‘today's’ date, click the Today button and the calendar will go back to whatever today's date is. 

You can change the scope of this search by choosing another start date and/or time, and may limit the search by unchecking days and portions of days that the client is not available. For instance, the client cannot possibly come on Monday or Tuesday of any given week and can only come in the afternoon or evening. You would uncheck Monday and Tuesday as well as uncheck the Morning box. 

You may even wish to have the search start at a particular time of day. If the client has requested any time after 10:00 am, you can check the Start Time box, and enter the time you want the search to start. All results will be on or after the designated time entered. If the client does not care what time of day the appointment is for, leave the Start Time box unchecked.

Note: You do not need to change any of the Limit Search criteria, except for maybe the date you want the search to start. Unchecking the day of week boxes and segments of the day could possibly limit your search too much, ending up with nothing available. Because you want to give your client every possible time available, it is our recommendation that you leave the day of week boxes checked, leave the segments of the day boxes checked, and do not fill in a Start Time.

Click the Reset All button to reset the entire Appointment Builder screen, and start over with different information for scheduling the appointment.

By History

After selecting a client, their appointment History will automatically show on the History tab with all future appointment dates in RED text. All past appointments are in BLACK text. 

The History will show as long as the client has had any past or future appointments booked. You may choose an entire appointment or individual service from this list to base the new appointment on.

Double-clicking the Date of an existing appointment will move all services from that appointment to the Selected Services area on the right. Double-clicking an individual service from within an existing appointment date will move that one service to the Selected Services area on the right.

Using the History tab to book future appointments saves a lot of time when booking appointments that are recurring, but not a standing appointment, or when the client consistently books the same services each time. 

STX will remember if a client needs a non-standard amount of time for a service. If a booked service time length is ever changed, the History tab will show the unique time length for the service. Booking that service again will ensure the same unique time length without you having to think about changing it again.

By Employee

After selecting a client, the visit type, Pre-Booked status, and the Limit Search criteria, click the Employee tab to book the appointment by Employee.

The Employee tab lists each employee that books appointments, and the services they perform. You can open the Appointment Builder to automatically go to the Employee tab by double-clicking on an employee's column from the Appointment Calendar. Once the Appointment Builder screen appears, the employee you double-clicked on will automatically be selected and that employee's services will be displayed. 

Double-clicking a service will move the service into the list on the right in the Selected Services area. You may move as many services from as many employees as you wish to this area. 

Once you have moved the desired services to the Selected Services area, you can organize and change the services listed there. Click and Drag to move the services to a different order for booking the appointment. 

Highlight a service and click the Remove button to remove just that one service from the appointment. Click the Clear button to clear all services from the Selected Services area and start over.

Important Note: Leaving services set to ANY employee could increase the time it takes to search for available start times. This is especially true if multiple services are assigned to ANY employee. It is recommended that all services have a specific employee chosen in order to keep the search times to a minimum.

By Service

After selecting a client, the visit type, Pre-Booked status, and the Limit Search criteria, click the Service tab to book the appointment by Service.

 The Service tab lists services and the employees that perform them. It is useful if a client wants a specific service but does not request a specific employee or if the desk staff does not know which employees perform specific services. 

Double-clicking either ANY EMPLOYEE or the actual employee will move the service into the list at the right in the Selected Services area. 

Once you have moved the desired services to the Selected Services area, you can organize and change the services listed there. Click and Drag to move the services to a different order for booking the appointment. 

Highlight a service and click the Remove button to remove just that one service from the appointment. Click the Clear button to clear all services from the Selected Services area and start over.

To book a Service Package, double-click on the package name to move the services within the package to the Selected Services area. Select the employee ID from the Emp popup menu to specify an employee for each service. Leave the ID to any if a particular employee is not specified for the service(s).

Important Note: Leaving services set to ANY employee could increase the time it takes to search for available start times. This is especially true if multiple services are assigned to ANY employee. It is recommended that all services have a specific employee chosen in order to keep the search times to a minimum.

By Resource

After selecting a client, the visit type, Pre-Booked status, and the Limit Search criteria, click the Resource tab to book the appointment by Resource. A Resource is a piece of equipment, room, or chair utilized by specific services such as a Tanning Booth, Pedicure Chair, Wet Room, etc. If you have limited resources with which to perform services, STX will not allow those resources to be overbooked when using the Appointment Builder to book the appointment(s).

 The Resource tab lists resources and the services that utilize them. To book a Resource, double-click on the service that uses the Resource to move the service to the Selected Services area. Select the employee ID from the Emp popup menu to specify an employee for each service. Leave the ID to ANY if a particular employee is not specified for the service.

Once you have moved the desired services to the Selected Services area, you can organize and change the services listed there. Click and Drag to move the services to a different order for booking the appointment. 

Highlight a service and click the Remove button to remove just that one service from the appointment. Click the Clear button to clear all services from the Selected Services area and start over.

Important Note: Leaving a service set to ANY employee will increase the time it takes to search for available start times. This is especially true if multiple services are assigned to ANY employee. It is highly recommended that all services have a specific employee chosen in order to keep the search times to a minimum.

Booking the Appointment

The last step before starting your search is to verify the Selected Services list has the correct services with the correct employees in the correct order. You can change the employee from the Emp popup. You can remove a service from the list by selecting it and clicking Remove or you can remove all services and start over by clicking Clear. You can also click and drag a service to change its sequence in the list.

Once you are satisfied with the Selected Services list, click the Start Searching button. You will be presented with a list of available dates for the 14 day period, beginning with the selected start date. Click on the right pointing arrow in front of the day to reveal the available starting times, then click the right pointing arrow in front of the desired starting time to reveal the services, employees and ranking.

You can choose to have the search results sorted by either Date and Time or by Date, Rank and Time. To choose the sort order, go to the STX menu to Preferences: Appointments. The following screen will appear.

If you sort by Date, Rank and Time, the search results will first be in date order, then the ranking order, and then the time order. Because it puts the Ranking before the time order, the times may not be in chronological order. The longer the Ranking bar, the better the appointment will fit into the day. By Ranking the appointment times, you can help to eliminate the small openings between appointments, the ‘swiss cheese’ effect.

Ranking the appointment times provides the following benefits:

1. Maximizes the number of appointment edges touching either another appointment, the client's existing appointment, or the beginning or end of an employee's day.

2. Minimizes the number of employees involved in an appointment for a client by creating a higher ranking for fewer employees. This has the effect of allowing a single employee to perform as many of the service requests as possible while keeping the "shuffling" of the client around between employees to a minimum.

If you left the service(s) set to search for ANY employee before searching, you will see the different number of options available for each specific starting time. Click the right pointing arrow in front of the desired starting time to reveal the different employee options and ranking.

If you selected specific employees for each service before searching, you will see the available start times listed under each date without a right pointing arrow. In either case, select the desired starting time by highlighting it in the list.

If the client already has an existing appointment during the search period, you will be able to see it noted in the search results list. This is a great way to remind the client they already have an appointment scheduled, as maybe they forgot when they contacted you for a new appointment, and eliminate any duplicate bookings for the client.

Each time you highlight a starting time for the appointment, a sheet will appear out to the side to show you exactly where that appointment will be booked for the date/time you have chosen. Use the up or down arrow on your keyboard to move through the available starting times to see where you would choose for the appointment to be booked if you do not want to ‘trust’ the appointment ranking.

You may clear the available dates at any time by changing the search criteria in the Limit Search area or by changing the Selected Services list. This may be necessary to do if no acceptable starting dates or times are returned by the current search results. Once you have changed the search criteria, simply click Start Searching again for a new listing of search results.

Once you and the client have agreed on a time for the appointment to be booked, click Book Appointment

Please note the Book Appointment button will not be enabled for the following reasons:

- If you have not highlighted a starting time for the desired appointment.

- If you do not have a client name on the Appointment Builder screen.

- If you have not selected a client Visit Type

Once you click the Book Appointment button, the following Appointment Detail screen will appear.

This Appointment Detail screen allows you to reiterate to the client when they selected to have their appointment scheduled. If you do not need to change anything within this screen, simply close the window. Please see the section Appointments: Appointment Detail for more information regarding the above screen.

Appointments: Appointment Status


Changing appointment Status

Purpose

The Appointment Status is the color coded border surrounding an appointment indicating which status has been set to the appointment. 

Blue indicates the appointment is Booked

Yellow indicates the appointment has been Called

Pink indicates the appointment has been Confirmed

Green indicates the appointment has been Checked In

Black indicates the appointment is a No Show

Gray indicates the appointment is Complete

There are a couple of different ways to change the status of an appointment. To change the Appointment Status of an existing appointment, perform one of the following options.

Open the Appointment Detail screen by double-clicking an existing appointment, and use the Status popup menu.

Click one (1) time on the desired appointment, and use the Status popup menu on the bottom left hand corner of the Appointment Calendar screen.

Note the keyboard commands next to each Status option. Holding the Command key on your keyboard combined with the appropriate number will automatically change the Status on the highlighted (active) appointment.

Command 1 = Booked

Command 2 = Called

Command 3 = Confirmed

Command 4 = Checked In

Command 5 = No Show

Command 6 = Complete

Normally the status for Complete is set automatically once the ticket transaction for the client has been paid for. You typically will never have to use this status option yourself.

 

Checking In Appointments

When selecting the Checked In status, a Client Visit ticket transaction will automatically be created for the client. Each service being performed will be included on the Client Visit ticket, along with each employee performing them. 

If an appointment for a past date is accidentally checked in, the following alert will appear. 

If an appointment for a future date is accidentally checked in, the following alert will appear.

In either case, click Cancel and the appointment will NOT be checked in and a ticket transaction will NOT be created for the client. Click Check In Appointment to check in the appointment and have a ticket transaction created for the client on ‘today’s’ date.

If a Client Visit ticket transaction is created by mistake, it will be necessary to delete the ticket transaction before you can change the Appointment Status back to the original setting.


Appointments: Appointment Detail

Purpose

The Appointment Detail screen allows you to control many aspects of a scheduled appointment.  

- Change the Client Name 

- Look up confirmation phone numbers for the client

- Go directly to the client card to update information

- Check and/or Change the Status of the Appointment

- Edit the Visit Type

- View completed ticket transaction (if there is one)

- Edit Pre-Booked Status

- Edit Appointment Note

- Create a Standing Appointment

- View listing of Standing Appointments for the client

- Edit any future Standing Appointments for the client

- Reschedule the Appointment

- Delete the Entire Appointment

- Cancel the Entire Appointment

- Delete one Service from the Appointment

- Print a Reminder Label (if using a Dymo Label Writer printer)

- Print a Traveler for this Client only

- Print a Client Info report for this Client only

- Print a listing of all Standing appointments

- Check the Date Booked/Modified and by Whom

Detail

To open the Appointment Detail screen, double-click on any appointment showing on the Appointment Calendar

The Title Bar of the Appointment Detail screen shows which appointment you have opened.

Create Standing: Create a standing appointment from an existing appointment. The future standing appointments will be booked on the same day of the week, at the same time, for the same services and employees as the one you opened the Appointment Detail screen for. You set the number of days, weeks, or months between each standing appointment.

Reschedule: Opens the Appointment Builder containing this appointment’s information to allow for another search or for services to be added and/or changed. 

Cancel Appt: Cancels the entire appointment, removes it from the Appointment Calendar, and tracks the canceled appointment on the Client Card on the Appointments tab.

Delete Appt: Deletes the entire appointment, removes it from the Appointment Calendar, and does NOT track the appointment at all in relation to the client’s card.

The Appointment Detail screen shows the time and date details of when the appointment is occurring. This makes confirmation calls much easier to make.

The client name field may be used to choose another client or enter a new client. The client Info button (the blue circle with the i in it) takes you to this client's card.

The client's contact information is displayed below the client name field if your login password allows access to this information. Any changes made to the client record will automatically show here. Note: If you make any changes to the client’s information, you must first save the changes on the client card before returning to the Appointment Detail screen.

The Status menu allows you to change the Status of the appointment to any of the menu options. Once you have changed the Status menu, click the Save icon and close the window.

The Visit Type menu allows you to change the Visit Type for the client. Once you have made changes to the Visit Type menu, click the Save icon and close the window. 

The Show Ticket button takes you directly to the client’s Client Visit ticket transaction, if there is one. The client must have been Checked In before this button will become activated.

The Pre-Booked checkbox allows you to either check or uncheck if it was not done at the time the appointment was created. Once you have made changes to the Pre-Booked status, click the Save icon and close the window.

The Appointment Detail screen shows the date the appointment was booked and by whom, as well as if/when the appointment was last modified and by whom.


The Delete Service button allows you to delete one service at a time from a multi-service appointment, without deleting the entire appointment. This is a shortcut to using the Reschedule icon wherein all you wish to do is remove a service.

To remove the service from the appointment, highlight the service you wish to remove and click Delete Service. If you have deleted any services from this appointment, click the Save icon before closing the window. If you deleted the wrong service from the appointment, go to the Edit menu and select the Undo option. Or, simply Close the window first, and then click Don't Save. Re-open the Appointment Detail screen by double-clicking on the appointment again.

Note: Removing a service from a multi-service appointment could have a negative effect on the rest of the appointment. Please make sure you remember to adjust any remaining services from the appointment if necessary. 

The Appointment Notes field allows you to edit or add notes to the appointment.

Standing Appointments shows the listing of all future Standing appointments. Double-click on a particular date to see the Appointment Detail screen for that specific appointment. The Status of the appointment is showing in the list next to the date.

There are 4 Print options in the Appointment Detail screen.

Reminder prints a reminder label for this appointment if using the Dymo Label Writer printer. You can also print a reminder to the Receipt Printer, or any other printer of your choosing. The reminder printer is set by going to the STX menu to Preferences: Appointments.

Traveler prints the Traveler report for this client only.

Client Info prints the Client Information report for this client only.

Standings prints the listing of all standing appointments booked for this client only.

Save all changes made to the Appointment Detail screen by clicking the Save icon, and then close the window by clicking the red gumdrop. If you close the window first, without clicking the Save icon, a screen will appear.

Click Cancel to return to the Appointment Detail screen.

Click Save to save the changes you have made.

Appointments: Standing Appointments

Purpose

Standing appointments allow for booking several recurring appointments at one time, saving the time involved in booking them individually. The future standing appointments will be booked on the same day of the week, at the same time, for the same services and employees as the one you opened the Appointment Detail screen for. You set the number of days, weeks, and months between each standing appointment. The only time they will not be booked on the same day of the week is if you choose a certain number of Days or Months between each standing appointment.

Create a Standing Appointment

To create a standing appointment, double-click to open the details of the appointment you want to create the standing appointment from, and click the Create Standing icon in the toolbar of the Appointment Detail screen. All services on the selected appointment will be included in the standing appointments.

The Begin date will be the date of the appointment you just opened the Appointment Detail screen for. The End date will automatically be six (6) months from the Begin date. The Time will be the start time of the first service of the appointment you just opened the Appointment Detail screen for.

Enter the number of Days, Weeks, or Months between each standing appointment, keeping in mind that using Days or Months will create appointments on different days of the week. 

You may change any of these items to satisfy the client's needs. Consider establishing a standard End date for all standing appointments so you will be able to extend them on a scheduled basis rather than having to "remember" when someone's standing appointments run out.

Each time you make changes to the dates, times, or interval between appointments, you will see how may appointments you will possibly be scheduling.

Click Search to find available appointments, or click Cancel to return to the Appointment Detail screen without booking any standing appointments. Clicking the Search button will cause the following window to appear.

The Schedule these appointments? window contains a list of available appointments. If there are any conflicting dates, you will also see a list of appointments that can't be booked because of conflicts with appointments already scheduled for the time you are trying to schedule the standing appointment. 

Click Schedule Available to only book the standing appointments where there are no conflicts. If you choose this option, you will need to make a note of the conflicting dates so you can book the appointments separately from the standing. 

Click Cancel to return to the Book Standing sheet to reset or change the standing appointment criteria. Click Schedule All to book all of the appointments, including the conflicting ones.

Once the standing appointments are booked, the Appointment Detail screen will reappear to show all of the standing appointments you just booked for the client. The conflicting date(s), if any, will appear. To change the conflicting appointment, double-click on the conflicting date to open the Appointment Detail screen for it.

Click the Reschedule icon to reschedule that one appointment from within the set of standing appointments. The following alert will appear.

Click the Reschedule Appointment button to change the time, through the Appointment Builder, so it will not conflict with another appointment already scheduled for that time. Click Cancel and manually go to the conflicting date and move the appointment to a different time slot.

The conflicting appointment will always stand out with the red background color. Simply drag the appointment to a different time. The following alert will appear.

The Move Service for XX Appointments button will move all of the remaining standing appointments to the “new” time. The Move Service button will only move the one service and therefore remove it from the listing of standing appointments. It removes it from the standing status because it no longer fits the criteria that the rest of the standing appointments do. It is now considered just a single appointment, not linked to any other appointments. Click Cancel to return back to the appointment calendar.

Once the appointment is moved, you must change the Status of the appointment from Conflicting to something else because it is no longer a conflicting appointment. Note: You will only see the Status option of Conflicting from within the Appointment Detail screen. 

The statistics showing at the bottom of the Appointment Calendar will show the conflicting appointments on each day. Conflicting appointments are only created when a Standing appointment has been booked with the Schedule All button being clicked. If you do not want to create Conflicting appointments, click the Schedule Available button when booking the Standing appointment. 

Appointments: Waiting List

Purpose

The Waiting List is a listing of clients with appointment requests for times that are not available at the time of the appointment search. It allows you to book appointments based on the appointment request and shows if the request has expired or not. You can see the details of the appointment request as well as add/edit appointment notes.

Opening the Waiting List

There are a few different ways to open the Waiting List, as shown below.

To open the Waiting List, click the Appointments icon from the main Toolbar and then click Waiting List.

Use the Appointments menu from the menu bar and pull down to Waiting List.

Click one time on the appointment on the appointment calendar that is canceling. On the keyboard, hold the combination of Shift Delete keys and release them at once. The following alert will appear.

Note: The only way to force the Waiting List to automatically appear when canceling an appointment, is to hold the combination of Shift Delete keys on your keyboard once you have selected the appointment to cancel from the appointment calendar.

Adding Appointments to the Waiting List

To add an appointment request to the Waiting List, you must use the Appointment Builder to do so.

Once you have searched for the available dates and times and the client cannot come during any of those openings, click the Add to Waiting List button at the bottom of the search results and the appointment request will be added to the Waiting List. The Appointment Builder window will go away once the Add to Waiting List button is clicked.

You can add an appointment note in the Notes field, you can edit the appointment note already present, you can Remove the request from the Waiting List, or you can choose to Book the appointment. The clients listed in RED indicate the appointment request has expired. You can choose to Remove the client from the Waiting List, or re-add them to the Waiting List.

To Book an appointment from the Waiting List, highlight the Client name and click the Book button.

The Appointment Builder screen will open with the information about the appointment request already filled in. Click Start Searching, find the date and time the client wishes to come in, and click Book Appointment. The appointment request will be removed from the Waiting List.

If the search results still are not satisfactory for the client, simply Close the Appointment Builder screen and the appointment request will remain on the Waiting List untouched.  

If you want to re-add an expired request back into the Waiting List, highlight the Client name and click the Book button. 

The Appointment Builder screen will open with the information about the appointment request already filled in. Change the Limit Search Calendar to a different "starting" date, if necessary, and click Start Searching. If you do not see anything to fit the client's needs, click Update Waiting List, and the client will be re-added with a new expiration date.

It is recommended to keep the Waiting List minimized in the Dock. This allows easy access to the Waiting List if someone cancels his/her appointment and you wish to fill that spot with a client from the Waiting List

To Minimize the Waiting List, click the ‘yellow’ gumdrop in the upper left corner of the Waiting List screen. To bring the Waiting List forward again, go to the Dock and click the Waiting List icon. 

Appointments: Today’s Appointments

Purpose

The Appointments Today feature shows all appointments booked just for ‘today’, for all employees combined.

To open the Appointments Today screen, use the main toolbar and click Appointments: Appts Today.

Use the menu bar by going to Appointments and selecting the Today's Appointments option.

Double-click the Note icon to open the Appointment Detail screen where the note is located.

Double-click the Ticket icon to open the actual ticket that was created at the time the appointment was checked in.

A light green color will show as a tint on the list for appointments both +/- 1 (one) hour from now, the ‘current’ time.

• The Time will be coded with the Appointment Status color if none of the above criteria apply.

• The color of each line is the Appointment Status color, aside from the time of the appointment, which could be one of the above.

This will cause a Contextual menu to appear, allowing you to set the status immediately, without having to open any other screens or use any other keyboard commands.

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