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Keyboard Query Shortcuts In SQL Server Management Studio




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In this article we are going to see some shortcuts that may be useful to you when you work with SQL Server Management Studio. You can always uses some custom queries too as query shortcuts in SSMS. Here I am going to show some most used the queries shortcuts. I hope you will like this.

Background

If you are a dot net developer or if you are working with any Microsoft technologies, you must have some experience in working with SQL and SQL Server Management Studio. But as a developer we always try to achieve the things in a simple manner. Isn’t it? This is where we are going for keyboard shortcuts. We do have an option to set and use the keyboard shortcuts in SSMS too. I will explain those.

Keyboard Query Shortcuts In SSMS

First of all let me tell you an example of where we can use the keyboard shortcuts. We know how to create stored procedures right? There procedures are created in a folder called ‘Stored Procedures’ under Programmability. Now let us assume that I have a stored procedure with name as usp_Get_SalesOrderDetail. Now if you need to see the queries we have written in that stored procedure, what will you do? You have two options,

  • Right click on the stored procedure and click on modify
  • Use the sp_helptext as sp_helptext usp_Get_SalesOrderDetail
  • Now my question is, in this scenario, whenever you need to see the stored procedure you need to type sp_helptext right? How can we overcome this situation? Here we can set the keyboard shortcuts.

    Setting the keyboard shortcuts

    Go to Tools -> Options.

    Tools_Options

    Tools_Options

    Go to Environment -> Keyboard -> Query Shortcuts

    Environment_Keyboard_Query_Shortcuts_

    Environment_Keyboard_Query_Shortcuts_

    On the right side you can see some shortcuts which are by default in SSMS. Now if you need to add a new one, just click on any column under Stored Procedure column.

    Adding_a_new_keyboard_shortcut

    Adding_a_new_keyboard_shortcut

    Click OK. Now please go to a query window and select the stored procedure then press CTRL+3, it will show the stored procedure.

    sp_helptext_Results_

    sp_helptext_Results_

    No if you need to select all the records from a table when you select the table and press CTRL+5(You can select any key). You can make the shortcut as follows.

    Selct_Query_As_Keyboard_Shortcut

    Selct_Query_As_Keyboard_Shortcut

    Now please go ahead and select the table name from the query window and press CTRL+4(The key we selected). I hope you got the result as expected. Have a happy coding!.

    Conclusion

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