In this article we address the importance of SQL Server Management Studio, revealing its key functionalities, which can help in boosting your performance while working with SMSS in SQL Server.
SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) is the soul of SQL Server DBA, making it one of the most used tool in the software. SSMS helps in managing, accessing, developing, configuring and administering all components and tools of SQL Server. It provides users with a single comprehensive utility, which combines a group of graphical tools with multiple script editors in order to provide access to all database administrators and developers to SQL Server.Tips For Using SQL Server Management StudioTips For Using SQL Server Management StudioTips For Using SQL Server Management StudioTips For Using SQL Server Management StudioTips For Using SQL Server Management Studio
However, while everyone uses SSMS for navigating through different database objects, or to write or to run queries, there are several other functionalities which can be used and built in SSMS.
Tips for Using SQL Server Management Studio
1. Use Registered Servers to Speed up Connections
SSMS allows registered servers to enter details and reuse them on other servers every time a user opens SSMS. Users can register server by opening Registered Servers Window on View Menu, then Expand Database Engine Node, and select New Server Registration. Now the user can insert the information of the new server, which will automatically be stored in the system once you close it.
2. Work with Large Queries by Splitting Queries
Users can split SSMS Query Editor in two windows, which enables users to see and work on two different sections of a query simultaneously. This feature can be used to work on large queries, or for solving particular sections of a single query. A user can scroll through or edit both parts of these split windows independently.
3. Use Keyboard Shortcuts for Quicker Editing
Keyboard shortcuts are handy for working faster and more efficiently. SSMS offers multiple keyboard shortcuts which users can use to boost up their performance while working on deadlines.
4. Use Vertical Tab Group to Compare Queries and Results
Query Editor’s default layout makes it hard for a user to compare T-SQL code and results consisting of different windows. But here, by using New Vertical Tab, the user will be able to display all the contents from different tabs vertically, allowing users to compare any code or query results.
5. Use Display Line Numbers in Large Queries
We always recommend users to display line numbers on their query window, when they are working on large queries, for a better understanding of the database. Users can enable line number by selecting the Options on Tool menu and then go to the Text editor and then select Transact SQL and put a check in front of Line number box.
6. Use New Object by Refreshing IntelliSense Cache
When a user creates a new stored procedure or a table, it doesn’t display its IntelliSense, for the object, as the user needs to refresh the local cache system of IntelliSense. For refreshing IntelliSense Cache, go to the Edit menu, then select IntelliSense, and then run the command to Refresh Local Cache. Users can also refresh IntelliSense Cache by using shortcut keys CTRL + SHIFT + R.
7. Use GO X for Executing T-SQL Batches
GO X command is used to put an end to a T-SQL batch, which is then sent to the SQL Server for the execution. But did you know by adding a specific number in front of GO command users can run a batch for a specific number of times? Users can also use this command to repeat update and insert statements in new testing data or to run other commands multiple times.
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