Monday, March 12, 2012

SSMS – Change Select Top 1000 Rows or Edit Top 200 Rows

In SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) it is possible to select the Top 1000 or edit the Top 200 rows in a table or view. When you right on a table or view in SSMS, you will see the Context menu below.

In this Context menu you can:
1. Select Top 1000 Rows
2. Edit Top 200 Rows

The idea behind this is for performance reasons. But what if you want to display all the records, or edit row 250 for example? In SSMS it is possible to change these default settings. To modify the “Select Top 1000 Rows” or “Edit Top 200 Rows”  settings do the following:

1. In SSMS click on  Tools | Options
2. Select SQL Server Object Explorer . Now you should be able to see the Table and View Options
3. To select/edit All records from a table or view, specify a value of 0 to return all rows.

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