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Posted - 12/19/2014 :  10:24:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I want a shortcut to paste some SQL wherever my cursor is.

For example, I often need to describe a table. On Oracle and Netezza this is easy with desc and /d commands. But in SQL Server you have to type exec sp_columns table_name.

And to search for a table I have to type: select table_name from information_schema.tables where table_name like '%%'.

This is all too much work, and I'm certainly not browsing the tree structure using my mouse. That's unproductive.

I want the ability to hit couple of keys and have code inserted wherever my cursor is. For example I want to hit command keys and have it paste a template where I can quickly just type in the dynamic part.

Example: If i want to describe a table I just use short-cut keys and the text "exec sp_columns " is pasted wherever my cursor is and then I type the table name in manually.

Any way to do this in SQL Server or Windows? I connect to SQL Server over Citrix if that matters.


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Posted - 12/19/2014 :  11:15:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In SSMS, you can use snippets. see under Tools menu. Ctrl-K Ctrl-X lets you insert snippets.
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