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sp_helpsort (Transact-SQL)

Displays the sort order and character set for the instance of SQL Server.

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sp_helpsort

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Returns server default collation.

If an instance of SQL Server is installed with a collation specified to be compatible with an earlier installation of SQL Server, sp_helpsort returns blank results. When this behavior occurs, you can determine the collation by querying the SERVERPROPERTY object, such as: SELECT SERVERPROPERTY ('Collation');.

Requires membership in the public role.

The following example displays the name of the default sort order of the server, its character set, and a table of its primary sort values.

sp_helpsort;

Here is the result set.

Server default collation

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Latin1-General, case-sensitive, accent-sensitive, kanatype-insensitive, width-insensitive for Unicode Data, SQL Server Sort Order 51 on Code Page 1252 for non-Unicode Data.

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