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Script a Table

SQL Server Management Studio can create scripts to select, insert, update, and delete tables, and to create, alter, drop, or execute stored procedures.

Sometimes you want a script with multiple options, such as drop a procedure and then create a procedure, or create a table then alter a table. To create combined scripts, save the first script to a Query Editor window and the second to the clipboard so you can paste it into the window after the first script.

To create the insert script for a table

  1. In Object Explorer, expand your server, expand Databases, expand AdventureWorks2012 , expand Tables, right-click HumanResources.Employee, and then point to Script Table As.

  2. The shortcut menu has seven available scripting options: CREATE To, DROP To, DROP and CREATE To, SELECT To, INSERT To, UPDATE To, and DELETE To. Point to UPDATE To, and then click New Query Editor Window.

  3. A new Query Editor window opens, makes a connection, and presents the entire update statement.

    This exercise demonstrates how the scripting feature can do more than just script the creation of a table or stored procedure. This new feature can help you quickly add data manipulation scripts to your project and easily script execution of stored procedures. This can be a big timesaver for tables and procedures with many fields.

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