The Diagram pane presents a graphic display of the tables or table-valued objects you have selected from the data connection. It also shows any join relationships among them.
In the Diagram pane you can:
Add or remove tables and table-valued objects and specify data columns for output.
Create or modify joins between tables and table-valued objects.
When you make a change in the Diagram pane, the Criteria pane and SQL pane are updated to reflect your change. For example, if you select a column for output in a table or table-valued object window in the Diagram pane, the Query and View Designer adds the data column to the Criteria pane and to the SQL statement in the SQL pane.
The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.
Each table or table-valued object appears as a separate window in the Diagram pane. The icon in the title bar of each rectangle indicates what type of object the rectangle represents, as illustrated in the following table.
Query or View
Each rectangle shows the data columns for the table or table-valued object. Check boxes and symbols appear next to the names of columns to indicate how the columns are used in the query. ToolTips display information such as data type and size for columns.
The following table lists the check boxes and symbols used in the rectangle for each table or table-valued object.
Check box or symbol
Specifies whether a data column appears in the query result set (Select query) or is used in an Update, Insert From, Make Table, or Insert Into query. Select the column to add it to the results. If (All Columns) is selected, all data columns appear in the output.
The icon used with the check box changes according to the type of query you are creating. When creating a Delete query, you cannot select individual columns.
Indicates that the data column is being used to order the query results (is part of an ORDER BY clause). The icon appears as A-Z if the sort order is ascending or Z-A if sort order is descending.
Indicates that the data column is being used to create a grouped result set (is part of a GROUP BY clause) in an aggregate query.
Indicates that the data column is included in a search condition for the query (is part of a WHERE or HAVING clause).
Indicates that the contents of the data column are being summarized for output (are included in a SUM, AVG, or other aggregate function).
Query and View Designer will not display data columns for a table or table-valued object if you do not have sufficient access rights to it or if the database driver cannot return information about it. In such cases, the Query and View Designer displays only a title bar for the table or table-structured object.
If the query involves a join, a join line appears between the data columns involved in the join. If the joined data columns are not displayed (for example, the table or table-valued object window is minimized or the join involves an expression), the Query and View Designer places the join line in the title bar of the rectangle representing the table or table-valued object. The Query and View Designer displays one join line for each join condition.
The shape of the icon in the middle of the join line indicates how the tables or table-structured objects are joined. If the join clause uses an operator other than equal (=), the operator is displayed in the join line icon. The following table lists the icons that can be displayed in a join line.
Join line icon
Inner join (created using equal sign).
Inner join based on the "greater than" operator. (The operator displayed in the join line icon reflects the operator used in the join.)
Outer join in which all rows from the table represented on the left will be included, even if they do not have matches in the related table.
Outer join in which all rows from the table represented on the right will be included, even if they do not have matches in the related table.
A full outer join in which all rows from both tables will be included, even if they do not have matches in the related table.
Oracle databases do not support full outer joins.
Icons on the ends of the join line indicate the type of join. The following table lists the types of joins and the icons that can be displayed on the ends of the join line.
Icon on ends of join line
Query and View Designer cannot determine join type