(Backslash) (Transact-SQL)


Applies To: SQL Server (starting with 2008)

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server (starting with 2008)noAzure SQL DatabasenoAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Breaks a long string constant into two or more lines for readability.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

<first section of string> \  
<continued section of string>  

<first section of string>
Is the start of a string.

<continued section of string>
Is the continuation of a string.

This command returns the first and continued sections of the string as one string, without the backslash.

The backslash is not a Transact-SQL statement. It is a command that is recognized by the sqlcmd and osql utilities and SQL Server Management Studio Code Editor.

The following example uses a backslash and a carriage return to split the string into two lines.

SELECT 'abc\  
def' AS ColumnResult;  

Here is the result set.




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