How to: Delete Indexes (Visual Database Tools)

Indexes can slow INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE performance. If you find that an index hinders overall performance or you no longer need it, you can delete it.

To delete an index

  1. In Object Explorer, right-click the table with indexes you want to delete and click Design.

  2. From the Table Designer menu, click Indexes/Keys.

  3. In the Indexes/Keys dialog box, select the index you want to delete.

  4. Click Delete.

    The index is deleted from the database when you save your table.


    If you delete an index in Table Designer but you do not want to delete it from the database you can close the table without saving changes. This will also discard all other changes made since the table was last saved.

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