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Options (Query Results/SQL Server/Results to Grid Page)

Updated: 5 December 2005

Use this page to specify the options for displaying a query result set in grid format. Changes to these options are applied only to new Microsoft SQL Server queries. To change the options for the current queries, click Query Options on the Query menu, or right-click in the SQL Server Query window and select Query Options. In the left pane of the Query Options dialog box, under Results, click Grid.

Include the query in the result set

Returns the text of the query as part of the query output.

Include column headers when copying or saving the results

Select this check box to include column headers when results are copied to the clipboard, or saved in a file. Clear this check box if you want saved or copied result data to have only the data and not the column headings.

Quote strings containing list separators when saving .csv results

Enclose a string that contains one or more commas with the double quotation marks. The string abc,def will be saved as "abc,def".

Discard results after execution

Discards the query results after they are displayed in the results pane of the Query window.

Display results in a separate tab

Select this check box to display the result set in a new tab, instead of at the bottom of the query document window.

Switch to results tab after the query executes

Click to automatically set the screen focus to the results pane upon execution of a query.

Maximum Characters Retrieved

Non XML data:

Enter a number from 1 through 65535 to specify the maximum number of characters that will be displayed in each cell.

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Specifying a large number of characters may cause data in the result set to appear truncated. The maximum number of characters displayed in each cell is dependent on the font size. When large result sets are returned, a high value in this box can cause SQL Server Management Studio to run low on memory and hinder system performance.

XML data:

Select 1 MB, 2 MB, or 5 MB. Select Unlimited to retrieve all characters.

Reset to Default

Resets all values on this page to the original default values.

Release History

5 December 2005

Changed content:
  • Improved the description of the column header section.
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