Product articles SQL Prompt SQL Refactoring
3 Results Grid features SQL Prompt…

3 Results Grid features SQL Prompt brings to SSMS

Guest post

This is a guest post from Cathrine Wilhelmsen. Cathrine is a Friend of Redgate and Microsoft Data Platform MVP, working as a Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence consultant.

She loves teaching and sharing knowledge, and is active in the SQL Server and PASS communities as an author, speaker, blogger, organizer and chronic volunteer.

She can be found on Twitter and she regularly blogs about technology issues.

You may not have heard about it yet, but three helpful features were recently added to SQL Prompt that are activated when you right-click on the Results Grid in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

1. Copy as IN clause

This feature is available when you have values from a single column selected. You can select the entire column, parts of the column, or even single values in the column. Right-click and select Copy as IN clause.

The values you selected will be formatted as a list that you can paste into a query:

SSMS Results Grid 1

This is useful for tasks such as checking the existence of certain rows, from their key values, in another copy of the same table (e.g. the same table on two different servers). For more details, see:

2. Script as INSERT

When you select the entire grid, adjacent rows, adjacent columns, a single cell, or a block of cells, this second feature is now available. Simply right-click and select Script as INSERT.

A new tab is automatically created with a script containing the values you selected. This script creates a temp table with the column names and data types from the original query. It inserts the selected values and drops the temp table. This is such a time-saver for me, even if I only need the INSERT part of the script.

SSMS Results Grid 2

For further details, see:

3. Open in Excel

When you select the entire grid, adjacent rows, adjacent columns, a single cell, or a block of cells you can also right-click and select Open in Excel.

This opens a new Excel file with the selected values and column names in the first row. This is perfect for when I quickly need to send some data to our business users:

SSMS Results Grid 3

For further details:

Now watch the video

If you’d like to see a demo of the new features in action, watch this short video:

Bonus tip

If you don’t like the way the auto-generated code looks, by the way, you can also use the new SQL Prompt formatting options to make it more attractive or better fit the style your team uses.

If you’re not a SQL Prompt user, download a free trial and see how much more productive you can be writing code every day.

Like this? Share it with other SQL professionals using the social sharing buttons below. Simply tweet: I’ve just read @cathrinew’s blog on 3 useful Results Grid features in #SQLPrompt – see the #SuperSQLTip at

Tools in this post

SQL Prompt

Write, format, and refactor SQL effortlessly

Find out more