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SQL Server 2008 – Change Edit Top 200 Rows and Select Top 1000 Rows to Select/Edit All

Have you noticed the Context Menu , when you right click on the table in the SQL Server Management Studio Express 2008 .

The SQL Server Management Studio Express 2005 allows us to “Edit” or “View” the entire records in a table.

You might see the following options in the SQL Server Management Studio Express 2008 .

1. Select Top 1000 Rows

2. Edit Top 200 Rows

The idea to include this looks good for performance reasons .But what if you are a person like me who wants want to display all the records .

In SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express , you can change the default settings thats allows to edit more than the 200 rows at a time, or select more than 1000 rows

To modify the “Edit Top 200 Rows” or “Select Top 1000 Rows” setttings do the following:

  • Run the SQL Management Studio Express 2008
  • Click the Tools -> Options
  • Select SQL Server Object Explorer . Now you should be able to see the options
  • Value for Edit Top Rows Command
  • Value for Select Top Rows Command

4. Give the Values 0 here to select/ Edit all the Records

5. Now you should see the Edit All and Select All options on the table .

Senthil Kumar B
Senthil Kumar is a former Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). He is a Co-Author of the book "Windows 10 Development Recipes using JavaScript and CSS" for Apress Publication. He is a technical presenter, blogger, mentor and a Geek.  Senthil is a regular speaker is various local user groups. He has presented at conferences like Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS) & Microsoft DevCamps. You can reach out to him via his Twitter handle @isenthil.