SQL Server Management Studio keyboard shortcuts

Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions) Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance Azure Synapse Analytics Analytics Platform System (PDW)

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) offers keyboard shortcuts. By default, it uses the SQL Server scheme, with keyboard shortcuts based on Visual Studio. To change the keyboard scheme or add more keyboard shortcuts, on the Tools menu, select Options. Select the desired keyboard scheme on the Environment, Keyboard page.

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Action Shortcut
Move to the SQL Server Management Studio menu bar ALT
Activate the menu for a tool component ALT+HYPHEN
Display the context menu SHIFT+F10
Display the New File dialog box to create a file CTRL+N
Display the New Project dialog box to create a new project CTRL+SHIFT+N
Display the Open File dialog box to open an existing file CTRL+O

or

CTRL+SHIFT+G
Display the Open Project dialog box to open an existing project CTRL+SHIFT+O
Display the Add New Item dialog box to add a new file to the current project CTRL+SHIFT+A
Display the Add Existing Item dialog box to add an existing file to the current project SHIFT+ALT+A
Display the Query Designer CTRL+SHIFT+Q
Close a menu or dialog box, canceling the action ESC

Windows Management and Toolbar keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Close the current MDI child window CTRL+F4
Close a menu or dialog box, cancels an operation in progress, or focuses on the current document window ESC
Print CTRL+P
Exit ALT+F4
Toggle full screen mode SHIFT+ALT+ENTER
Close the current tool window SHIFT+ESC
Cycle through the next MDI child windows CTRL+F6
Display the IDE navigator with the first document window selected CTRL+TAB
Cycle through the previous MDI child windows CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Moves the insertion point to the drop-down bar located at the top of the code editor when the editor is in Code view or Server Code view CTRL+F2
Move to the current tool window toolbar SHIFT+ALT
Display the IDE navigator with the first tool window selected ALT+F7
Move to the next tool window ALT+F6

or

F6 in the Database Engine Query Editor
Move to the previous tool window SHIFT+ALT+F7
Move to the next pane of a split pane view of a single document F6
Move to the previously selected window SHIFT+ALT+F6

or

SHIFT+F6 in the Database Engine Query Editor
Move to the previous pane of a split pane view of a single document SHIFT+F6
Display the dock menu ALT+MINUS SIGN (-)
Display a popup listing all open windows CTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROW
Opens a new query editor window CTRL+O
Display Object Explorer F8
Display Registered Servers CTRL+ALT+G
Display Template Explorer CTRL+ALT+T
Display Solution Explorer CTRL+ALT+L
Display the Summary Window F7
Display the Properties Window F4
Display the Output window CTRL+ALT+O
Display the Task List window CTRL+\, T

or

CTRL+\, CTRL+T
Toggle between Object Explorer Details list view and Object Explorer Details property pane. F6
Control the splitter bar that separates the Object Explorer Details list view and Object Explorer Details property pane to adjust the size of the display pane. TAB, then UP arrow or DOWN arrow
Display the Toolbox CTRL+ALT+X
Display the Bookmarks Window CTRL+K, CTRL+W
Display the Browser Window CTRL+ALT+R
Display a smart tag menu of common commands for Web server controls in the HTML designer SHIFT+ALT+F10
Display the Error List Window (Transact-SQL Editor only) CRTL+\, CTRL+E

or

CTRL+\, E
Move to the next entry in the Error List window (Transact-SQL Editor only) CTRL+SHIFT+F12
Display the previous page in the viewing history. Available only in the Web browser window ALT+LEFT ARROW
Display the next page in the viewing history. Available only in the Web browser window ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Cursor Movement keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Move the cursor left LEFT ARROW
Move the cursor right RIGHT ARROW
Move up the cursor UP ARROW
Move the cursor down DOWN ARROW
Move the cursor to the beginning of the line HOME
Move the cursor to the end of the line END
Move the cursor to the beginning of the document CTRL+HOME
Move the cursor to the end of the document CTRL+END
Move up the cursor one screen PAGE UP
Move the cursor down one screen PAGE DOWN
Moves the cursor one word to the right CTRL+ RIGHT ARROW
Moves the cursor one word to the left CTRL+ LEFT ARROW
Returns the cursor to the last item. SHIFT+F8
Moves the cursor to the top of the document CTRL+PAGE UP
Moves to the previous tab in the document CTRL+PAGE UP
Moves the cursor to the bottom of the document CTRL+PAGE DOWN
Moves to the next tab in the document CTRL+PAGE DOWN

Text Selection keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Select text from the cursor to the beginning of the document CTRL+SHIFT+ HOME
Select text from the cursor to the end of the document CTRL+SHIFT+END
Select text from the cursor to the start of the current line SHIFT+HOME
Moves the cursor to the start of the current line and extends the column selection SHIFT+ALT+HOME
Select text from the cursor to the end of the current line SHIFT+END
Moves the cursor to the end of the line, extending the column selection. SHIFT+ALT+END
Select text down line by line starting from the cursor SHIFT+ DOWN ARROW
Moves the cursor down one line, extending the column selection SHIFT+ Ctrl+Shift+Del
Moves the cursor one character to the left and extends the selection SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Moves the cursor one character to the left and extends the column selection SHIFT+ALT+LEFT ARROW
Moves the cursor one character to the right and extends the selection SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Moves the cursor one character to the right and extends the column selection SHIFT+ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Select text up line by line starting from the cursor SHIFT+UP ARROW
Move up the cursor one line, extending the selection SHIFT+ALT+ UP ARROW
Extend selection up one page SHIFT+ PAGE UP
Extend selection down one page SHIFT+ PAGE DOWN
Select the entire current document CTRL+A
Select the word containing the cursor, or the closest word CTRL+W
Select the current location in the editor, back to the previous location in the editor CTRL+=
Extend the selection to the top of the current window CTRL+SHIFT+ PAGE UP
Move the cursor to the last line in view, extending the selection CTRL+SHIFT+ PAGE DOWN
Extend the selection one word to the right CTRL+SHIFT+ RIGHT ARROW
Extend the selection one word to the left CTRL+SHIFT+ LEFT ARROW
Move the cursor to the right one word, extending the selection CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+ RIGHT ARROW
Move the cursor to the left one word, extending the selection CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+ LEFT ARROW
Move the cursor to the next brace, extending the selection CTRL+SHIFT+]
Select the text from the current location of the cursor to the Navigate Backward (CTRL+MINUS SIGN (-)) location CTRL+EQUAL SIGN (=)
Go back to the previous document or window in the navigation history CTRL+MINUS SIGN (-)
Go forward to the next document or window in the navigation history CTRL+SHIFT+MINUS SIGN (-)
Swaps the anchor and end points of the current selection CTRL+K, CTRL+A
Moves the cursor to the first line in view, extending the selection CTRL+SHIFT+PAGE UP
Moves the cursor to the last line in view, extending the selection CTRL+SHIFT+PAGE DOWN

Bookmark keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Set or remove a bookmark at the current line CTRL+K, CTRL+K
Next bookmark CTRL+K, CTRL+N
If the current bookmark is in a folder, moves to the next bookmark in the folder. Bookmarks outside the folder are skipped.

If the bookmark isn't in a folder, moves to the next bookmark at the same level.

If the Bookmarks window contains folder, bookmarks in folders are skipped.
CTRL+SHIFT+K, CTRL+SHIFT+N
Previous bookmark CTRL+K, CTRL+P
If the current bookmark is in a folder, moves to the next bookmark in the folder. Bookmarks outside the folder are skipped.

If the bookmark isn't in a folder, moves to the next bookmark at the same level.

If the Bookmarks window contains folder, bookmarks in folders are skipped.
CTRL+SHIFT+K, CTRL+SHIFT+P
Clear bookmarks CTRL+K, CTRL+L

Tree Control keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Collapse tree nodes - (on the numeric keypad)
Expand all tree nodes * (on the numeric keypad)
Scroll up the tree control in the window CTRL+UP ARROW
Scroll the tree control down in the window CTRL+DOWN ARROW

Code Editor keyboard shortcuts

All shortcuts aren't implemented in all types of code editors.

Action Shortcut
Toggle the full-screen display SHIFT+ALT+ENTER
Scroll text up one line CTRL+UP ARROW
Scroll text down one line CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Reverse the last editing action CTRL+Z

or

ALT+BACKSPACE
Restore the previously undone edit CTRL+SHIFT+Z

or

CTRL+Y

or

ALT+SHIFT+BACKSPACE
Save the selected item CTRL+S
Save all CTRL+SHIFT+S
Close CTRL+F4
Print CTRL+P
Exit ALT+F4
Open the current file in a browser CTRL+SHIFT+W
Delete all text in the current file CTRL+SHIFT+DEL
Display the Go To Line dialog box CTRL+G
Display the Navigate To dialog box. CTRL+PLUS SIGN (+)
Increase line indent TAB
Decrease line indent SHIFT+TAB
Make the selected text upper case CTRL+SHIFT+U
Make the selected text lower case CTRL+U
Make the selected text a comment CTRL+K, CTRL+C
Uncomment the selected text CTRL+K, CTRL + U
Open a new query with current connection CTRL+N
Open database in Object Explorer ALT+F8
Specify values for template parameters CTRL+SHIFT+M
Run the selected portion of the query editor or the entire query editor if nothing is selected F5

or

CTRL+SHIFT+E
Parse the selected portion of the query editor or the entire query editor if nothing is selected CTRL+F5
Display the estimated execution plan CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+L
Cancel the executing query ALT+BREAK
Include actual execution plan in the query output CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+M
Output results in a grid CTRL+SHIFT+D
Output results in text format CTRL+T
Output results to a file CTRL+SHIFT+T
Show or hide the query results pane CTRL+R
Show the query results pane CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+R
Toggle between query and results pane F6
Copy the result grid and headers to the clipboard CTRL+SHIFT+C
Move to the next active window in SSMS ALT+F6
Open SQL Server Profiler CTRL+ALT+P
Display the Query Designer dialog from the query editor window CTRL+SHIFT+Q
Run the sp_help system stored procedure ALT+F1
Run the sp_who system stored procedure CTRL+1
Run the sp_lock system stored procedure CTRL+2
Run the stored procedure configured for this shortcut in the Tools, Options, Keyboard, Query Shortcuts dialog CTRL+3
Run the stored procedure configured for this shortcut in the Tools, Options, Keyboard, Query Shortcuts dialog CTRL+4
Run the stored procedure configured for this shortcut in the Tools, Options, Keyboard, Query Shortcuts dialog CTRL+5
Run the stored procedure configured for this shortcut in the Tools, Options, Keyboard, Query Shortcuts dialog CTRL+6
Run the stored procedure configured for this shortcut in the Tools, Options, Keyboard, Query Shortcuts dialog CTRL+7
Run the stored procedure configured for this shortcut in the Tools, Options, Keyboard, Query Shortcuts dialog CTRL+7
Run the stored procedure configured for this shortcut in the Tools, Options, Keyboard, Query Shortcuts dialog CTRL+8
Run the stored procedure configured for this shortcut in the Tools, Options, Keyboard, Query Shortcuts dialog CTRL+9
Run the stored procedure configured for this shortcut in the Tools, Options, Keyboard, Query Shortcuts dialog CTRL+0

Text Manipulation in Code Editor keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Insert a new line ENTER or SHIFT+ENTER
Swap the characters on either side of the cursor (doesn't apply to the SQL Editor.) CTRL+T
Delete one character to the right of the cursor DELETE
Delete one character to the left of the cursor BACKSPACE

or

SHIFT+

BACKSPACE
Delete whitespace in the selection, or deletes whitespace next to the cursor if there is no selection CTRL+K, C
Insert the number of spaces configured for the editor TAB
Insert a blank line above the cursor CTRL+ENTER
Insert a blank line below the cursor CTRL+SHIFT+ ENTER
Change the selected text to lowercase CTRL+SHIFT+L
Change the selected text to uppercase CTRL+SHIFT+U
Toggle between insert mode and overtype mode INSERT
Move selected lines to the left on tab stop SHIFT+TAB
Delete the word to the right of the cursor CTRL+DELETE
Delete the word to the left of the cursor CTRL+BACKSPACE
Transpose the words on either side of the cursor (doesn't apply to the SQL Editor.)
Moves the line containing the cursor below the next line SHIFT+ALT+T
Applies the indenting and space formatting for the language specified on the Formatting pane of the language in the Text Editor section of the Options dialog. Available only in the text editor. CTRL+K, CTRL+D
Correctly indents the selected lines of code based on the surrounding lines of code CTRL+K, CTRL+F
Set or remove a shortcut in the current line CTRL+K, CTRL+H
Remove the comment syntax from the current line CTRL+K, CTRL+U
Shows or hides spaces and tabs CTRL+R, CTRL+W
Enables or disables word wrap in an editor Alt+F, CTRL+W
Collapses all outlining regions to show just the outermost groups in the hierarchy CTRL+M, CTRL+A
Collapses the currently selected outlining region CTRL+M, CTRL+S
Expands all outlining regions on the page CTRL+M, CTRL+X
Expands the currently selected outlining region CTRL+M, CTRL+E
Collapses existing outlining regions CTRL+M, CTRL+O
Hides the selected text. A signal icon marks the location of the hidden text CTRL+M, CTRL+H
Toggles all text sections previously marked as hidden between the hidden and display states. CTRL+M, CTRL+L
Toggles the currently selected hidden text section between the hidden and display states CTRL+M, CTRL+M
Removes all outlining information in the document CTRL+M, CTRL+P
Removes the outlining information for the currently selected region CTRL+M, CTRL+U

Microsoft IntelliSense keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
List members CTRL+J
Complete word CTRL+SPACE

or

ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Display quick information CTRL+K, CTRL+I
Display parameter information CTRL+SHIFT+SPACE
Copy parameter tip CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+C
Paste parameter tip CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+P
Jump between syntax pairs CTRL+]
Launch code snippet picker CTRL+K, CTRL+X
Refresh local cache CTRL+SHIFT+R
Launch Surround With snippet picker CTRL+K, CTRL+S
Display the Code Snippet Manager CTRL+K, CTRL+B
Changes the IntelliSense filter level from the Common tab to the All tab. ALT+PLUS SIGN (+)
Changes the IntelliSense filter level from the All tab to the Common tab. ALT+PERIOD (.)

Document Window and Browser keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Toggle full-screen mode SHIFT+ALT+ENTER
Move to the next pane of a split pane view of a document F6
Move to the previous document in the editor or designer CTRL+SHIFT+F6

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move to the previous pane of a document in split pane view SHIFT+F6
Back, display the previous page in the viewing history ALT+LEFTARROW
Forward, display the next page in the viewing history ALT+RIGHTARROW
Closes a menu or dialog box, cancels an operation in progress, or places focus in the current window ESC

Solution Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Display Solution Explorer CTRL+ALT+L
Display the New File dialog box to create a new file CTRL+N
Display the New Project dialog box to create a new project CTRL+SHIFT+N
Display the Open File dialog box to open an existing file CTRL+O
Change the name of the selected object F2

Help and Books Online keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Help F1

or

SHIFT+F1
Display SQL Server Books Online CTRL+F1
Open the Help Library Manager CTRL+ALT+F1
Display the SQL Server Resource Center Web page CTRL+ALT+F2
Display help for the current editor window SHIFT+F1

Search keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Display the Find dialog box CTRL+F
Displays the definition for the selected symbol. F12
Displays the list of references for the selected symbol. SHIFT+F12
Display the Replace dialog box CTRL+H
Start incremental search. Type the characters to search for or press CTRL+I to search for characters from the previous search CTRL+I
Find the next occurrence of the previous search text F3
Find the previous occurrence of the search text SHIFT+F3
Find the next occurrence of the currently selected text CTRL+F3
Find the previous occurrence of the currently selected text CTRL+SHIFT+F3
Display the Replace in Files dialog box CTRL+SHIFT+H
Reverse incremental search so it starts at the bottom of the file and searches to the top CTRL+SHIFT+I
Select or clear the Search up option in Find and Replace ALT+F3, B
Stop the Find in Files search ALT+F3, S
Select or clear the Find whole word option in Find and Replace ALT+F3, W
Selects or clears the Wildcard option in Find and Replace ALT+F3, P
Place the caret in the Find/Command box of the Standard toolbar CTRL+/

Cut and Paste keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Cut (delete the currently selected item and place it to the Clipboard) CTRL+X
Cuts all of the selected lines, or the current line if nothing is selected. CTRL+L

or

CTRL+SHIFT+L
Copy to the Clipboard CTRL+C

or

CTRL+INSERT
Paste from the Clipboard at the insertion point CTRL+V

or

SHIFT+INSERT
Pastes an item from the Clipboard Ring at the insertion point and automatically selects the pasted item CTRL+SHIFT+V

Activity Monitor keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Launches Activity Monitor CTRL+ALT+A
Closes Activity Monitor CTRL+F4
Refresh F5
Filter the monitor display CTRL+SHIFT+F
Cycle through panels F6
Expand or collapse selected pane CTRL and + or -
Expand or collapse all panes + or -
Copies entire selected row in grid CTRL+C
Copy cell CTRL+SHIFT+C
Drop down for filtering in grid ALT+DOWN
Scroll up or down Activity Monitor CTRL+ALT+UP/DOWN

Replication Monitor keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Refresh F5
Open a detail window from a grid ENTER

Replication Conflict Viewer keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Define filter F6
Apply filter F7
Show all columns F8

Query Designer keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Cancels or stops the currently running query CTRL+T
Displays the diagram pane of the Query Designer CTRL+1
Displays the criteria pane of the Query Designer CTRL+2
Displays the SQL pane of the Query Designer CTRL+3
Displays the results pane of the Query Designer CTRL+4
Run the query specified in the Query Designer CTRL+R
When in the results pane, moves focus to the tool strip docked at the bottom of the designer CTRL+G
Enables JOIN mode in the Query Designer CTRL+SHIFT+J

Designer keyboard shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Move the selected control down in increments of 8 on the design surface DOWN ARROW
Move the selected control left in increments of 8 on the design surface LEFT ARROW
Move the selected control right in increments of 8 on the design surface RIGHT ARROW
Move up the selected control in increments of 8 on the design surface UP ARROW
Increases the height of the selected control in increments of 8 SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
Reduces the width of the selected control in increments of 8 SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Increases the width of the selected control in increments of 8 SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Decreases the height of the selected control in increments of 8 SHIFT+UP ARROW
Moves to the next control on the page TAB
Moves to the previous control on the page SHIFT+TAB
Display the grid on the design surface ENTER

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