#0173-SQL Server-SSMS-Productivity improvement feature-Open new queries in SQLCMD mode


Most of our deployment queries (including the build & deployment output) from the Visual Studio 2010 database solution (SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for SQL 2012 Denali) generate their output in SQL queries designed to be executed under the CMD mode. Many of our pre-designed debugging scripts are also written to be executed in the SQLCMD mode.


(*If you are new to SQLCMD mode, you may want to explore my post: http://beyondrelational.com/modules/2/blogs/77/posts/11317/sqlcmd-mode-in-ssms-final-part-in-the-series-underappreciated-features-of-microsoft-sql-server.aspx)


To simply the day and to save a couple of steps of going to the Query menu and choosing the SQLCMD mode, the SSMS on the each team members’ workstation has the “Open new queries in SQLCMD mode” switch set by default. To the best of my knowledge, this feature is available from SSMS for SQL 2008 and above (I have not checked SSMS for SQL Server 2005). Once set, any new query editor window that opens (after restarting SSMS) will open in the SQLCMD mode.


To set this switch, one needs to follow the following simple steps:



  1. Launch SSMS
  2. Go to Tools –> Options
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  4. Navigate out to the options for “Query Execution”
  5. Check the switch “Open new queries in SQLCMD mode”
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  7. Click OK
  8. Exit out of SSMS

If you use SQLCMD mode a lot, I recommend that you keep this switch checked in your environment too.


Until we meet next time,


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