In my work with external customers, I collaborate with some excellent DBAs & Architects. But I've noticed many of them are not aware that you can capture column headers from query results to grid in SSMS.
When a very bright engineer I work with—not a SQL SME yet one of the smartest guys I know—told me he didn't know about it either, I decided to document the simple protocol. I'm not the first person to post this topic, but I wouldn't need to do so if everyone already knew about it.
There are two ways to get the column headers from SSMS into, say, Excel.
The Hard Way
You can simply type out the column names by hand.
The Right Way
Make it the SSMS default:
- Open SSMS
- Click Tools > Options
- In the Options dialog, expand Query Results > SQL Server > Results to Grid, then check “Include column headers when copying or saving the results”
- Click OK
- Close & restart SSMS
As my friend the cellist says, "Viola!"
The steps are the same for SQL Server 2005 & 2008.
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Jimmy May, MCDBA, MCSE, MCITP: DBA + DB Dev | Senior Performance Consultant: SQL Server
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