SQL Server Management Studio returns results in Grid View, Text View and to the file. When we copy results from Grid View to Excel there is a common complaint that the column header displayed in resultset is not copied to the Excel. I often spend time in performance tuning databases and I run many DMV’s in SSMS to get a quick view of the server. In my case it is almost certain that I need all the time column headers when I copy my data to excel or any other place.
SQL Server Management Studio have two different ways to do this.
Method 1: Ad-hoc
When result is rendered you can right click on the resultset and click on Copy Header. This will copy the headers along with the resultset. Additionally, you can use the shortcut key CTRL+SHIFT+C for coping column headers along with the resultset.
Method 2: Option Setting at SSMS level
This is SSMS level settings and I kept this option always selected as I often need the column headers when I select the resultset.
Go Tools >> Options >> Query Results >> SQL Server >> Results to Grid >> Check the Box “Include column header when copying or saving the results.”
Both of the methods are discussed in following SQL in Sixty Seconds Video.
Here is the code used in the video.
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Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)