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Metadata in SSMS isn't updating unless I shut it down and restart. I've tried disconnecting from the server and reconnecting while the SSMS session is active, but that isn't working.

Steps to recreate:

  1. Create a table
  2. Select something from that table
  3. SSMS displays squiggly red lines under it with the tip "invalid object name"
  4. Execute the query

How can I force the metadata to update without restarting SSMS?

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up vote 25 down vote accepted

You need to use this key combination:


Alternatively, use the menu Edit > IntelliSense > Refresh Local Cache.

This article might also be useful (for future readers who have more perplexing IntelliSense issues):

Troubleshooting IntelliSense in SQL Server Management Studio

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+1 - OP should bear in mind this runs queries which can be blocked by other DDL. – JNK May 18 '12 at 15:32
Right, I'd make sure your current query windows don't have any uncommitted DDL-related transactions, for example. :-) – Aaron Bertrand May 18 '12 at 15:33
I knew it had to be something simple. Thanks! I'll accept as answer as soon as the timer lets me. Nice link, by the way. – Head of Catering May 18 '12 at 15:35
+1 Honestly, I didn't know about this until today. I just kept ignoring this because I know for a fact the table is there. – MarlonRibunal May 18 '12 at 17:38
@AaronBertrand: It looks like this answer pushed you past 10K in points. 10K look way more impressive than 9,000 and change. Kind of like have 1 big reserve ship instead of 4 little ones in Galaga. Nice job. – Head of Catering May 18 '12 at 18:19

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