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In a SQL Server 2012 database, I have a log table where I log SQL queries executed by a VB.NET application.

The field is defined as nvarchar(MAX)

In Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, when I go to the table and do "Edit All Rows", on one line I see spaces in the end of the text ScreenShot 1

But when I enter my cursor in the line to edit it (not touching anything, before I even start editing), the spaces disappear (along with the trailing quote)  Screenshot 2

And when I go to New Query and execute the same query

SELECT LOGID, LogDate, SqlLog 
WHERE (LOGID = 1604))

I get the result without the spaces and the trailing quote:

Screenshot 3

So my guess is that there are special characters in the data (line breaks, tabs or something like that), but how can I find out for sure and know what they are?

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If you're only looking at a single row, try a query window with results to text instead of results to grid. – Aaron Bertrand Dec 19 '13 at 19:14
Results to text was giving me the same result as Results to Grid – JF Menard Dec 20 '13 at 15:17
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Have a look at the answer in following post: (the one with pictures).

You need "copy current cell 1:1", or you can use notepad++ as visualizer:

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I tried it and it fact I was able to find what I was looking for by using "open cell contents in external text editor (notepad++ or notepad) using "Cell visualizers" feature". Notepad++ shows "NUL" characters where the text cuts in the results grid/text – JF Menard Dec 20 '13 at 15:19
Yepp ! You can even use hex editor (or Hex plugin for notepad++) to see all data as HEX. Happy that it helped ! Read full features list and I am sure this will be not the only feature you will like ;) – Andrei Rantsevich Dec 20 '13 at 16:09

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