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This problem is really proving to be a tricky one (and quite annoying).

In SQL Server Management Studio 2008, up until a few days ago my IntelliSense was working great. Then all of a sudden it stopped. The icon as it as enabled on the toolbar menu, and under Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> T-SQL -> IntelliSense it says it is enabled there.

I have tried refeshing the IntelliSense cache with Ctrl-Shft-R but that doesn't work either.

Any ideas what happened to my IntelliSense and what I need to do to get it back?

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did you update your visual studio to sp1? –  Ezi Sep 25 '11 at 19:53
I added it as a answer... –  Ezi Sep 25 '11 at 19:56
SQL prompt can also be an alternative red-gate.com/products/sql-development/sql-prompt –  zameer Jun 13 '14 at 10:25

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

If you recently upgraded your VisualStudio then see this link for a fix Here

Or you could download the fix directly from here Here

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There are number of possibilities where IntelliSense not working:

There are cases where the local cache used by IntelliSense becomes stale. Refreshing the cache is easy but not necessarily obvious.

There are two ways to refresh the cache:

  1. Hit Ctrl+Shift+R
  2. Go to Edit -> IntelliSense -> Refresh Local Cache and

If IntelliSense is not working still, then make sure you have IntelliSense enabled, to check this from the T-SQL Query editor window of current database, 1. Go to Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> Transact-SQL -> General -> IntelliSense 2. Go to Query -> IntelliSense should be selected 3. Also verify that the T-SQL Editor does not launch in SQLCMD Mode, to check go to Tools -> Options -> Query Execution -> SQL Server -> General, make sure “By default, open new queries in SQLCMD mode” is unchecked. or Go to Query -> SQLCMD Mode should not be selected

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Thanks. Intellisense was buggy, ctrl+shift+r fixed my problems –  TombMedia Feb 3 at 20:14

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