For the last few versions of SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio), I have noticed that IntelliSense does not contain the word distinct. Is there a way I can add this to the IntelliSense word bank?

The only instructions for configuring IntelliSense I could find had no options for adding to the word bank.

Is there an undocumented means to do this? While not critical to my productivity, it is something I would like to correct.

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    SSMS intellisense is fickle at best. There are a couple of 3rd party extensions that can significantly improve this... probably not worth the effort if you're just trying to skip the word distinct though.
    – Dave
    Jan 22, 2016 at 16:09
  • Probably right.
    – user66242
    Jan 22, 2016 at 16:11

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No, I don't believe there is any way to manipulate the IntelliSense dictionary. And you'll notice other T-SQL keywords are missing from the list, too:


UPDATE is there, but only because it is overloaded (a function you can use inside a trigger to see if a specific column was updated).

Further, I'd have to wonder what is wrong with your data model that you're typing DISTINCT enough where auto-complete will have any impact on your productivity at all. DISTINCT really should be rarely used; almost every time I see it in a query, it's being used to remove duplicates caused by bad design or bad join logic.

  • " by bad design or bad join logic" -- While I agree with you in principle, I am forced to work with the data I have, the customers I have, and the queries they are paying me to produce.
    – user66242
    Jan 22, 2016 at 18:45
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    @Rubix_Revenge Understood, but that doesn't make them not bad. Jan 22, 2016 at 18:58

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