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Is it possible to configure SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). so that the dialog box shown above does not appear when I close an unsaved query window?


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In SQL Server 2016 this is apparently coming.

The pre-release docs says

New option to skip prompt to save T-SQL files We have added a new option under "Tools|Options|Query Execution|SQL Server" to control if a prompt is shown for unsaved T-SQL files.

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In previous versions there is no setting to suppress this warning.

A connect item was raised about this by Erland Sommarskog and closed as won't fix with the explanation.

Hello Erland -

I did a review with some of the other product teams and to stay consistent within our guidelines we're not going to be able to do this. Excel, Visual Studio and other products won't let you save with changed content, so we have to pop the message.


Buck Woody, SQL Server Program Manager

The Connect page is returning an error at the moment so here is a cached copy of it.

  • Another attempt to get this solved is at connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/308372/…
    – Twinkles
    Commented May 15, 2014 at 15:37
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    I can confirm that this is option has indeed been added to SSMS 2016. Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 18:39
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    Re: "stay consistent within our guidelines"... the problem with this response is, those guidelines are for documents, and we're not dealing with documents here. At least, query tabs conflate document and non-document use cases into one. Visual Studio will indeed let you close changed content without saving - in the watch / immediate panes. And that's the closest equivalent of how most people use the query tabs. I'm glad they're finally adding the option in SSMS 2016, but the correct fix would be to have the UI explicitly make the distinction between document and non-document modes.
    – PJ7
    Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 14:05
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    this option doesn't seem to do anything anymore
    – johnDanger
    Commented Mar 11, 2020 at 21:04
  • Just tried it. The option exists in v18.10 but doesn't do anything
    – wischi
    Commented Jan 21, 2022 at 11:30

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