I use SQL Server Mangagement Studio to examine the definition of objects in my database.

For example, to examine the definition of the table dbo.MSreplication_options in the master database, I would right-click on the table in the Object Explorer and choose 'Script Table as... > CREATE to > New Query Editor Window...'.

Lots of genericly-named query scripts. What might they contain?

As you can see from the screenshot of the current state of my Management Studio, a new tab is created for a new script called "SQLQuery9.sql", which contains the table definition.

By this time I have already examined a few other objects in this way, and have forgotten what most of the other scripts called "SQLQuery1.sql", "SQLQuery2.sql" and so on contain.

How can I configure management studio give the script a more descriptive name, perhaps containing the name of the object, like "dbo.MSreplication_options.sql", for example.

My Management Studio version is 10.0.5500.0.

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You can't.

The SSMS tab is named after the open file, not the contents of the window/file.
So if you have not saved it, it has no name to assign

  • I don't understand your second statement. The table is named by a CREATE TABLE statement. Did you mean 'tab'? Is there no way to set the pattern by which Management Studio names the new files it creates? Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 9:59
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    Nope, there's no pattern of names there. Every time is just a SQLQueryxx.sql
    – Marian
    Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 10:47
  • @isme: yes, I meant tab
    – gbn
    Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 11:24
  • My co-worker was sure this feature exists, or used to, but we couldn't find it anywhere in the options menu. Is there perhaps a plugin that provides the functionality? Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 13:42
  • @isme: no plugin that that I know of.
    – gbn
    Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 14:52

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