Options (Query Results/SQL Server/Results to Grid Page)

Use this page to specify the options for displaying a query result set in grid format. Changes to these options are applied only to new Microsoft SQL Server queries. To change the options for the current queries, click Query Options on the Query menu, or right-click in the SQL Server Query window and select Query Options. In the left pane of the Query Options dialog box, under Results, click Grid.

  • Include the query in the result set
    Returns the text of the query as part of the query output.

  • Include column headers when copying or saving the results
    Select this check box to include column headers when results are copied to the clipboard, or saved in a file. Clear this check box if you want saved or copied result data to have only the data and not the column headings.

  • Discard results after execution
    Prevents query results from being displayed in the reviewing pane. The results are discarded immediately after execution. Specifying this option helps save memory.

  • Display results in a separate tab
    Select this check box to display the result set in a new tab, instead of at the bottom of the query document window.

  • Switch to results tab after the query executes
    Click to automatically set the screen focus to the results pane upon execution of a query.

  • Maximum Characters Retrieved
    Non XML data:

    Enter a number from 1 through 65535 to specify the maximum number of characters that will be displayed in each cell.


    Specifying a large number of characters may cause data in the result set to appear truncated. The maximum number of characters displayed in each cell is dependent on the font size. When large result sets are returned, a high value in this box can cause SQL Server Management Studio to run low on memory and hinder system performance.

    XML data:

    Select 1 MB, 2 MB, or 5 MB. Select Unlimited to retrieve all characters.

  • Reset to Default
    Resets all values on this page to the original default values.