SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

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SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an integrated environment for managing any SQL infrastructure. Use SSMS to access, configure, manage, administer, and develop all components of SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and SQL Data Warehouse. SSMS provides a single comprehensive utility that combines a broad group of graphical tools with a number of rich script editors to provide access to SQL Server for developers and database administrators of all skill levels.

SQL Server Management Studio components

Description Component
Use Object Explorer to view and manage all of the objects in one or more instances of SQL Server. Object Explorer
How to use Template Explorer to build and manage files of boilerplate text that can be used to speed the development of queries and scripts. Template Explorer
How to use the deprecated Solution Explorer to build projects used to manage administration items such as scripts and queries. Solution Explorer
How to use the visual design tools included in Management Studio. Visual Database Tools
How to use the Management Studio language editors to interactively build and debug queries and scripts. Query and Text Editors (SQL Server Management Studio)

Next steps

Tutorial: SQL Server Management Studio
Tutorial: Writing Transact-SQL Statements