The SQL Server Management Studio Environment

Applies to: yesSQL Server (all supported versions) YesAzure SQL Database YesAzure SQL Managed Instance yesAzure Synapse Analytics yesParallel Data Warehouse

SQL Server Management Studio provides a rich environment for managing and developing queries in SQL Server.


Conflicts with graphics drivers have been found to cause issues in the SQL Server Management Studio rendering process and as such hardware graphics acceleration is disabled by default. If you experience rendering or other visual problems in the SSMS interface, please verify "Use hardware graphics acceleration if available" is unchecked in Tools>Options.

In This Section

General User Interface Elements
Outline general features of the user interface, such as Solution Explorer, Object Explorer, the Properties window, and the integrated Web browser.

Solution Explorer
Introduces Solution Explorer, which provides you with an organized view of your projects and their files as well as ready access to commands for managing them.

Solution Explorer Source Control
Describes how SQL Server Management Studio integrates with source control products.