T-SQL Tip: Highlight Code Between Any Two Parenthesis
July 12, 2012 Leave a comment
Where has this been all my working life? If you frequently find your self scouring complex (and sometimes needlessly complex) T-SQL code, simply place the cursor on the inside or outside of a parenthesis, and perform a CTRL+SHIFT+]. Sql Server Management Studio will then highlight the code for that particular SELECT block. There is some complex T-SQL out there in the wild (future consultants beware!), this will save you loads of scrolling and searching time and help you wrangle in pesky blocks of extended code.
Crunch that code!
Every weekend brings creative ideas and accidents brings best unknown secrets in front of us. Just a day while working with complex SQL Server code in SSMS I came across very interesting shortcut which I have never used before and instantly fell in love with it. It is totally possible that you are familiar with this but for me it was the first time and I was surprised that I did know know this short cut so far.
Shortcut key is CTRL+SHIFT+]. This key can be very useful when dealing with multiple subqueries, CTE or query with multiple parentheses. When exercised this shortcut key it selects T-SQL code between two parentheses.
Let us see the examples to understand the same. In each of the examples I have put the cursor at the position displayed and pressed CTRL+SHIFT+] and it has selected the code between two corresponding parentheses.
Cursor position 1
Cursor position 2
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