Quick SSMS Tip

In this article, you will learn a Quick SSMS Tip.

It is widely known that I am a horrible speller and hate to type code. I tend to use a lot of code snippets and reuse code to avoid writing it. So, when I find little tips that make coding easier for me, I like to share.
 
Did you know that you can surround your code with a click of a button with IF, BEGIN END, WHILE code blocks? SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) gives us the basic structure of a Transact-SQL statement code block as a starting point.
 
Take a Look In SSMS
 
In a query window, right Click and choose Surround With (note the hot keys of Ctrl+K or Ctrl+S)
 
Quick SSMS Tip 
 
It will bring up a code “window” where you can choose which code block you want to add.
 
Quick SSMS Tip 
 
Here is what you get when you choose each one.
 
Quick SSMS Tip 
 
I am not sure if this has always been here or if it’s a recent addition that I just stumbled onto. Regardless, this feature along with the full list of code snippets, as well as some custom ones I’ve utilized over the years definitely come in handy. You can find more on code snippets inside management studio here.