How to Change the Default Value of Select Top Rows in SQL Server Management Studio

In SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), the quickest way to open or edit a database table’s content is by right clicking on the table and choosing Edit / Select.  But, how many of you are aware that SQL Server Management Studio’s settings allows you to change the default value?

One of the main reasons this setting was added to SQL Server Management Studio is to prevent unresponsiveness of the system if the table consists of large amount of data.

By default in SSMS, you can select 1000 Rows and Edit 200 Rows.

If you would like to change the default value then go to SSMS > Tools > Options:

In the Options dialog box, highlight SQL Server Object Explorer and change the default values to any number as per your requirements.

In this example, we are changing the value to “2000”.

Press OK.

After saving the changes, go ahead and right click on your database table.  You should see the new value as shown below:


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