Change in SQL 2012 SSMS grid output behavior

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October 28, 2013 by Kenneth Fisher

It’s one of those things that always aggravated me but not really enough to complain about. When you run a query to grid in SSMS then copy and paste the value to a query window it stripped the carriage return/line feed.

-- Setup code
CREATE TABLE GridTest (String varchar(50))
GO

INSERT INTO GridTest VALUES ('Line
Broken
In
String'), 
('Line'+char(13)+'Broken'+char(13)+'With'+char(13)+'char(13)'),
('Line'+char(10)+'Broken'+char(10)+'With'+char(10)+'char(10)')
GO

Note that I’m testing with a string broken up by hitting enter, a string where I manually add char(13) and a string where I manually add char(10).

Run a SELECT * to a grid output.

Change in SQL 2012 SSMS grid output behavior

In SSMS 2008 R2 (and prior) when I copy the values and paste them into a query window (or notepad etc) and I get this:

Line  Broken  In  String
Line Broken With char(13)
Line Broken With char(10)

Not a big deal you might say, but when you are looking at sys.sql_modules or sys.dm_exec_query_text and copy and paste out code for a stored procedure, a view or even a relatively simple query it can be very aggravating.

Well when I copy and paste out of SSMS for SQL 2012 I get this.

Line
Broken
In
String
Line
Broken
With
char(13)
Line
Broken
With
char(10)

Woo hoo! All three of them display the carriage returns and line feeds. It may be a minor change but you have no idea how much I appreciate it. I should probably note that when I tried it by adding a CHAR(13) and a CHAR(10) I got the following (which is also rather aggravating but over all I think I’m still happier).

Line

Broken

With

char(13)

and

char(10)

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