SSMS Tips: Templates and Control+Shift+M

Templates are extremely handy for tasks that you need to do repeatedly, but with different parameter values. The coolest part is that once you get the hang of them, you can create your own custom templates.

Whether or not you’re using a template, always make sure that you’re connected to the right server before you hit execute. Don’t ask me how I know to mention that reminder ;)

Here’s a demo of how to use a simple template. Use the keyboard shortcut Control+Shift+M to open the template parameter editor.

The mnemonic I use to remember the shortcut is “Control and Shift Microsoft!”