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delete a column from a table in SQL

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I don't remember the SQL syntax for delete a column !
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There is NO SQL syntax to delete a column from SQL Server table. The only way to do it is:
1. Rename Table
2.  Create new table with one column less
3. Insert data from renamed table into new table
4 Drop renamed table.
use IDENTITY_INSERT  ON/OFF if you inserting data into table with IDENITY column
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40 points because your response arrived fast !
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by:josephfluckiger
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this appears to no longer be the case. Using Microsoft SQL server 2000. This statement worked for me:

ALTER TABLE MyTable DROP MyColumn
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by:arbert
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I like it when people accept stupid answers....
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:)
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by:JohnDesautels
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joseph,

Your syntax didn't work for me.

I needed to use DROP COLUMN vs just DROP:

ALTER TABLE MyTable DROP COLUMN MyColumn

I found it at:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Databases/Microsoft_SQL_Server/Q_21127678.html?query=delete+column+from+table&topics=42 

John
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