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Retrieve Column name in SQL

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Dear Experts,
   I have a database and I don't know what the column names are.  Using SQL in Excel 97, what command(s) do I use to retrieve the name of Column 1 or Column 5?  Also, what command(s) do I use to retrienve the number of columns exist in a database?  Thanks in advance for your help.
   - Charles
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try the query:

DESCRIBE tblname
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by:prasannaa
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If your using Oracle use the describe command
SYNTAx
desc[ribe] tableName

If you are using u can use sp_help stored procedure

SYNTAX

sp_help table_name
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by:charlesn
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Thanks for your suggestion; however it didn't work.  Instead a colleague suggested that I try this (which worked):
SELECT * FROM AnyDatabase

Thanks, again.
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