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keyboard shortcut for timestamp

Posted on 2004-08-20
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hi all-

in enterprise mngr- you can hit ctrl+(somekey) to insert a null value

is there a key combo for timestamp?

thanks,
duncan
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by:osullil
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To enter a value of NULL in Enterprise Manager use Ctrl+0.  

If you want to a timestamp to be entered automatically in a column when a new row is entered without having to enter a value then you can set the default value for the column to getDate() in table design view.
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by:owlsey
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ok- but is there  a key combo like ctrl+0?
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by:osullil
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Not that I know of, although I am open to correction.

The default value will work for all new entries, and an update query can be used to update the existing values along the lines of:
UPDATE Table
SET ColumnName=getdate()
WHERE ColumnName IS NULL
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by:ibost
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How about if you type in GetDate() once, then select it, copy it, and now you can use CTRL-V for your key combo ;-)


-Ian
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Scott Pletcher earned 50 total points
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Timestamp is not a datetime format.  You don't need to (and can't, I think) specify a default for a timestamp column.  I also don't know of a shortcut for it.

CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, on the other hand, is equivalent to GETDATE().  
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