How do I insert multiple rows into a single table with one INSERT statement?

Posted on 2006-10-31
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Really dumb question, but I'm totally confused.   I want to insert multiple rows into a table with one statement.  The obvious approach (well, at least I thought it was) is to execute the command...

INSERT INTO [MyDatabase].[dbo].[MenuActions] ([Menu_ID],[Name],[Sequence],[Action_Type],[Action],[Target],[IsDefault],[Target_Group])
   ('ec404cee-6cfc-4279-a396-c7cb271f1309', 'Submit',100, 'JavaScript', 'submit()','_blank',1,'viewers'),
   ('ec404cee-6cfc-4279-a396-c7cb271f1309', 'Cancel',200, 'JavaScript', 'cancel()','_blank',1,'viewers'),
   ('ec404cee-6cfc-4279-a396-c7cb271f1309', 'Help',300, 'JavaScript', 'help()','_blank',1,'viewers')

Well, SQL Server chokes on the ',' after the first entry.  

Is it possible to do this? If so, how does it need to be formatted?
Question by:sasdevelopment
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INSERT INTO [MyDatabase].[dbo].[MenuActions] ([Menu_ID],[Name],[Sequence],[Action_Type],[Action],[Target],[IsDefault],[Target_Group])
SELECT 'ec404cee-6cfc-4279-a396-c7cb271f1309', 'Submit',100, 'JavaScript', 'submit()','_blank',1,'viewers'
SELECT'ec404cee-6cfc-4279-a396-c7cb271f1309', 'Cancel',200, 'JavaScript', 'cancel()','_blank',1,'viewers'
SELECT 'ec404cee-6cfc-4279-a396-c7cb271f1309', 'Help',300, 'JavaScript', 'help()','_blank',1,'viewers'
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if you notice, nobody else has commented because aneesh has supplied the right answer... please award the points to him so other experts do not spend time reviewing. thanks!

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Thanks Aneesh and Aaron.

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