Copy resultset to excel with headers included

Posted on 2007-07-19
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05

On Enterprise Manager, I used to highlight the columns on a result grid, then copy and paste it to excel (and the headers will be included).  We have upgraded to SQL 2005, and I cannot do it anymore  in SQL Server Management Studio.

Is there a way to copy an paste the result set of queries of views to excel, an include the headers with it?

Question by:crickpaolo
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Expert Comment

ID: 19526350
Not sure but you can run the query from within Excel which will give the headers.
Data - import data - new database query
Select a dsn and then type/paste your query there.
ok - return data to excel

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gpompe earned 2000 total points
ID: 19526576
Go to Tools->Options ->Query Results ->SQL server -> Result to Grid and select the option "Include column header when copying or saving"

Author Comment

ID: 19531442
Thanks qgompe. I tried it but it does not work work for some reason. Is there a special way of cutting and pasting to excel?

Here's what I did:
1. Selected the option to "Include column header when copying and pasting"
2. Restarted SQL Management Studio
3. Clicked on the upper left corner of my result grid, to select the entire result grid
4. Right Clicked, the selected copy
5. Pasted on Excel

But it still only pastes the contents without the header. help?


Expert Comment

ID: 19558379
Try selecting the same option but for "Result to Text" too

Author Comment

ID: 19558501
Thanks qgompe.  The inlude headers option was already selected on the Result to text option.  It looks like I cannot include the headers whenever I export the result set from an Open Table or Open View.  It did work however when I exported the resultset from a Query.

I guess Microsoft just reversed this functionality in SQL Server 2005. In Enterprise Manager, you can export the headers when opening a table/view, but not when exporting recordsets from within  Query Analyzer.  Right now, it's the other way around...


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