SQL Variable - Table Name


Is it possable to make a @variable in SQL that stores a Table name?

Is so, how would you do it?

Thank you.

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declare @tablename varchar(100)
set @tablename='tablename'

you can even store query in variable then use exec to run it

declare @sqlvarchar(100)
set @sql='select * from tablename'
What HuyBD is correct, but you can not select directly from the variable, like this:

SELECT * FROM @tablename

You'd have to use dynamic SQL, like this:

declare @SQL varchar(1000)
set @SQL = 'SELECT * FROM ' + @tablename

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EndelmAuthor Commented:
This doesn't work:

declare @TableName varchar(20)
set @TableName = 'dbo.SomeTable'

create table dbo.SomeTable
(id int,
name varchar(20)

insert into dbo.SomeTable(id,name)
values(0, 'John')

select * from @TableName
EndelmAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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