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I'm sure this is a long shot, but I'll ask anyway.

I have a database that contains roughly 400 tables, and probably a similar amount of views.

Some where in all that, there is a field I'm looking for with a name that contains the word "Applied" (Might be Applied_Total or Applied_Sum or other some such).  Now, I could take the next two or three hours and look at the field listing of each table and view and try and find out which one(s) I'm looking for, but that is way too tedius.

Is there any way to find out which tables (and maybe views) which contain the fields which contain the word "Applied"?
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Question by:Clif
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SELECT table_name=sysobjects.name,
         column_name=syscolumns.name,
         datatype=systypes.name,
         length=syscolumns.length
    FROM sysobjects
    JOIN syscolumns ON sysobjects.id = syscolumns.id
    JOIN systypes ON syscolumns.xtype=systypes.xtype
   WHERE sysobjects.xtype='U'
            AND syscolumns.name LIKE '%Applied%'
ORDER BY sysobjects.name,syscolumns.colid

OR

SELECT name FROM sysobjects WHERE id IN ( SELECT id FROM syscolumns WHERE name LIKE '%Applied%' ) ORDER BY name
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by:Ephraim Wangoya
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select sys.objects.name as [Table name], sys.columns.name as [Column]
from sys.columns
inner join sys.objects ON sys.objects.object_id = sys.columns.object_id
where type = 'U'
and sys.columns.name like '%Applied%'
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by:Clif
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That was perfect.

To tell you the truth, I was sure I was going to get a reply that it couln't be done.

Thank.
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