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select the nth row of a table

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how can i easily to select the nth row of a table in SQL query.

For example, if i want to select the 3rd of a table, how can i do that?
(notes: if the table does not have row number)
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Question by:hongclub
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by:thombeck
ID: 38760423
you can use this code:

SELECT * FROM (
  SELECT
    ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY key ASC) AS rownumber,
    columns
  FROM tablename
) AS foo
WHERE rownumber <= n
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by:Jared_S
ID: 38760429
use row_number()
post some details of your data and we can build the query.
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by:James Murrell
ID: 38760434
SQL 2005 and above has this feature built-in. Use the ROW_NUMBER() function. It is excellent for web-pages with a << Prev and Next >> style browsing:

Syntax:

SELECT * FROM
(SELECT ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY MyColumnToOrderBy) AS RowNum, * FROM Table_1) sub
WHERE RowNum = 23

Taken fromhttp://stackoverflow.com/questions/16568/how-to-select-the-nth-row-in-a-sql-database-table

I use it all the time: had link bookmarked
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by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 38760457
@cs97jjm3's method is excellent, I use it myself for pagination.  But... SQL tables do not have built-in 'row numbers' like spreadsheets do.  ROW_NUMBER() Depends on the ORDER BY statement for it's order.  If you insert a value that changes the ORDER BY, you will change the Row Number for a particular item.
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by:hongclub
ID: 38760463
i used that too, but cuz in my sql has select distinct, so when i use the ROW_NUMBER, it return more rows than i though

select Distinct col1, ROW_NUMBER() Over(Order By col1), col2from #tempResult  order by col2 asc
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by:ralmada
ID: 38760505
maybe you should try with dense_rank

dense_rank() Over(Order By col1)

More info on dense_rank here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms173825.aspx
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Anthony Perkins earned 500 total points
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i used that too, but cuz in my sql has select distinct, so when i use the ROW_NUMBER, it return more rows than i though
Try it this way:
SELECT  col1,
        col2,
        ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY col1) Row
FROM    (SELECT DISTINCT
                col1,
                col2
         FROM   #tempResult
        ) d
WHERE Row = 3
ORDER BY col2 ASC

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by:Alpesh Patel
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In 2005/2008

SELECT  col1,
        col2,
        ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY col1) Row
FROM    (SELECT DISTINCT
                col1,
                col2
         FROM   #tempResult
        ) d
WHERE Row = 3
ORDER BY col2 ASC

As Above solutions provided by other experts

In SQL Server 2012

select * from sys.objects where modify_date > format(DateAdd(DAy, -1, getdate()),'yyyyMMdd')
order by name
Offset 10 rows Fetch Next 1 rows only
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by:Anthony Perkins
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To clarify:  The comment awarded points is an exact copy and paste of the solution I posted previously here http:#a38761410
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Please leave your recommendations here as to how you wish to see this question closed.
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