Can not see a table in management studio but can update it

Posted on 2013-12-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-17
I can not see the table in the table list in Management Studio but I can select and update data in it. What could be the problem?
Question by:dwiseman3
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by:Ess Kay
ID: 39717255

Or wrong server

Or wrong login

How about a screenshot
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by:Jim Horn
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ID: 39717283
<... adding onto the fun ...>
Are you certain?  Is it a table, view, or table valued function?  
Does it have a schema other than dbo, which means it sorts schema first, then object name?

Author Comment

ID: 39717306
Hope you can see that the table does not appear.
If I link to the tables via ODBC I can select the zsubject table but I can not update it.
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by:Jim Horn
ID: 39717323
>Hope you can see that the table does not appear.
Uhh, no.
We don't have access to your SSMS, and esskayb2d asked you for a screen shot that hasn't been provided yet.
Experienced experts here know not to assume things.

Author Comment

ID: 39717356
here is the file. I thought it attached in my last post.
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Expert Comment

by:Jim Horn
ID: 39717363
In your screenshot, scroll up to make sure that the table list is inside the database named 'Sandbox', as that's what is displayed in the database combo box in the toolbar.

Author Comment

ID: 39717415
The table list I showed is under Sandbox.
We have several databases, all historical snapshots of the production database.
Zsubject does not appear in any of them except the original database GwenSandbox.
See the attached screenshot.
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Expert Comment

by:Jim Horn
ID: 39717487
>Zsubject does not appear in any of them except the original database GwenSandbox.
In your first screen shot the database combo box showed Sandbox, which means the UPDATE query executes against Sandbox.  So, if zsubject doesn't appear in Sandbox, executing the statement would return an error.

Just for kicks and giggles, try these
update sandbox..zsubject
set descript = 'World Language'
where subjectc = 'L'

update GwenSandbox..zsubject
set descript = 'World Language'
where subjectc = 'L'

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Also, if the table was added recently, to view it you'll have to go to Tables and do a right-click:Refresh.

I'm not aware of a .Visible property to a table.

Author Comment

ID: 39717517
I executed the update statement against the database where the table does not appear in the list. I can't update Gwensandbox. It is a historical record.
I know how to refresh the list.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39717548
Maybe it's a synonym, pointing into another DB?
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Accepted Solution

Jim P. earned 400 total points
ID: 39719302
How are you logged in? Are you using the SA account with SQL auth or windows authentication.

Is there a folder under the tables view is the a %userid% schema?

Do a
FROM sys.objects
WHERE [Name] LIKE '%subject%'

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 39725153
The select from sys.objects identified the object as a view not a table.
I was so sure it was a table because it had been one in our original database.
Someone changed the object type to a view...

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