Tuesday, 24 March 2009

SSMS – Manage your Templates

I’ve noticed that some people are struggling with the setting up of their existing templates in SSMS 2005. This posting with deal with two issues.

  • Locating the file path of your templates.
  • Tidying up the default templates.

Locating the file path of your templates.

There are two locations for templates when working with SSMS 2005:

Local Store:

C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Shell\Templates\Sql

Replace [USERNAME] with you windows login name. This location is where you templates are stored when created in SSMS.

Main Store:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Binn\VSShell\Common7\IDE\sqlworkbenchprojectitems\Sql

This is where the default file template folders and scripts are stored. All files and folders in this location are copied to your local store when you open SSMS.

VISTA Store ONLY:(Just added this after some research on vista)

C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Shell\Templates\Sql

It seems that if you running vista the files in your main store need to in here as well.

Tidying up the default templates.

Step 1:

Create a folder called "2 – Default Templates” in the Main Store. Copy all the folders in the Main store into you new folder and you Main store should look like this: (If you using vista make sure this folder is also in your VISTA Store)

main store

Step 2:

Delete all the folders in your local store (excluding your personal templates). Create a folder called “1 – My Template”, then copy all your templates into this new folder. Your Local Store folder should now look like this:

local store

Step 3:

Close down SSMS. The next time you open SSMS your template structure should look like this:

Templates Image

(ctrl+Alt+T will open your templates)

I hope this helps you organise your templates and makes life easier for you.


RBarryYoung said...

Great post, Christopher! Very informative and useful. In fact I may well use this tomorrow.

Christopher Stobbs said...

HI All,

Just noticed that if you on VISTA
You'll need to make sure that you "Default Tempaltes" folder is copied to here:

C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Shell\Templates\Sql

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