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SSMS: Removing all tabs in your query window with spaces

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Published Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:53 PM by Greg Low

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pmbAustin said:

Under "Edit->Advanced" there's an "Untabbify Selected Lines" that I use quite frequently... but it doesn't get rid of ALL the tabs, just the ones at the beginning of lines it seems.  Still, it's highly useful.

February 28, 2017 1:52 PM

Andrew Kelly said:

Great tip Greg. Another aspect that is helpful but never knew about.


March 1, 2017 9:59 AM

Tim Bray said:

I am in the no tabs club because of the way different applications define the number of characters for a tab and for the reason you mention.

Most apps treat tabs as 4 characters, but if you use notepad it treats tabs as 8 characters.

This plays havoc with sql scripts created in SSMS with standard settings.

I choose to set the option of replacing tabs with 4 spaces in the Options menu in SSMS and Visual Studio (or whatever dev evironment) and I request my peers to do the same.

That way you can use tabs all you want but the final script only has spaces.

March 4, 2017 3:41 PM

TheBrenda said:

How do you remove CHAR(13) and CHAR(10) in SSMS using RegularExpressions? I cannot get RegularExpressions to match New Line and Carriage Returns to work consistently in SSMS. And funny thing is that it sometimes works for entire document but not for selected text. Strange.

March 5, 2017 11:29 AM

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