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SSMS Presenter Mode

Recent builds of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) have a feature called PresentOn that can be accessed from Quick Launch.


Figure 1. Quick Launch location in SSMS.

Enter Present in to Quick Launch and select it.


Figure 2. Select PresentOn.

Using PresentOn is helpful when you give a presentation. It doesn’t increase the size of the results, which I find is a limitation when actually giving presentations. Overall it is a good feature that you might want to use.


Figure 3. Object Explorer and the Query Pane are larger, but not the Results Pane.

To turn off PresentOn, select RestoreDefaultFonts.


Figure 4. Use RestoreDefaultFonts to turn off presenter mode.

If you don’t need to increase the font size of the Object Explorer, which is part of your environment, you can use the zoom feature in the Query Pane. This feature is available all of the time. You don’t need to switch to presenter mode. If the results are in text format instead of grid format, the results will also be magnified.


Figure 5. Using the magnification feature.

If you want more control over the formatting of SSMS, see my instructions found here.

Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:54 PM by John Paul Cook
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Refa said:

Thank you for this loving sharing!

June 24, 2017 4:14 AM
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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a registered nurse recently completed the education to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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