SELECT Statement

The SELECT statement is used to retrieve the useful data from one or more tables in a database. The basic use of SELECT statement is as follows:


SELECT * FROM TableName          –To select all columns


SELECT col1, col2,colN  FROM TableName          –To select specific columns

Refer below query to select specific columns from CreditCard table,

SELECT [CreditCardID]
FROM [Sales].[CreditCard];

Refer Figure-1, to select specific columns from CreditCard table.

Select Specific Columns

Figure-1: Select Specific Columns

The asterisk (*) is a shortcut to SELECT all columns in a table. Here we are selecting all columns from CreditCard table.

SELECT * FROM [Sales].[CreditCard];

Refer Figure-2, to select all columns from CreditCard table:

02_select command

Figure-2: Select All Columns

Note on using SELECT (*)

Using (*) is considered a bad practices for several reasons:

  • Often you do not need all the columns, but with the use of (*)  you display them all, which will increase load on database server and impact the performance.
  • If you make a change to a table, adding or removing columns, this change does not reflect the views created with the use of (*).
  • You can not change the order of selected columns.

Select Specific Columns

In normal case, you do not really need all the columns for that, we can display only the columns you need, in this example we will show only two columns:

SELECT [CreditCardID
FROM [Sales].[CreditCard];

Refer Figure-3, to select two columns from CreditCard table:

Select Two Columns

Figure-3: Select Two Columns

Use SQL Server Management Studio to generate SELECT Statement.

Navigate to database and then select the Table. Right click on the table will open the Context Menu with different options. Refer below path.

(Right click on table –> Script Table as –> SELECT To –> New Query Editor Window)

Now you can see select query in query editor window as follows.

Refer Figure-4 to after generating scripts from SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

Script Generated from SSMS

Figure 4: Script Generated from SSMS


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