In SQL 2005, you may come across a situation where you need to generate a ALTER TABLE script, such as when adding a new column to a database or changing the field type, etc.

If you want to generate a script for a particular SQL function, such as CREATE, SELECT, UPDATE, etc, you would normally just right-click on the table in SQL Management Studio and choose Script Table as and then the function you want to script.

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    However, the ALTER To option is disabled in the Script Table as menu option! So if you want to generate a script, how do you go about doing it? Well, you can’t do it this way when you alter a table.

    In order to generate the script, you first right-click on the table you want to alter and choose Design.

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    Now go ahead and add your new columns, change the field types, set your fields to accept NULLS or not, etc. Once you are done, you want to right-click on any column or in the white space and you’ll see the option Generate Change Script is now available.

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    Now go ahead and save that file and you’ll have your ALTER TABLE script! It’s a bit confusing since all the other functions can be scripted just by right-clicking, but it’s simple once you learn it. Enjoy!

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