Friday, December 9, 2016

How to Suppress the "N Row(s) Affected" Output Message in SQL Server

Sometimes, when working with T-SQL scripts, you might want to skip the message "(N row(s) affected)" message.

You get this message when you execute T-SQL statements or stored procedures that they affect rows. To this end, SQL Server returns the number of records which were affected by the database operation you performed.

If you want to suppress this message, then you can use the "SET NOCOUNT" statement.

So, for example you can try something like this:


-- Your query goes here


Below, you can see an example with screenshots that illustrates the above

Using NOCOUNT in SQL Server
Figure 1: Running a T-SQL Statement with the Default NOCOUNT Setting.

Using NOCOUNT in SQL Server
Figure 2: Running a T-SQL Statement After Setting NOCOUNT to ON.

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