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

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

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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:

SET NOCOUNT ON;

— Your query goes here

SET NOCOUNT OFF;

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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Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Author, Software Developer and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles. Among other, via his initiative SQLEBooks.com, Artemakis authors and publishes eBooks on different topics on SQL Server. Artemakis currently serves as the President of the Cyprus .NET User Group (CDNUG) and the International .NET Association Country Leader for Cyprus (INETA). Additionally he is the founder of the SQLArtBits initiative that aims to provide the technical community with simple, yet powerful and high-quality SQL Server tools. Currently, the highlights of these tools are DBA Security Advisor and In-Memory OLTP Simulator. Artemakis's official website can be found at aartemiou.com. Artemakis's blogs can be found at: SQLNetHub.com and TechHowTos.com.