Editing Data in Grid

When dbForge Data Compare for SQL Server executes any statement returning a result set, the retrieved data is displayed in the Data Editor of the data view of the same SQL document. This topic shows how to edit the data in grid; for information about customizing data grid, as well as sorting, grouping and filtering, visit Viewing Data in Grid topic.

To insert, delete, copy and paste data:

Use the shortcut menu or the corresponding buttons under the grid. For example, you can do the following:

  • To insert NULL (instead of empty string), select Set Value To, NULL on the shortcut menu. You can also use the CTRL+0 key combination.

Tip: Use the Set Value To option to quickly set an empty string, zero, or a current date.

Set value to

  • To add a new record, select the Append option from the shortcut menu or click the Append button under the grid. To delete a record from the grid, select the Delete option from the shortcut menu or click the ‘-‘ button under the grid or press CTRL+DEL keys.

  • To copy and paste cell values, use the corresponding options from the shortcut menu.

To select data:

You can easily select and copy the data just like cells in a spreadsheet. Do either of these actions:

  • Move the mouse pointer across the grid holding the left mouse button

  • Click the first cell of the data range, press SHIFT, and, holding the SHIFT key, click the last cell. A rectangular range of cells will be selected.

Tip: Using the CTRL key, you may include and exclude cells to selection. Any number of rows may be copied and pasted to some other application, for example, a spreadsheet, but when you paste data in data grid, only the first row will be pasted.

Data window


Actual document look may slightly vary from the above image depending on the product you use.

Some queries return read only data, for example, queries with aggregate functions (count, avg etc.), or data, retrieved from non-updatable views. Such data can’t be edited. It is also impossible to edit the result of executing of the script with several select statements.

Row and cell indicators

When working with grid, you can see special indicators near to the focused cell. These indicators reflect current editing state.

Row focused The row is focused.

Row edited The row has been edited.

Error value Incorrect value was entered into a cell. You must either fix the value or press the ESCAPE key to cancel changes made to the cell.