Editing Data in Grid Overview

When dbForge Query Builder for SQL Server executes any statement returning a result set, the retrieved data is displayed in 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 popup 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 from the popup menu. You can also use the CTRL+0 key combination.

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

    Set value

  • To add a new record, select the Append option from the popup menu or click the Append button under the grid. To delete a record from the grid, select the Delete option from the popup 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 popup 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 the data grid, only the first row will be pasted.

Selecting data


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 the script with several SELECT statements.

Row and cell indicators

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

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

Focused row The row is focused.

Editing The row is being edited.

Row edited The row has been edited.

Incorrect 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.