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SQL Server FAQ - SP_HELP - Viewing Existing Indexes on an Given Table

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How To View Existing Indexes on an Given Table using SP_HELP?

If you want to know how many indexes have been defined for a given table, you can use the SP_HELP built-in stored procedure in the following syntax:

EXEC SP_HELP table_name
-- Returns all database objects related the given table

The tutorial exercise shows you how many indexes were defined from the previous tutorial on table "fyi_links":

EXEC SP_HELP fyi_links;

index_name      index_description                 index_keys
------------    -------------------------------   ----------
fyi_links_id    nonclustered located on PRIMARY   id
fyi_links_url   nonclustered located on PRIMARY   url

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  1. What Are Indexes?
  2. How To Create an Index on an Existing Table?
  3. How To View Existing Indexes on an Given Table using SP_HELP?
  4. How To View Existing Indexes on an Given Table using sys.indexes?
  5. How To Drop Existing Indexes?
  6. Is the PRIMARY KEY Column of a Table an Index?
  7. Does the UNIQUE Constraint Create an Index?
  8. What Is the Difference Between Clustered and Non-Clustered Indexes?
  9. How To Create a Clustered Index?
  10. How To Create an Index for Multiple Columns?
  11. How To Create a Large Table with Random Data for Index Testing?
  12. How To Measure Performance of INSERT Statements?
  13. Does Index Slows Down INSERT Statements?
  14. Does Index Speed Up SELECT Statements?
  15. What Happens If You Add a New Index to Large Table?
  16. What Is the Impact on Other User Sessions When Creating Indexes?
  17. What Is Index Fragmentation?
  18. What Causes Index Fragmentation?
  19. How To Defragment Table Indexes?
  20. How To Defragment Indexes with ALTER INDEX ... REORGANIZE?
  21. How To Rebuild Indexes with ALTER INDEX ... REBUILD?
  22. How To Rebuild All Indexes on a Single Table?
  23. How To Recreate an Existing Index?

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