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SQL Server FAQ - "sp_columns" - Getting a List of Columns in a View

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How To Get a List of Columns in a View using the "sp_columns" Stored Procedure?

If you have an existing table, but you don't remember what are the columns defined in the view, you can use the "sp_columns" stored procedure to get a list of all columns of the specified view. The following tutorial script shows you a good example:

EXEC SP_COLUMNS fyi_links_top;
GO
TABLE_OWNER TABLE_NAME    COLUMN_NAME TYPE_NAME LENGTH
----------- ------------- ----------- --------- ------
dbo         fyi_links_top id          int       4     
dbo         fyi_links_top counts      int       4     
dbo         fyi_links_top url         varchar   80    

(3 row(s) affected)

The "sp_columns" stored procedure returns a long list of properties for each column of the specified view.

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  1. What Are Views?
  2. How To Create a View on an Existing Table?
  3. How To See Existing Views?
  4. How To Drop Existing Views from a Database?
  5. How To Get a List of Columns in a View using "sys.columns"?
  6. How To Get a List of Columns in a View using the "sp_columns" Stored Procedure?
  7. How To Get a List of Columns in a View using the "sp_help" Stored Procedure?
  8. How To Generate CREATE VIEW Script on an Existing View?
  9. How To Get the Definition of a View Out of the SQL Server?
  10. Can You Create a View with Data from Multiple Tables?
  11. Can You Create a View using Data from Another View?
  12. What Happens If You Delete a Table That Is Used by a View?
  13. Can You Use ORDER BY When Defining a View?
  14. How To Modify the Underlying Query of an Existing View?
  15. Can You Insert Data into a View?
  16. Can You Update Data in a View?
  17. Can You Delete Data from a View?
  18. How To Assign New Column Names in a View?
  19. How Column Data Types Are Determined in a View?
  20. How To Bind a View to the Schema of the Underlying Tables?
  21. How To Create an Index on a View?

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