SQL SERVER – Find any expression in the database

My colleagues asked me hundred times, how to find a particular columns, table name, stored procedure, views in the database.

Always forgot to remember one query. So for them only 🙂

Below query you can any table, stored procedure or views who ever have that expression as a column or object name.

SELECT * FROM SYSOBJECTS WHERE ID IN (SELECT ID FROM SYSCOMMENTS WHERE TEXT LIKE ‘%PRODUC%’)

The query produced all the object names. where ever it finds expression like ‘PRODUC

If you wanted to find any table name only then

SELECT * FROM SYSOBJECTS WHERE NAME LIKE ‘%TA%’ and xtype=‘u’

result

For stored procedure  pass  xtype=‘p’ and for views xtype=‘v’

Hope next time my friends will visit from my blog to get this query 😉

Rana

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