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Search for SQL objects
Quickly find data in SQL tables
Edit extended properties
Easily navigate to result objects
Rename SQL objects safely
Export results to HTML, CSV and Excel


SQL object search

Search for objects or text in database object definitions. Learn more

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Text search

Search for text, numbers, dates and unique identifiers in your tables and views. Learn more

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Safe rename

Rename tables, procedures, views, functions and columns without breaking dependencies. Learn more

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Visual extended description editing

Add or edit descriptions for your database objects using extended properties. Learn more

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Customizable SQL search

Specify the object types to be searched

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Results browsing

Group, sort and filter SQL search results. Learn more

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Quick navigation

Navigate to the found object in a single click

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Search history

Quickly access previously searched objects with automatically saved searches. Learn more

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ApexSQL Search 2018 - Screen shot tour

This article represents a screen shot tour of ApexSQL Search features with a brief description

How to quickly search for SQL database data and objects

This article describes how to quickly search for objects and data in tables and views

How to rename a column without breaking your SQL database

This article describes how to use ApexSQL Search to find all dependent objects in your database, rename and drop–recreate when necessary, to avoid breaking the scripts

How to rename database schema and object names without breaking SQL database dependencies

This article describes how to rename database schema and object names without breaking SQL database dependencies with ApexSQL Search

How to change an object name without breaking your SQL database

This article describes how to use the Safe rename feature in ApexSQL Search, to easily rename objects like tables, views, procedures and functions, as well as table/view columns and function/procedure parameters, without breaking database dependencies

SQL Server database object search

This article describes how to perform database searches in order to find and obtain additional information related to specific objects, sometimes without knowing the full name of the object

ApexSQL Search – Search phrases, history and results

This article describes the benefits of using ApexSQL Search options for searching phrases, history, and results

Using regular expressions in ApexSQL tools

This article explains how to use .NET framework regular expressions in ApexSQL tools

How to use the ApexSQL Search extended property editor

This article explains how to add descriptions to database objects by utilizing the ApexSQL Search extended property editor

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ApexSQL Redgate®
SQL Server version
      SQL Server 2005 – 2019
SQL Server editions
      Azure SQL Database
      SQL Server on Amazon RDS
      SQL Server Management Studio 2012 - 18
      Visual Studio 2010 – 2013
      Visual Studio 2015 – 2019
      Navigate to object explorer node
      Object search
      Preview window
      Search across several object types and databases
      Search history
      Search part of SQL object definition
      Search with wildcards and booleans
      View all references to an object
      Refresh search results
      Copy cell
      Copy to clipboard as CSV, Excel, HTML and XML
      Edit extended properties
      Safe rename
      Save search results as CSV, HTML and XML
      Search roles, certificates, and full-text catalogs object types
      Text search
      Toolbar support
      GUI themes
      High DPI and 4K resolution support
      Host aware theme adoption
      Microsoft standard iconography, colors and other visual effects

ApexSQL Search 2021.01

Redgate® SQL Search 3.5.3

Comparison was conducted on December 11, 2020

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