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Posted Monday, September 10, 2012 12:08 PM
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Hey all,

I have some questions about the new behavior of the database selection combobox in SQL 2012 (Press Ctrl + U to move your focus to it). It seems that, unlike in SQL 2008 R2, clicking in the text of the database selected (as opposed to the dropdown arrow) selects the text in the combobox rather than activating the dropdown function.

I find this sort of a nuisance, since the new intellisense isn't active in the combobox. I don't actually want to type out the name of the database since most of the databases have the same prefix in their name; that would be a lot of unnecessary typing.

As such, I would prefer if clicking the text of the combobox would activate the dropdown rather than have it be available for text input. Does anyone know how I can do this?

Also, if I use the Control + U keyboard shortcut to put the focus on the combobox, is there any key I can press to activate the dropdown so I can navgiate the available databases that way? I know pressing up and down will switch from one to another, but is there anyway to actually bring up the list?

Can anyone recommend any options to alter the behavior of the combo box to make it more useful? I was considering using SSMSBoost; does anyone have any experience with it?

I would appreciate any advice anyone can provide. Thanks.
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Posted Monday, September 10, 2012 5:48 PM
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Hey guys,

I found out the answer. Alt+ Down Arrow will activate the dropdown box when the focus is on the combobox.
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Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3:09 AM
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Hey all,

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I was considering using SSMSBoost; does anyone have any experience with it?



Hi, as Developer of SSMSBoost add-in for SSMS I would greatly recommend it to you :)

Give it a try - just read current features list published at the project's homepage and see, if some of them suit you. We work on add-in permanently and implement every month new features, often based on user feedback. So if you have "a Wish" for SSMS - you can write us an e-mail to our support address. Add-in is currently free.
It would be nice to hear from you.

Andrei
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Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 11:00 AM
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I must say, after looking over the feature list, it looks pretty awesome.

I especially like the prospect of session management. I know there are projects and solutions in SSMS but I think they are pretty difficult to manage.

Anyway, I'm a bit wary of integrating it into my main computer but I may install it on another computer I have, and then I'll let you know. Thanks.
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Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 11:13 AM
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I must say, after looking over the feature list, it looks pretty awesome.

I especially like the prospect of session management. I know there are projects and solutions in SSMS but I think they are pretty difficult to manage.

Anyway, I'm a bit wary of integrating it into my main computer but I may install it on another computer I have, and then I'll let you know. Thanks.

Ok, thanks for giving us a chance ;)
Just a small excerpt from "ReadMore" from our website:

Implementing SSMSBoost we have not used any thirt-pary controls, because otherwise they would be loaded into SSMS memory. We want to keep your development environment stable, so we have abandoned them in sake of stability.
SSMSBoost is a polite add-in: it neither builds addition connections to database (working only with already loaded data of SSMS), nor it builds any internet connections to check for new version. So, please check our website from time to time to keep track on news.

If you have any other concerns feel free to send me an e-mail to andrei()ssmsboost.com - I will try to do my best to make you happy.
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Hey guys,

I found out the answer. Alt+ Down Arrow will activate the dropdown box when the focus is on the combobox.



Thanks for this...

I was having the same issue and it was SUPER annoying...glad they break 10+ year old functionality (Control+U)...UBER annoying.
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