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Putting Object Explorer etc on the right side of SSMS rather than the left.

A while back I was given the advice Move your tabs (Object Explorer etc) to the right side of SSMS. Now I didn’t do it at the time, but recently I decided they were right and I should give it a shot. It’s taking some getting used to, but here’s why it’s awesome.

Show/hide unpinned tabs

Pin/unpin the tabs

In the first case your code gets covered up by the tabs, and in the second it’s moving! Here’s what happens if you put them on the right.

Show/hide unpinned tabs

Pin/unpin the tabs

See how much better that is? The code isn’t flipping around or getting hidden! I’m not sure why I’ve always defaulted to the left-hand side, maybe because I’m left-handed, maybe because we read left to right. Either way, I’m switching my tabs to the right-hand side from now on.


My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.


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