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Hugo Kornelis (10/15/2010)

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I had this one wrong as well. Partially because I don't work with SQL Server 2008 yet (I do have it installed on a laptop, fopr "play" purposes), and partly because I misread the question.

The answer is hidden in the explanation. You can configure different colors for the "query window" (which I knew - that's why I selected "true"), but you cannot configure the colors for "the status bar in SSMS".
This last status bar obviously refers to another status bar than that of the query window. I don't know which status bar, though, and I can't check if it's true. But even if it is, the correct answer should have been "it depends" - since the query window sits within SSMS, you can obviously configure colors for some status bars in SSMS.

Could the author of this question not be referring to the bar at the bottom of the SSMS window that seems to always say "Ready" when I'm in SSMS 2008? Similar to the "status bar" of an explorer window. The color or look of that bar is only changed by the Windows display properties appearance settings. [see attachment]
I believe Microsoft has started re-using terms for different applications. If the "status bar" references the bar at the bottom of a query window or Object explorer, then what is the bar at the very bottom of SSSM called now:-D?

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I have awarded back all points and edited the question to include the answer for future people.

Not a great question, and my apologies.

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William Vach (10/15/2010)
Thanks for the information. I was not aware that you could also set the query window color through the connection dialogue box. I did discover a quirk when using that method. It looks like the color is associated with the instance entry in the drop down. If you are connected to an instance and then change to another instance that you manually key in, the status bar will retain the color of the instance that you were originally connected to and also change the color of the manually keyed in instance when you subsequently select it from the drop down.

This QOD sure brought out a lot of discussion about a little known but useful feathre of SSMS.

Yes, it is associated with the instance. It works this way for both connections set up in your registered servers, and for when changing connections or selecting "Connect" in the object explorer.

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Steve Jones - SSC Editor (10/15/2010)
I have awarded back all points and edited the question to include the answer for future people.

Not a great question, and my apologies.

I don't think I've ever seen any other question where the editor has put what the answer is in the question before...

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I have awarded back all points and edited the question to include the answer for future people.

Not a great question, and my apologies.

I don't think I've ever seen any other question where the editor has put what the answer is in the question before...


I have a few times in the past when I couldn't come up with a good way to reword the question

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Intriguing question.



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Interesting question, but even better discussion. Thanks all!
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I would have thought that Ans is true because we can specify color in connection properties
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DhruvShah (10/19/2010)
I would have thought that Ans is true because we can specify color in connection properties


Well, if you read the editor's comments at the question and this thread, you'll know the answer.



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