View Property Page (ADP)

Contains options for controlling the behavior of the view you are building or modifying.

View name

Displays the name for the current view. If you have not yet saved your view, the default name is displayed. You cannot change the name in this box. To assign a name, choose Save or Save As from the File menu.

Output all columns

Specifies that all columns from all tables currently displayed will be in the view. Choosing this option is equivalent to specifying an asterisk (*) in place of individual column names.

DISTINCT values

Specifies that the view will filter out duplicates. This option is useful when you are using only some of the columns from a table and those columns might contain duplicate values, or when the process of joining two or more tables produces duplicate rows in the result set. Choosing this option is equivalent to inserting the word DISTINCT into the statement in the SQL pane.

Bind To Schema

Prevents users from modifying the underlying objects that contribute to this view in any way that would invalidate the view definition.

Update using view rules

Indicates that all updates and insertions to the view will be translated by Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) into SQL statements that refer to the view, rather than into SQL statements that refer directly to the view’s base tables. (In some cases, MDAC manifests view update and view insert operations as updates and inserts against the view’s underlying base tables. By selecting Update using view rules, you can ensure that MDAC generates update and insert operations against the view itself.)

CHECK Option

Indicates that whenever a user modifies a row of the view, the database checks that the added or modified data satisfies the WHERE clause of the view definition.

GROUP BY extension

Specifies that additional options for views based on aggregate queries are available.

WITH CUBE

Specifies that the aggregate query should produce summary values for groups specified in the GROUP BY clause. The groups are created by cross-referencing columns included in the GROUP BY clause, and then applying the query's aggregate function to produce summary values for the additional super-aggregate rows. The WITH CUBE option is multidimensional, creating summaries from all combinations of aggregate functions and columns in the query.

  • WITH ROLLUP

Specifies that the aggregate query should produce summary values for the groups specified in the GROUP BY clause. The WITH ROLLUP option is similar to the WITH CUBE option, but creates only one type of summary for each combination of column and aggregate function.

  • ALL

Specifies that the aggregate query will include any duplicate rows in the summary.

Owner

Shows the name of the view’s owner. The owner name is either a SQL Server role or SQL Server user. The drop-down list contains all the users and roles defined in the database. Within the drop-down list, the users and roles have different icons; the role icon shows two faces, the user icon shows only one.

TOP

(For SQL Server 7.0 or higher databases.) Specifies that the query will include a TOP clause, which returns only the first n rows or first n percentage of rows in the result set. The default is that the query returns the first 10 rows in the result set.

Use this box to specify a different number of rows to return or to specify a percentage.

  • PERCENT

(For SQL Server 7.0 or higher databases.) Specifies that the query will include a TOP clause, returning only the first n percentage of rows in the result set.

  • WITH TIES

(For SQL Server 7.0 or higher databases.) Specifies that the view will include a WITH TIES clause. WITH TIES is useful if a view includes an ORDER BY clause and a TOP clause based on percentage. If this option is set, and if the percentage cutoff falls in the middle of a set of rows with identical values in the ORDER BY clause, the view is extended to include all such rows.

SQL Comment

To enter text in this field, you can type directly into it, or you can enter a comment in the SQL pane. When you enter text directly into this field, you simply type the text. But when you enter comment text in the SQL pane, you must use the comment delimiter characters. For example:

/* This is comment text entered in the SQL pane */
This is comment text entered directly in the SQL Comment field.

Description

(SQL Server 2000 only.)

This field is distinguished from the SQL Comment field in two ways. First, values of Description are stored in SQL Server as extended properties. Second, you cannot enter values of the Description from the SQL pane.

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