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I don't have any Intellisense in SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Management Studio - is this supposed to work?

I am connecting to a SQL Server 2008 R2 Express database on the same machine (no other databases here at home) and I have no Intellisense.

Just wondering if it's supposed to work or is Express crippled?

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try this to fix the problem, has to do with SP1 for vs2010 if you have that setup FIX: The IntelliSense feature in SSMS 2008 R2 may stop working after you install Visual Studio 2010 SP1

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Yep that was my problem - brand new install of Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 etc. Thanks! –  Matt Frear May 26 '11 at 20:12

Intellisense only works if you are connected to a database that is SQL2008 or higher. If you use management studio to connect to a sql2000 or sql2005 server, there will be no intellisense.

Also, there is an option to turn it on/off. In SQL Server Management Studio, click Tools -> Options. Expand "Text Editor" and click on "All Languages". Make suer "Auto list members and Parameter information" are both checked.

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Yeah thanks, I knew it had to be >= 2008 but my question was specifically about Express –  Matt Frear May 26 '11 at 20:11

It has Intellisense on my machine, but only on a few servers. I think you need to enable some permissions for it to work.

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