Tuesday, March 05, 2013

SQL Management Studio - "Saving changes is not permitted ..." error

Sometimes when you are working something using SQL Management Studio (SSMS) and intend to make changes to existing table schema, e.g. adding a new column, you may encounter the following error message. You are unable to proceed making the changes you desire with SSMS user interface.

Saving changes is not permitted ...

So what can you do? Either you re-create the table or write ALTER statements (but let's not do that!).

There is, however, a known trick to get around the above annoying "Saving changes is not permitted ..." error. Here are the steps to do just that!
  1. From the SSMS, go to Tools > Options.
  2. Select the Designers page.
  3. Un-check "Prevent saving changes that require table re-creation".
    Options Box
  4. Click OK button.

You should be good to go now!

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