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SSMS Tip: What happened to my keyboard shortcuts? Ctrl+R (Show/Hide Result) and Ctrl+E (Execute) not working!

Posted by blakhani on May 8, 2014

Long back I installed SQL Server 2014 to learn new features and of course share the knowledge. I started from CTP1, CTP2 and finally came to RTM. Earlier I was installing them on Virtual Machines and recently I installed SQL 2014 on my laptop which already has SQL Server 2012 installed.

While using SSMS of SQL Server 2014, I noticed that earlier keyboard shortcuts were not working as they used to work earlier (in SQL 2012 SSMS). Few examples are as below:

  • Ctrl + R should show/hide result pane.
  • Ctrl + E should execute the query.

If I use above, I was getting below message in the left bottom of SSMS. “(Ctrl+R) was pressed. Waiting for second key of chord…


Pressing Ctrl+R again I get message as “The key combination (Ctrl+R, Ctrl+R) is not a command

Same was the case with Ctrl+E command. “(Ctrl+E) was pressed. Waiting for second key of chord…” . If I take my mouse to “Execute” button, it guided me that shortcut to execute command is Ctrl+Shift+E. And it works as well.


But I always preferred to go back to earlier settings. There are multiple ways to achieve it.

Short Route

If you have not done any customization in SSMS and you are OK to reset all the settings then you can use this. In Management Studio menu, go to Tools –> Options –> Environment –> Keyboard –> Keyboard –> Apply the following additional keyboard mapping scheme” and choose “Reset”. You would get a confirmation pop-up, click OK there.


Long Route

This route would be preferred if you have done some customization with the settings and want to retain those setting. you can provide shortcuts to any action. Go to Management Studio Tools menu and Tools –> Options –> Environment –> Keyboard –> Keyboard Over there, you can choose the command and assign the “shortcuts for selected command”. The list of command can be searched. For example, I have entered “Window.ShowResultsPane” and assigned Ctrl+R to it as below. Make sure to click on “Assign” button before hitting OK.


In Same way , Ctrl+E can be assigned to “Query.Execute

Documentation: (SQL Server Management Studio Keyboard Shortcuts)

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