To copy an execution plan
Right-click the execution plan and select Copy.
Note: You can paste execution plans displayed as a Tree Plan or Plain Language Plan in text or bitmap format. Applications such as Microsoft Word allow you to choose the format using the Paste Special option. You can use text applications such as Notepad to paste execution plans in text format or graphic applications such as MS Paint to paste execution plans in bitmap format.
You can animate each step in the execution plan in the order SQL Optimizer executes them.
To animate the execution plan or cancel the animation
Right-click the execution plan and select Animate Plan Steps.
The Optimize SQL function analyzes the input SQL statement and uses an Artificial Intelligence Engine to produce a group of semantically equivalent versions of the statement, known as SQL alternatives. You can then test run these alternatives in the SQL Optimizer window to determine the best-performing version of the SQL.
Note: The Intelligence Level setting you select affects the duration of the optimization process and the number of alternatives SQL Optimizer generates.
SQL Optimizer analyzes the following in your original SQL statement and table references to generate index alternatives:
Once SQL Optimizer generates alternatives, you can test them to evaluate improvements in database performance.
Note: SQL Optimizer does not physically create indexes on your database when generating alternatives.