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Toad Data Point 5.3 - Installation Guide

About Editing SQL

The editor combines a powerful SQL and procedure editor into a single interface.


  • See Editor Shortcut Keys for more information about keyboard shortcuts used in the Editor.
  • Toad has implemented a large script mode to improve performance when opening files larger than 2 MB. By default, when you open a large file, some features such as word wrap, syntax highlighting, and the Script Map are disabled in the Editor. When a large script loads, a message indicates that you are in large script mode in the right margin of the Editor. You can cancel large script mode by clearing the option in Tools | Options | Editor | General.
  • To show the Script Map, Script Results or Group Execute panes for the current Editor window select Editor | Windows | <pane>.

To edit SQL

  1. Select Tools | Edit | SQL Editor.

    Note: You can query the worksheet from the Editor by entering a dollar sign ($) followed by a cell range to limit the results similar to the following statement:

    Select * from (MyWorksheet$A1:C10)

    You can also query the entire worksheet by entering a dollar sign ($) after the worksheet name; however, this returns empty rows and columns in the worksheet.

  2. Review the following to help enter SQL:

  3. Click to format the code. See Format SQL for more information.

  4. Right-click a block of code in the Editor to see additional actions available in the context menu. For example, you can turn a line into comment, uppercase or lowercase it, surround with snippet, set numbered bookmark, collapse or expand nodes, send to Query Builder and etc. You can also right-click an object (e.g. a table) and manage it as if in the Object Explorer.
  5. Hold Alt + left-click and drag to select vertical blocks of text in Editor.
  6. Select the block of code in the Editor, and click to validate the syntax.

    Note: Toad undoes any changes to the object and data in the database after executing the script (notice that the Result Sets tab is empty). To modify the object and data, you need to execute the script.

  7. Click Fetch n rows to specify the number of rows to initially retrieve when executing the query. You can set a default value for this option in Tools | Options | Database | General. See General Database Options.
  8. Click to execute SQL on the current server or multiple servers at one time. See Group Execution of Scripts for more information. In the Editor toolbar, the execute SQL buttons are grouped under . The button will retain the function of the last execute action for the active Editor window. If you switch to another Editor window, the button will change to reflect the last action for that window. For more information, see Execute SQL.

  9. Select the block of code in the Editor and click to create a stored procedure. Stored Procedure creation dialog automatically recognizes procedure body and declared parameters.


  • Toad automatically saves a backup copy of any modified editor file in the Application Data Directory to avoid losing your work. When you restart Toad after an unexpected close, Toad checks the timestamp on the backup file against the original file, and opens the file that has the latest timestamp. The document recovery option is in Tools | Options | Environment | General. See General Environment Options for more information.
  • You can save the current connection, SQL script, executed results, filters, and group execute connections/results (if enabled) in a Toad editor file (.tef). This file format is useful for building scripts that have large result sets that you do not want to continue executing or for saving results when you have not finished building a script.
  • Editor supports floating window mode.
  • The script is automatically checked for syntax errors when executing current statement (F9), checking syntax, changing database, or refreshing the Script Map. The syntax errors are listed in the Script Results pane in the Messages tab.
  • If you copy and paste a SQL statement from one editor window to another, Toad automatically rewrites the statement to match the syntax of the connection for the second editor window.

Configure Editor Options

You can specify options for the look and behavior of the SQL Editor by using the Toad Options dialog.

To configure Editor options

  1. Select Tools | Options.
  2. To specify one of the following options, select the corresponding page in the Options dialog.

    Option Description

    Page in Options Dialog

    Display the tabs for the current connection only when using Tabbed windows

    Select Environment | Interface

    Change background color of the Editor Select Editor | General
    Use connection color as background color Select Editor | General
    Position Editor tab headers vertically Select Environment | Interface

    Set options to display line numbers, line modifications, and general text formatting

    Select Editor | General 

    Specify options to automatically replace typed text with the correct substitution text

    Select Editor | Auto-replace

    Customize code formatting options including headers and layout characteristics

    Select Editor | Formatter

Click here to view a video of this feature.


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