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SQL Server – Saving Changes Not Permitted in Management Studio

SQL Server Management Studio does not allow you to save changes to a table which require table re-creation such as changing data type for a column. When you perform such changes you will run into following error message:


Here, I have tried changing data type for 'Name' column from NVARCHAR(50) to CHAR(50). Since this requires table re-creation Management Studio does not allow this operation to be completed, and it is doing so for your own good!

This activity can be completed without re-creating table if you are using T-SQL. Following T-SQL code can be used to avoid table re-creation:

USE [SqlAndMe]



ALTER TABLE [dbo].[Customers]



The above statement will change the data type of the 'Name' column to CHAR(50) without having to re-create table.

We are better off with this option enabled. Although, if you are a GUI fan you can disable this safety net.

1. Go to Tools > Options

2. Go to Designers > Table and Database Designers

3. Uncheck Prevent saving changes that require table re-creation.


You can find more information on why not to disable this option here:

SQL Server – ALTER COLUMN – Management Studio v. T-SQL

Hope This Helps!


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  1. April 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Do you have any links that explain WHY SSMS forces the table to be recreated? I found this article:


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