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Auto increment primary key in SQL Server Management Studio 2012


Question

How do I auto increment the primary key in a SQL Server database table, I've had a look through the forum but can't see how.

I've looked the the properties but can't see an option, I have seen an answer where you go to the Identity specification property and set it to yes and set the Identity increment to 1, but that section is grayed out and I can't change the no to yes.

There must be a simple way to do this but I can't find it.

2018/03/22
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467
3/22/2018 7:21:03 AM

Accepted Answer

Make sure that the Key column's datatype is int and then setting identity manually, as image shows

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Or just run this code

-- ID is the name of the  [to be] identity column
ALTER TABLE [yourTable] DROP COLUMN ID 
ALTER TABLE [yourTable] ADD ID INT IDENTITY(1,1)

the code will run, if ID is not the only column in the table

image reference fifo's

2015/08/10
724
8/10/2015 1:33:55 PM

When you're creating the table, you can create an IDENTITY column as follows:

CREATE TABLE (
  ID_column INT NOT NULL IDENTITY(1,1) PRIMARY KEY,
  ...
);

The IDENTITY property will auto-increment the column up from number 1. (Note that the data type of the column has to be an integer.) If you want to add this to an existing column, use an ALTER TABLE command.

Edit:
Tested a bit, and I can't find a way to change the Identity properties via the Column Properties window for various tables. I guess if you want to make a column an identity column, you HAVE to use an ALTER TABLE command.

2015/11/01

You have to expand the Identity section to expose increment and seed.

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Edit: I assumed that you'd have an integer datatype, not char(10). Which is reasonable I'd say and valid when I posted this answer

2012/06/12

Expand your database, expand your table right click on your table and select design from dropdown. ITlooks like this

Now go Column properties below of it scroll down and find Identity Specification, expand it and you will find Is Identity make it Yes. Now choose Identity Increment right below of it give the value you want to increment in it. enter image description here

2013/04/19

Perhaps I'm missing something but why doesn't this work with the SEQUENCE object? Is this not what you're looking for?

Example:

CREATE SCHEMA blah.
GO

CREATE SEQUENCE blah.blahsequence
START WITH 1
INCREMENT BY 1
NO CYCLE;

CREATE TABLE blah.de_blah_blah
(numbers bigint PRIMARY KEY NOT NULL
......etc

When referencing the squence in say an INSERT command just use:

NEXT VALUE FOR blah.blahsequence

More information and options for SEQUENCE

2013/09/25

When you're using Data Type: int you can select the row which you want to get autoincremented and go to the column properties tag. There you can set the identity to 'yes'. The starting value for autoincrement can also be edited there. Hope I could help ;)

2014/08/07