If you are not exactly sure what rows will be returned by your WHERE clause of an UPDATE statement, it best to take some precautions prior to executing your UPDATE statement.What I like to do is to first execute a SELECT statement that contains the I plan to use in my WHERE clause of my UPDATE statement.

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You can also limit the rows being updated using the TOP clause.

Suppose you want to update only two rows with a new price then you can run the following code: This code updates two random rows in my Toy table.

I say random rows because TSQL doesn’t guarantee order unless you have an order by clause.

If you want to update two rows based on the ORDER BY clause then you will need to use the TOP clause in a sub query in conjunction with a WHERE constraint, like in the following example.

To update this single row I can run the following UPDATE statement: the UPDATE statement was able to find the one row in my Toy table that had the misspelled Toy Name.

To update the row that was found I used the “SET” clause of the UPDATE statement, which set the new Toy Name to the correct spelling of “Magic Wand”.

If you are an application programmer then you will more than likely need to write TSQL code to update your SQL Server database tables.

In order to update a row in a SQL Server table you will use the UDPATE statement.

In this article I will show you the most common methods of using the UPDATE statement.

Below is the basic syntax for the UPDATE statement: This is not the complete syntax of the update statement.

I can do that with the following code: In this code I updated the Toy table based on values in another table, in this case a table named New Toy Price.