SQL Rename Column

In SQL Server, there is a standard stored procedure called SP_RENAME to rename the column name. The syntax of this approach is

SP_RENAME '[Table Name].[Old Column Name]', '[New Column Name]', COLUMN'

SQL Rename Column Example

In this example, we will alter the name using this SP_RENAME stored procedure. To demonstrate the Rename Column, We use the below table.

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We use the above-specified Server syntax or stored procedure to rename the YearlyIncome to a new name: Income


SP_RENAME 'Customers.YearlyIncome', 'Income', 'COLUMN'
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See the change

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Change Column Name using Management Studio

If you can access the Management Studio, then right-click on the table, and select the Design from the context menu to change the col name.

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Selecting the Design option will open the SQL table in design mode to rename column. Let me change the Income to Annual Income

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Click the Close button and select the Yes button from the displayed pop-up window to save the changes you made in the design window.

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See the changed name.

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