How to Create a Stored Procedure in SQL Server

To create a stored procedure in SQL Server:

  1. Click New Query on the SSMS toolbar
  2. Type (or paste) a CREATE PROCEDURE statement (example below)
  3. Click the Execute button on the toolbar

This will add the stored procedure to the database. You can see it under the Stored Procedures node in the Object Explorer.

Below are screenshots and more detail for the above steps.

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What is a Stored Procedure?

A stored procedure is a series of SQL statements compiled and saved to the database.

Stored procedures can be as simple or as complex as you like. However, one of the benefits of stored procedures is that they allow you to store complex scripts on the server.

Stored procedures typically contain conditional programming such as IF... ELSE statements for example. Stored procedures can also accept parameters.

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