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Refreshing the IntelliSense Cache

Refreshing the IntelliSense Cache

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There are cases where the local cache used by IntelliSense becomes stale. Refreshing the cache is easy but not necessarily obvious. There are two ways to refresh the cache: 1) Go to Edit -> IntelliSense -> Refresh Local Cache and 2) Hit Ctrl+Shift+R

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  • Thanks. Is this with regards to Visual Studio? I don't see a refresh cache option in the menu?

  • Hi Atul,

    This is the Transact-SQL IntelliSense feature within SQL Server Management Studio.



  • It makes sense to make this a manual refresh, but I'd had yet to come across this option myself when using SSMS 2008.

  • Hard telling how long might have passed before I noticed that in the menu had I not found this blog post.  I was going nuts trying to figure out why my new tables and sprocs were not 'seen'.

  • Aye, I looked and looked through the menus and couldn't find anything, but now that this post pointed it out to me, I'm slapping my forehead cause I didn't notice it there. Thanks Dan.

  • Thank you for your help. Cntrl-Shift + R didn't work for me. Shortcut probably conflicts with one of the installed plugins. Second way worked like a charm.

  • Got the same answer from some other blog.


  • This was really bugging me also. Always the simple things that save the most time. Many Thanks. JK.


  • How did I miss that?  Thanks for the post!

  • Thanks, this is a useful thing to know.

  • Man, thanks a lot.  That was driving me crazy.

  • Just in case someone stumbles upon this in search of how to refresh the intellisense cache when using Visual Studio to edit SQL, The Edit >> IntelliSense >> Refresh Cache

    Keystroke: CTRL + R

  • Refreshing the cache, in the same logged-in instance of SSMS, did not work for me; i.e., IntelliSense still didn't pick up a new table created in AdventureWorksDW2008R2.

    Also, disconnecting & reconnecting the DB Engine also did not work.

    What *did* work was exiting SSMS & starting again...voila!...the new table appears in IntelliSense.  Any ideas on what happened?

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