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Add an External Tool to the Tools Menu (SQL Server Management Studio)

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

You can launch any Microsoft Windows or Microsoft .NET Framework application from SQL Server Management Studio. External applications can be added to, and run from, the Tools menu.

To add an external tool to the Tools menu

  1. On the Tools menu, click External Tools.

  2. In the Title text box, type the name you want to appear in the Menu contents list.

  3. In the Command text box, type the program name. Include the path to the executable file if necessary.

  4. In the Arguments text box, type the program arguments if necessary.

  5. In the Initial directory text box, type the program's initial directory if necessary.

  6. To add the tool to the Menu contents list, click Add; and then click OK.

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