Saving Changes Is Not Permitted

Have you ever created a table thinking everything looked amazing and was designed perfect only to come back and need to add to it?  Maybe you need to change a data type, add a column, delete a column or move a column.  It’s an easy fix, right.  Just right click on the table, go to Design mode and make your changes. Well, this would be a pretty useless story if all that worked flawlessly.

As you close the table to save all your great, wonderful, glorious changes you are greeted not with a screen that says: “Congrats Brad! Those were good changes you just made to the table. Keep up the good work.” (Could we get some cool reassuring messages like that in the 2011/2012 release please Microsoft??)  Instead you get this unfriendly box that says: “Saving changes is not permitted. The changes you made require the following tables to be dropped and re-created.  You have either made changes to a table that can’t be re-created or enabled the option Prevent saving changes that require the table to be re-created.

This is a less that optimum message to get.  No one wants to re-create a table every time you need to make a change.  Luckily there is a fix.  In order to get around this message you can change a setting in the tools menu.  Simply go toTools > Options > Designers > Table and Database Designers.  From there uncheck the box next to “Prevent saving changes that require table re-creation” and you will be able to edit your tables without issue.

You will still get a message that tables are going to be affected by the changes, which is fine, as your changes will now be saved!  Remember to always be careful when editing your tables.

Bradley Schacht

Bradley Schacht is a Cloud Solution Architect on the state and local government team with Microsoft based in Jacksonville, FL. He has co-authored 3 SQL Server books including "SQL Server 2014 Professional Administration". As a former consultant and trainer, he uses his experience on many parts of the Microsoft BI and data platform to help customers deliver the best possible solutions. Bradley frequently presents at community events around the country. He is a contributor to sites such as and an active member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

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