Feb 15

SQL 2012 F5 Keyboard Shortcut Refresh

For some unknown reason, Microsoft decided to change the global refresh key (F5) in SQL 2012 to debug. This has caused me countless headaches when trying to refresh a database in the Object Explorer. Here is how I went about changing F5 from debug to refresh:


  1. In SQL Server Management Studio, click Tools, then click Options
  2. Under Environment, expand Keyboard then select Keyboard nested underneath:

  3. Search from View.Refresh and highlight.
  4. Under Press shortcut keys: press F5:

  5. Click Assign, the screen should look like this:

  6. Click OK and you’re done!

Stupid debug