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Language: SQL Server
Expertise: Beginner
Jun 4, 2000

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Dynamic Table Name

Question:
I would like to build a stored procedure that will receive a table name as a parameter. It then will select the data I want into whatever table name that I pass it.

How can I build a Select Into statement with a variable as a table name?

Answer:
You can create a stored procedure that uses the table name as a parameter. The key is to call the SQL EXEC (EXECUTE) statement. Below is the syntax to call the stored procedure (called DynamicTableName) and the script to create a bare-bones version of it that you can run in the Northwind database.

DynamicTableName 'Categories'

CREATE PROCEDURE DynamicTableName
  @TableName varchar(255)
AS
SET NOCOUNT ON
EXEC ('SELECT * FROM ' + @TableName)
RETURN 0
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