SSMS DAX Query Editor

We are excited to announce the SQL Server Management Studio DAX Query Editor! Have you ever authored a DAX query in SSMS using the MDX editor? With the new DAX Query Editor, you no longer need to do. Download RC3 for vNext from the SSMS release candidate download page.

SSMS DAX Animated SSMS DAX Query Editor

To try it out, click on the new DAX Query toolbar button, or right-click > New Query in Object Explorer.

DAX Query toolbar button SSMS DAX Query Editor

IntelliSense works for DAX functions and model objects. Members listed for selection are type aware. For example, after an EVALUATE statement, the DAX Query Editor expects a table type, so lists DAX table-valued functions, and tables in the model.

IntelliSense functions SSMS DAX Query Editor

Once a function is selected, parameter information is provided.

Parameter Info SSMS DAX Query Editor

In the following example, measures are offered for selection instead of DAX functions and tables based on the position of the parameter.

Type aware parameter info SSMS DAX Query Editor

And of course, syntax highlighting works too.

Syntax highlighting SSMS DAX Query Editor

We hope you agree these features make DAX query authoring in SSMS more productive. For example, the type-aware IntelliSense makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.

This is the first release of the SSMS DAX Query Editor; it is not yet in GA status. We are still adding enhancements. For example, DEFINE MEASURE syntax recognition, and parenthesis-match highlighting are planned for the next release. If you have suggestions for enhancements, or general feedback, please use ProBIToolsFeedback at

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