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Query Tool Toolbar

The Query Tool toolbar uses context-sensitive icons that provide shortcuts to frequently performed tasks. If an icon is highlighted, the option is enabled; if the icon is grayed-out, the task is disabled.


The Query Tool and View/Edit Data tools are actually different operating modes of the same tool. Some controls will be disabled in either mode.

Query tool toolbar

Hover over an icon in pgAdmin to display a tooltip that describes the icon’s functionality.

File Options




Open File

Click the Open File icon to display a previously saved query in the SQL Editor.

Accesskey + O

Save File

Click the Save icon to perform a quick-save of a previously saved query, or to access the Save menu:

  • Select Save to save the selected content of the SQL Editor panel in a file.

  • Select Save As to open a new browser dialog and specify a new location to which to save the selected content of the SQL Editor panel.

Accesskey + S

Editing Options




Save Data Changes

Click the Save Data Changes icon to save data changes (insert, update, or delete) in the Data Output Panel to the server.



Use the Find menu to search, replace, or navigate the code displayed in the SQL Editor:

Select Find to provide a search target, and search the SQL Editor contents.


Select Find next to locate the next occurrence of the search target.


Select Find previous to move to the last occurrence of the search target.


Select Persistent find to identify all occurrences of the search target within the editor.

Select Replace to locate and replace (with prompting) individual occurrences of the target.


Select Replace all to locate and replace all occurrences of the target within the editor.

Select Jump to navigate to the next occurrence of the search target.



Click the Copy icon to copy the content with or without header:

  • Click the Copy icon to copy the content that is currently highlighted in the Data Output


  • Click Copy with headers to copy the highlighted content along with the header.

Accesskey + C


Click the Paste icon to paste a previously copied row into a new row.

Accesskey + P


Click the Delete icon to mark the selected rows for deletion. These marked rows get deleted when you click the Save Data Changes icon.

Accesskey + D


Use options on the Edit menu to access text editing tools; the options operate on the text displayed in the SQL Editor panel when in Query Tool mode:

Select Indent Selection to indent the currently selected text.


Select Unindent Selection to remove indentation from the currently selected text.


Select Inline Comment Selection to enclose any lines that contain the selection in SQL style comment notation.


Select Inline Uncomment Selection to remove SQL style comment notation from the selected line.


Select Block Comment to enclose all lines that contain the selection in C style comment notation. This option acts as a toggle.


Select Format SQL to format the selected SQL or all the SQL if none is selected


View/Edit Data Resultset Control





Click the Filter icon to set filtering and sorting criteria for the data when in View/Edit data mode. Click the down arrow to access other filtering and sorting options:

  • Click Sort/Filter to open the sorting and filtering dialogue. In the SQL Filter, you can enter a SQL query as filtering criteria. In Data Sorting, you can select the column and specify the order for sorting.

  • Click Filter by Selection to show only the rows containing the values in the selected cells.

  • Click Exclude by Selection to show only the rows that do not contain the values in the selected cells.

  • Click Remove Sort/Filter to remove any previously selected sort or filtering options.

Accesskey + F

Limit Selector

Select a value in the Limit Selector to limit the size of the dataset to a number of rows.

Accesskey + R


Click the Stop icon to cancel the execution of the currently running query.

Accesskey + Q

Query Execution





Click the Execute/Refresh icon to either execute or refresh the query highlighted in the SQL editor panel. Click the down arrow to access other execution options:

  • Add a check next to Auto rollback on error? to instruct the server to automatically roll back a transaction if an error occurs during the transaction.

  • Add a check next to Auto commit? to instruct the server to automatically commit each transaction. Any changes made by the transaction will be visible to others, and durable in the event of a crash.



Click the Explain icon to view an explanation plan for the current query. The result of the EXPLAIN is displayed graphically on the Explain tab of the output panel, and in text form on the Data Output tab.


Explain analyze

Click the Explain analyze icon to invoke an EXPLAIN ANALYZE command on the current query.

Navigate through the Explain Options menu to select options for the EXPLAIN command:

  • Select Verbose to display additional information regarding the query plan.

  • Select Costs to include information on the estimated startup and total cost of each plan node, as well as the estimated number of rows and the estimated width of each row.

  • Select Buffers to include information on buffer usage.

  • Select Timing to include information about the startup time and the amount of time spent in each node of the query.

  • Select Summary to include the summary information about the query plan.



Click the Commit icon to commit the transaction.



Click the Rollback icon to rollback the transaction.



Use options on the Clear drop-down menu to erase display contents:

  • Select Clear Query Window to erase the content of the SQL Editor panel.

  • Select Clear History to erase the content of the History tab.

Accesskey + L

Save results to


Click the Save results to file icon to save the result set of the current query as a delimited text file (CSV, if the field separator is set to a comma). This button will only be enabled when a query has been executed and there are results in the data grid. You can specify the CSV/TXT settings in the Preference Dialogue under SQL Editor -> CSV/TXT output.



Click the Macros icon to manage the macros. You can create, edit or clear the macros through the Manage Macros option.