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Article ID: 916784 - Last Review: April 3, 2006 - Revision: 1.1


Consider the following scenario. You install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services. You select Full-Text Search during the installation. In this scenario, the following items that relate to full-text search are unavailable in the SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE) user interface (UI):
  • The Storage folder under a database folder
  • The Full Text Index command in a table shortcut menu
This article describes how to perform full-text search related tasks in SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services.


SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services does not include SQL Server Agent functionality. Full-text search related tasks in the SSMSE UI require this functionality. However, you can perform Transact-SQL-based full-text search related tasks in the query editor in SSMSE.

The Template Explorer component that is included in SSMSE contains the following full-text search related templates:
  • Create Full-text Catalog
  • Create Full-text Index
  • Start Full Population
  • Stop Population
These templates help accelerate full-text search related task generation.

To access these full-text search related templates, follow these steps:
  1. Start SSMSE.
  2. Connect to the instance of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition.
  3. On the View menu, click Template Explorer.
  4. In Template Explorer, expand the Full-text folder. The full-text search related templates are in this folder.
To use the template, open a query editor in SSMSE. Then, drag the template from Template Explorer to the query editor.


For more information about the Transact-SQL statements that you can use to create and manage full-text catalogs and indexes, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site: (

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
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