We have already covered how to add a data dictionary to a sql server table by using extended properties (see here). We can go one step further and making a simple stored procedure that will give us quick access to the code book. After building the stored procedure below we can now double click a table and use a keyboard shortcut. I have mine shortcut as Ctrl+5.
Create Procedure [dbo].[GetDataDictionary]
You can see what my shortcuts look like in the picture below.
If we follow the example in the article for building a code book, we can create a table with the iris data set and add a quick code book. Then when we highlight the table [iris] and use our keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+5, you should see this:
Now we can quickly check the definition of a column without having to leave our SSMS window. If you are interested in the other helper stored procedures besides GetDataDictionary, then take a look at this post.