In this article, we will learn how to use the TOP Clause with a SQL select query.
The SELECT TOP clause is used to specify the number/percent of records to return.
The SELECT TOP clause is useful with thousands of records on large tables.
SELECT TOP number|percent column_name(s) FROM TABLE_NAME;
The subsequent statement would return the first two records from the Article table.
SELECT TOP 2 * FROM Article;
The subsequent statement would return the first 50% of the records from the Article table.
SELECT TOP 50 PERCENT * FROM Article;
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