# With Ties Option
# Test Data
CREATE TABLE #TEST ( Id INT, Name VARCHAR(10) ) Insert Into #Test select 1,'A' Union All Select 1,'B' union all Select 1,'C' union all Select 2,'D'
Below is the output of above table,As you can see Id Column is repeated three times..
Id Name 1 A 1 B 1 C 2 D
Now Lets check the output using simple order by..
Select Top (1) Id,Name From #test Order By Id ;
Output :(Output of above query is not guaranteed to be same every time )
Id Name 1 B
Lets run the Same query With Ties Option..
Select Top (1) With Ties Id,Name From #test Order By Id
Id Name 1 A 1 B 1 C
As you can see SQL Server outputs all the Rows which are tied with Order by Column. Lets see one more Example to understand this better..
Select Top (1) With Ties Id,Name From #test Order By Id ,Name
Id Name 1 A
In Summary ,when we use with Ties Option,SQL Server Outputs all the Tied rows irrespective of limit we impose