Asymmetric Keys Editor (SQL Server)

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The Asymmetric Keys Editor lets you view and modify asymmetric key properties.

To edit an asymmetric key

  1. Open an editor on the asymmetric key. For details, see Opening an Object Editor.
  2. Use the following table as a guide to understanding and modifying the settings on the tabs of this editor:
Tab Settings and tasks


This tab lets you view all properties assigned when the asymmetric key was created. For more information, see Asymmetric Keys (SQL Server) - Properties. In addition, this tab lets you modify the following properties: Authorization Owner - the AUTHORIZATION argument. Change Encryption Mechanism - activates the Encryption Type control, letting you change the encryption method used for this certificate. Encryption Type - lets you select among encryption using the MASTER KEY, a USER_PASSWORD, or NONE. Encryption Password and Decryption Password - available if you select an Encryption Type of USER_PASSWORD, they lets you provide the specific encryption/decryption passwords.

DDL View

For details on using this tab, see Viewing the SQL/DDL for an Object.

3. When finished, you can submit your changes. For details, see Previewing and Submitting Object Editor Changes.