I wonder... How many queries, percentage wise, would actually be ordered by an identity column [which is just an arbitrary value, often used only to enable optimistic update] as the first key, such that the noted technique would be valid?

Regards, Chuck

Mike Eovino wrote:
By any chance, does your table have an identity column? If so, you
can note the identity value of the last record on the page, then do
all subsequent selects where > or < the ID. We've started doing that
in tables we create. <<SNIP>>

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