SQL Server 2014 has many options for creating indexes within SSMS. You can create indexes within SSMS via the Database Engine Tuning Advisor, database diagrams, the Table Designer, and several places within the Object Explorer. The means available from the Object Explorer are the simplest to use and are the focus of this section. The other options are discussed in more detail in related chapters of this book.
Index creation in the Object Explorer is facilitated by the New Index screen. You can launch this screen from SMSS by expanding the database tree in the Object Explorer and navigating to the
Indexes node of the table that you want to add the index to. Then you right-click the
Indexes node, select New Index, and ...