Where did the summary pane go in SQL Server 2008 Management Studio? have you ever thought,
"I used the summary pane in SQL Server 2005 Management Studio all the time and really miss it. In the 2008 version, the area is blank. What a dumb move"...
I have; but recently I discovered the secret. In the 2008 version of SQL Server Management Studio, not only did they (Microsoft) change the default visibility of the summary pane, they also renamed it, making it very difficult to find the dad-gummed thing so that you can turn it back on.
It is now called the "Object Explorer Details" pane and you can enable it by pressing [F7] or clicking "View | Object Explorer Details" from the menu.