The Navigator contains options to manage the active MySQL connection, and also lists the schemas available to that connection.
The Schemata list shows available schemata on the currently connected server. These can be explored to show tables, views, and routines within the schema.
It is possible to set a schema as the default schema by
right-clicking the schema and selecting the Set As
Default Schema menu item. This executes a
statement so that subsequent statements without schema
qualifiers are executed against this schema. This setting
applies only to the query session. To set a default schema for
multiple MySQL Workbench sessions, you must set the default schema
for the stored connection. From the Home screen, right-click on
a MySQL connection, choose Edit
Connection, and set the desired default schema on
the Default Schema box.
The selected schema is displayed as
the Schema navigator.
Double-clicking a table, view, or column name in the schemata explorer inserts the name into the SQL Query area. This reduces typing significantly when entering SQL statements containing references to several tables, views, or columns.
The Schema Navigator also features a context menu which can be displayed by right-clicking an object. For example, right-clicking a table displays the following menu items:
Select Rows - Limit 1000: Pulls up to 1000 rows of table data from the live server into a Results tabsheet, and enables editing. Data can be saved directly to the live server.
Table Inspector: Displays table
information, similar to the
Inspector. This also has a simpler and easier to
use interface for analyzing and creating indexes for tables.
Copy to Clipboard: There are various submenus, each of which copies information to the clipboard:
Name (short): Copies the table name.
Name (long): Copies the qualified table name in the form
Select All Statement: Copies a statement to select all columns in this form:
SELECT `table`.`column1`, `table`.`column2`, ... FROM `schema`.`table`;
Insert Statement: Copies an
statement to insert all columns.
Update Statement: Copies an
statement to update all columns.
Delete Statement: Copies a
statement in the form
Create Statement: Copies a
statement in the form
Delete with References: Copies a
DELETE statement, in the form of a
transaction, that deletes all objects that reference the
row (directly or indirectly).
Use Select with References first to preview this operation.
Select with References: Copies a
SELECT statement that selects all
objects that reference the row (directly or indirectly).
Use Delete with References to generate a DELETE statement for this operation.
Send to SQL Editor: Provides functionality similar to Copy to Clipboard. However, this item inserts the SQL code directly into the SQL Query panel, where it can be edited further as required.
Create Table: Launches a dialog to enable you to create a new table.
Create Table Like...: Launches a dialog to enable you to create a new table, and to also apply predefined templates. For additional information, see Section 8.6, “Table Templates”.
Alter Table...: Displays the table editor loaded with the details of the table.
Table Maintenance: Opens a new tab for performing table maintenance operations. Operations include "Analyze Table", "Optimize Table", "Check Table", and "Checksum Table". Additional information about the table may also be viewed from this tab. For additional information, see Schema Inspector.
Drop Table...: Drops the table. All data in the table will be lost if this operation is carried out.
Truncate Table...: Truncates the table.
Search Table Data...: Opens a new tab for performing table searches. It performs a search on all columns, and offers additional options to limit the search.
Refresh All: Refreshes all schemata in the explorer by resynchronizing with the server.
Right-clicking on a schema provides similar options to the table context menu described above, but the operations refer to the Schema. For example, the Table Maintenance in the table context menu selects the table in the Schema Inspector, which is a schema context menu option.