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8.1.1 SQL Query Tab

The SQL query secondary tab opens by default when you make a connection to a server from the Home screen. It includes a query editor area and a toolbar. You can enter SQL statements directly into the query editor area. The statements entered can be saved to a file or snippet for later use. At any point, you can also execute the statements you have entered.

To save a snippet of code entered into the query editor, click Save SQL to Snippets List () from the SQL query toolbar, enter a name (optional), and click OK. The following figure shows the main elements of a query tab.

Figure 8.2 SQL Editor - SQL Query Tab

Query elements include: Execute statement icon, SQL query panel, hide/show options, output (results) grid, output style bar, output log, visual explain (Execution Plan style), and object information.

Executing a SELECT query will display the associated result set in the SQL View panel, directly below the SQL Query panel. These cells are editable if MySQL Workbench is able to determine how, as for example they are editable if a Primary or Unique key exists within the result set. If not, MySQL Workbench will display a "read-only" icon at the bottom-right corner of the SQL View panel, and hovering the mouse cursor over this icon will provide a hint as to why it's not editable.


To quickly enter the name of a table, view, or column, double-click the item in the Schema Palette. The item name will be inserted into the SQL Query panel.

The SQL editor has several configurable panels and tabs, as shown in the previous figure.