Query output zooms off the top of your screen before you can see it.
Tell mysql to display output a page at a time, or run mysql in a window that allows scrollback.
If a query produces many lines of output, normally they just scroll right off the top of the screen. To prevent this, tell mysql to present output a page at a time by specifying the --pager option. --pager=program tells mysql to use a specific program as your pager:
 The --pager option is not available under Windows.
% mysql --pager=/usr/bin/less
--pager by itself tells mysql to use your default pager, as specified in your PAGER environment variable:
% mysql --pager
If your PAGER variable isn't set, you must either define it or use the first form of the command to specify a pager program explicitly. To define PAGER, use the instructions in Recipe 1.9 for setting environment variables.
Within a mysql session, you can turn paging on and off using P and . P without an argument enables paging using the program specified in your PAGER variable. P with an argument enables paging using the argument as the name of the paging program:
mysql> P PAGER set to /bin/more mysql> P /usr/bin/less PAGER set to /usr/bin/less mysql> PAGER set to stdout
Output paging was introduced in MySQL 3.23.28.
Another way to deal with long result sets is to use a terminal program that allows you to scroll back through previous output. Programs such as xterm for the X Window System, Terminal for Mac OS X, MacSSH or BetterTelnet for Mac OS, or Telnet for Windows allow you to set the number of output lines saved in the scrollback buffer. Under Windows NT, 2000, or XP, you can set up a DOS window that allows scrollback using the following procedure:
Now you should be able to launch the shortcut to get a scrollable DOS window that allows output produced by commands in that window to be retrieved by using the scrollbar.
Using the mysql Client Program
Writing MySQL-Based Programs
Record Selection Techniques
Working with Strings
Working with Dates and Times
Sorting Query Results
Modifying Tables with ALTER TABLE
Obtaining and Using Metadata
Importing and Exporting Data
Generating and Using Sequences
Using Multiple Tables
Introduction to MySQL on the Web
Incorporating Query Resultsinto Web Pages
Processing Web Input with MySQL
Using MySQL-Based Web Session Management
Appendix A. Obtaining MySQL Software
Appendix B. JSP and Tomcat Primer
Appendix C. References