You want to take advantage of your graphical user interface (GUI) to make mysql easier to use.
Use copy and paste to supply mysql with queries to execute. In this way, you can take advantage of your GUI's capabilities to augment the terminal interface presented by mysql.
Copy and paste is useful in a windowing environment that allows you to run multiple programs at once and transfer information between them. If you have a document containing queries open in a window, you can just copy the queries from there and paste them into the window in which you're running mysql. This is equivalent to typing the queries yourself, but often quicker. For queries that you issue frequently, keeping them visible in a separate window can be a good way to make sure they're always at your fingertips and easily accessible.
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