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I must keep a table's columns as specified in a specification that changes quite often.

In MySQL Workbench, adding a new columns after all the others is easy, but I can't find a way to insert a new column where I want.
It is a problem, because I want to keep the columns ordered just like in the specification.

So I do it the painful way:

  1. Create the new column at the bottom
  2. Repeat Right-click-"Move up" tens of times to crawl my way up to the desired position

I am sure there is a more efficient way to achieve this?
Even a shortcut to avoid the right-click would save me a lot of time.

Thanks a lot!

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Add it using ALTER TABLE ADD ... FIRST? dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/alter-table.html –  pascal Jul 28 '10 at 8:57
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As pascal says, mysql specifically allows this - but an important feature of a relational database is that neither column nor row order is implicitly maintained for a table. –  symcbean Jul 28 '10 at 11:19
    
MySQL Workbench's .mwb file contains all of the database's design. If I use an SQL command, the column will be added in the database, but it will be overwritten/erased/replaced very soon. I want the columns info to be stored in the design file. I understand order is not important to the database engine, but order is somehow maintained by MySQL Workkbench, which is very convenient for maintainability. Thanks for the feedback! –  Nicolas Raoul Jul 29 '10 at 1:07

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OK, I have found! It is so easy I am ashamed I didn't find earlier...

Plain old drag and drop.

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![MySQL Software version: 5.5.27 -][1]

supporting adding columns at our desired places,under table->structure through GUI(Graphical User Interface)

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Did you mean to create a link? –  Nicolas Raoul Mar 7 '13 at 12:27

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