If you are using Windows, you can start and stop the MySQL service just like any other service.
Open a cmd window and type:
> net stop MySQL > net start MySQL
Where MySQL is the name of the MySQL service.
On Linux you can do something like this:
# /etc/init.d/mysqld start # /etc/init.d/mysqld stop # /etc/init.d/mysqld restart
Fedora / Red Hat also support this:
# service mysqld start # service mysqld stop # service mysqld restart