Thanks for the reply, but oh my goodness!
That bit about me saying I'm a born again newbie.........
Okay, so I can create a text file of MySQL statements and then link to that with one statement referencing that text file.
Erm...but if it keeps timing out am I not just finding another way to repeat the problem ?
I'm not sure what information you were wishing for me to read on that link, but after reading it all I'd like to change my status to a lower level than that of a newbie.
Seriously though, I can create the relevant code for doing basic commands within My SQL, but I have no idea how to make it interogate the single backup file I have exported from my host to my PC without it placing that file into tables and contents within the local phpmyadmin in the first place which is what my problem is - I can't "import" that single file to start with.
And what option should I be selecting for the "Character Set" ?
Sorry to be a pain and I appreciate your help.