Transparent PuTTY in Windows 7

PuTTY is a terminal client, it does telnet, raw, serial, ssh, rlogin. I’ve only ever used telnet, raw, serial and ssh.

The normal client can be downloaded from http://www.putty.nl

But, maybe you want to make PuTTY prettier?

Like this?:

putty pretty

putty pretty

Well, there are a couple of ways to get the transparency.

  • Get a transparency tool for Windows or your OS that you can use to make anything transparent.
  • If you are in Linux eterm does it – you just need to make some changes to the config.
  • For Windows you can also download PuTTY Tray.

PuTTY Tray is still developed.

Go ahead and download PuTTY Tray, it will re-use the profiles you have already configured with normal PuTTY so don’t worry about losing them.

If you have a profile already set up for PuTTY you can load it and then go and make the changes, don’t forget to save it afterwards :)

Settings:

Window

  • Deselect “show scrollbar” – (you can use shift+pageup/pagedown for that anyway)
  • Set Opacity to 225 as a start – (you will probably alter this later)

Windows -> Appearance

  • Set “gap between text and window edge” to 0

Window -> Behavior

What confused me was that by default PuTTY Tray sends the application to the tray, and not to the activity field. So I thought the program was terminating itself :)

  • To have the program in the activity field you need to set the “show tray icon” to “Always”
  • Also set “accept single-click to restore from tray”.
  • Full screen on alt-enter is also handy to enable here.

That’s it!

Another thing I find handy to write in is to add an “auto-login username” under Connection -> Data. Saves a lot of time if you use the same username a lot.

I only have Windows 7 but I don’t see why this would be different on Windows XP – excepting from the systray behavior then.


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