Configuring and using PuTTY

After you have downloaded putty.exe, run it. You should then be presented with a window that looks like this:

Pic of the PuTTY Configuration window

The following steps will configure PuTTY to connect directly to and make the terminal behave in expected ways. The instructions for port forwarding in the mail and uploading sections of the support pages will assume that you have completed these steps.

  1. Click on the "Keyboard" category under the "Terminal" category on the left hand side. If you do not see a "Keyboard" category, click on the + beside the "Terminal" category to expand that tree.

    Pic of selecting the Keyboard category

  2. Set the behaviour of the Backspace key to Control-H by clicking the appropriate radio button.

    Pic of setting BS

  3. Click on the "Selection" category under the "Window" category on the left hand side.

    Pic of selecting the Selection category

  4. Set the Action of mouse buttons to xterm by clicking the appropriate radio button. (This is done to prevent accidentally pasting into the terminal when one may not be expecting it)

    hot xterm action

  5. Click on the "Connection" category.

    Connection category pic

  6. Now click in the text box beside where it says "Auto-login username" and type in your username.

    username entry pic yay

  7. Now go to the SSH category in the Connection category.

    Go SSH!

  8. Set the preferred SSH protocol version to 2.

    How come there's nothing good on the radio these days?

  9. Follow these steps:
    Step 1:Return to the Session category.
    Step 2:Type "" without the quotes in the "Host Name (or IP address)" text box.
    Step 3:Set the Protocol: to SSH.
    Step 4:Type "yip" without the quotes in the text box under Saved Sessions.
    Step 5:Click the Save button.

    5 easy steps.

  10. Now you should be able to click "Open" to connect to using ssh.

    Bonus step: If you make a shortcut to PuTTY and add " @yip" without the quotes to the end of the Target line, it will automatically attempt to connect to with your username without having to deal with the configuration dialog box. For full details, visit the PuTTY documentation website.

    Return to the list of ssh clients, or return to the PuTTY port-forwarding config.