How to Set the Window Title in PuTTY Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 07 JUL 2015

The free Telnet/SSH client PuTTY is an essential daily tool for me at work, what with all the Linux servers I routinely have to jump into and work on.

The default behaviour for PuTTY after logging into a server is for the terminal window’s title to be set by the server being communicated with – usually a combination of the currently logged in username and the server’s hostname or IP address.

A nice little trick however, if you want more human friendly window titles to work with (i.e., so you don’t get confused by the 10 open clients you have at any one time), is to force the Window Title to something you define – you know, like the actual project name that the server hosts.

To do this is pretty simple.

First, load the session whose window title you want to set. Click on the Terminal->Features menu item on the left and tick (enable) “Disable remote-controlled window title changing”. Next, go to the Window->Behaviour menu item and then enter your desired window title in the “Window title” field.

Go back to the session window and save your changes.

As easy as that! :)

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Related Link: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

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