If you open up a lot of PuTTY windows just to keep connections open, you might be interested in an updated version that supports minimizing to the system tray. I find this very useful for opening tunnels that I wouldn’t otherwise need to interact with on the desktop.

This new version also supports some really great options, including auto-reconnect, transparency and hyperlinking support.

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If you open up the settings window and go to Window \ Behaviour, you can change some interesting settings.

The first setting I’d recommend is to check the box for “Accept single-click to restore from tray”, which makes it much easier to restore the PuTTY window.

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If you change “Show tray icon” to Always, PuTTY will only minimize to the tray while holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the Minimize button.

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The transparency support can be turned on under Window \ Window transparency options. Just change the number to something less than 255 and click Apply.

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Not entirely useful… but interesting.

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This is a great update, well worth switching over to.

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