I need to copy colored text from PuTTY window without losing color information. Console is in UTF-8 mode. What is the best method? Any parsable output will do.

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Change Settings... > Window / Selection

At the bottom of the PuTTY Configuration dialog is a section "Formatting of pasted characters".
Tick the checkbox for Paste to clipboard in RTF as well as plain text,

Click Apply, then select your text and paste it somewhere.


Looks like this option has moved to a submenu since the answer was posted in 2010.

In 2020, I have Putty Release 0.74:

Window->selection->copy->Copy to clipboard in RTF as well as plain text Animated GIF showing steps

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    Also be aware that you need to restart a Putty session for this setting to work.
    – JayMore
    Commented Nov 24, 2020 at 7:55

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