I've used PuTTY to connect via SSH to my FreeBSD- and Ubuntu-servers for several years, and I always move the cursor by using the keyboard. However, I wonder if it's possible to move the cursor in PuTTY by clicking on a target position with the mouse? It could be useful sometimes while editing files in nano etc.


This needs to be supported by each program separately, and I'm not sure if any shells support mouse...

In nano, add set mouse to your ~/.nanorc.

  • Cool, it works through PuTTY in nano! :-) – poplitea Nov 30 '12 at 19:24
  • :set mouse=a does the same thing in vim. – DaoWen May 22 '15 at 0:17

This is in case controlled by the option Terminal | Features | Disable xterm-style mouse reporting from Putty's configuration dialog. If it's disabled, the mouseclicks are reported, otherwise they're not.

Many curses-like programs like elinks, vim and such also support the mouse in this way, sometimes even including the scroll wheel. Kinda cool, actually. :o)

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