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.

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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, 2012 at 19:24
  • :set mouse=a does the same thing in vim.
    – DaoWen
    May 22, 2015 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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