As you all can see in the image below, the vertical scroll in PuTTY on my old WIN-XP computer is not working.
The vertical scroll-bar is disabled.
This becomes a problem when I enter a command that prints a whole bunch of words, such as HELP in this case or DIR for example.

Scrollback on Putty

These similar questions provided no answers/tips apart from

Is the option "Display scrollbar" enabled?

But I am sure I have it enabled in the settings under the "Window" tab
Is there any other way to enable vertical scrolling or am I doing something wrong?
Using release 0.63...

I have the exact same problem on my WIN-8

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EDIT This problem holds not only for SSH but also Telnet
Are there other users experiencing this problem? Using FreeSSH for my server, which turned out to be the problem

  • Are you SSH-ing into a Windows computer, or what type of connection are you using?
    – heavyd
    Jan 6, 2015 at 17:39
  • @Brian Yes I am using SSH
    – Mramaa
    Jan 6, 2015 at 17:40
  • What version of putty are you using? Does this only happen on windows sessions or does it affect *nix as well? My gut tells me that you're probably running into an issue/limitation of what you're connecting to rather than a problem with your putty install.
    – Foosh
    Jan 6, 2015 at 17:40
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    <nod>, those scrollback settings match mine. Agree @Foosh. Strange that PuTTY wouldn't override scroll settings, though -- it should just be client-side data retention, right?
    – hBy2Py
    Jan 6, 2015 at 17:42
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    That was the missing piece of the puzzle. Here's your question and a possible answer
    – Foosh
    Jan 6, 2015 at 18:08

1 Answer 1


One of the limitations of connecting to Windows machines is that Windows doesn't have the same sense of "terminal" that a *nix machine does (history lessons aside, Windows was built for personal use, *nix was built for shared use). Utilities like FreeSSH try to mimic the terminal capabilities of *nix on Windows but does so imperfectly since it has to do all the rendering server-side. This means of course that the only things PuTTY "sees" is the control characters used to render the contents of the screen rather than the actual characters.

You might be able to work around this by using Cygwin and OpenSSH on the remote machine to get a little closer to *nix-like operation. I have not tried this myself so I do not know how well it would work.

Another option is to use PowerShell Server on the remote server. It seems like it's more fully featured than freessh and is probably the best solution plus it's free for personal use.

Reference questions:

Can't see more than the first few lines in an ssh connection

A decent remote shell from UNIX to Windows?


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