When right clicking on the PuTTY icon in the Windows 10 taskbar, I get recent connections. Clicking on one of those just opens the PuTTY main page. Instead of connecting to that connection.

Is it me? How could I change that?

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This is a known issue with PuTTY 0.65 and older on Windows 10. See PuTTY bug win10-jumplists.

It seem to be a bug in Windows 10 triggered by PuTTY using the @ sign at the beginning of its command-line arguments used in jumplist shortcuts.

A workaround for the Windows 10 bug has been implemented and was released with PuTTY 0.66:

Download here:

Note that, it won't magically fix existing pinned sites. You have to re-pin them.

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    Using the development snapshot fixes the problem for me.
    – Kristoffer
    Aug 12, 2015 at 14:10
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    It is still broken for me.
    – hsmiths
    Aug 18, 2015 at 0:00
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    correction: pinned sites are broken, but recent sites work. unpin/repin fixed it.
    – hsmiths
    Aug 19, 2015 at 3:16
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    Sadly it will not work for me :(, tried "re-pinning", still no luck...
    – Jingo
    Sep 15, 2015 at 14:04
  • Yes I did upgrade to the development snapshot. Edit: This is some foul magic, all of a sudden it works... I cant explain why... strange
    – Jingo
    Sep 15, 2015 at 14:15

I also updated to the latest version of Putty (v. 0.67) and found that it still did not work (even after re-pining). However, I realized that I had to remove all my Recent Sessions for it to work properly.

I did the following:

  • Unpin Putty from the taskbar
  • Start Putty and re-pin it to the taskbar.
  • Close Putty
  • Right-click the Putty icon on the taskbar.
  • Right-click each of the items in Recent Sessions and select Remove from this list)

This fixed it for me (all the steps might not be entirely necessary, but better safe than sorry).

  • Actually, if you have too many pinned jumplist items then you won't see any items in the Recent Sessions list. Jun 8, 2016 at 10:17
  • This worked for me even without the last step (putty 0.67, Windows 10)
    – trigras
    Jul 11, 2016 at 7:47
  • Cannot remove recent. Does nothing. The recent sessions I don't mind, but I am not able to pin favorites so they stay at top. WHich is whole reason I investigated this. Small thing but annoying. I am sure the registry prob needs cleanup from previous installs/runs.
    – B. Shea
    Aug 24, 2018 at 14:36

If you find yourself in the same boat as me, which is that updated versions of PuTTy do not fix this issue, you can use the following workaround that I found here:


  • Create a new PuTTY windows shortcut
  • Rename this shortcut to your favorite name.
    • example: dev-db.
  • Right-click on this shortcut and select properties.
  • In the Target field, at the end append “-load putty-session-name”
    • example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY\putty.exe" -load dev-db
  • Right-click the shortcut again and choose "Pin to Taskbar"
  • You can now delete or move the shortcut, if you wish

This will be an additional putty taskbar item if you already had the standard putty pinned to taskbar. Since I only use one putty session every time, I deleted the original putty taskbar pin. If you have multiple connections you want to pin, then you would repeat the above steps for each one and would probably want to change the shortcut icons for each to differentiate.


To fix it you do not only have to install the later Putty version 0.66 or 067, but you have to recreate a new tile in the start menu (pin to the start menu).

Although the old tile starts putty it still opens just the main page. The new pinned putty after installing 0.67 will open the recent connections ok.

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