I’ve been using Putty for SSH for over a year now. I really haven’t changed the default settings since using it. After having to live in SSH the last couple of weeks, I got seriously tired of the black background and dark blue colors. SO annoying. I tried to do a lot of research on how to change it via SSH and profiles and .dircolors. It just wasn’t working. I could get it to work temporarily when I sourced a file once but it never stuck. Tried it through Putty as well, but again, it never worked or the color scheme was replaced when I logged out and logged in. I was finally able to figure out what buttons to push and in what order thanks to one ServerFault thread that kind of shed light on it. Here’s how:
- Open up the Putty Config window.
- If you have previous saved sessions, load them.
- In the navigation to the left, locate the “Colours” area under “Window” and click on it.
- Change all your colors you want. I just used the “Use System Colours” option and called it good.
- Go back to the Sessions window and hit “Save”. REMEMBER THIS STEP.
- Go ahead and log in if you need to.
Using the System colours means a white background and no blue from what I’ve seen. I just couldn’t handle the black/blue. It hurt the eyes!!