Guake style terminal with Putty in Windows

Drop-down terminal with Putty in Windows
Drop-down terminal with Putty in Windows

Guake is a drop-down terminal inspired from video games (like Quake) for Linux GNOME environment, the main feature it’s that a hotkey brings up the terminal window wherever you are on the desktop, it’s a fast way to access your terminal. We will setup this feature on Microsoft Windows with AutoHotkeyPutty and putty-quake-terminal autohotkey script.

1. Download and install AutoHotKey
2. Download Putty (putty.exe) and copy to C:\Windows
3. Download putty-quake-terminal and unzip
4. (Optional) Edit putty-quake-console.ini and modify settings
5. Launch putty-quake-console.ahk, login with Putty and press the hotkey (default F12) to toggle.

Optional ( with auto login )

When starting putty-quake-console.ahk Putty will pop-up and you need to select a session, if you would like to auto login go to /microsoft/windows/ssh-auto-login-with-putty-from-windows/ select a method and modify putty_args from putty-quake-console.ini.

Enable auto login in Windows 7, 8 and 10

1. Press ⊞ Windows key + R and type netplwiz
2. Uncheck “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” and click apply.

Windows netplwiz, uncheck users must enter user and password
Windows netplwiz, uncheck users must enter user and password

3. Enter user name and password, click ok and restart the PC.

Windows netplwiz, automatically sign in
Windows netplwiz, automatically sign in