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Here's the deal with how PuTTY loads and saves settings

It is necessary to select a so-called "session" in the PuTTY interface (within the "Session" tab of the left-hand navigation) before doing loading OR saving. In other words, highlight the "Default Settings" entry, click "Load", make all your customizations and THEN highlight "Default Settings" AGAIN before clicking "Save".

Now, when you want to create a new session with those settings, highlight "Default Settings", click "Load", CHANGE THE SESSION NAME (which is not labelled, and appears just above the saved sessions list), and then click "Save".

Just remember that rule: every time you load or save, the session on which to operate must be selected in that list.

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