I want to be able to use Home, End and Delete keys when using PuTTY to access the CLI on my Cisco ASAs. Currently when I use these keys I see the ~ character.

I have tried changing the PuTTY session Keyboard setting for Home and End from Standard to rxvt - this resulted in Delete giving ~, Home doing nothing at all, and End giving w.

Is it possible to get my keyboard to behave?

I have this all working fine for connections to Linux, but not Cisco devices.

3 Answers 3


In the ASA CLI your home, end and delete functions are replaced by:
Ctrl+A home
Ctrl+E end
Ctrl+D delete

  • +1 Unfortunately Cisco decided they wanted it broken like this.
    – Chris S
    Jun 28, 2012 at 13:34

Set Terminal > Keyboard > The function keys and keypad to "SCO"

  • For Kitty use: Terminal > Keyboard > Home and End keys to xterm
    – User8461
    Nov 3, 2020 at 20:01

Try to change the "Terminal-type string" value to linux or putty in putty session settings (Connection -> Data -> Terminal-type string).

  • Neither option makes any difference when accessing my Cisco devices. I still get ~ for End, Home, and Delete.
    – dunxd
    Jun 27, 2012 at 15:29

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