The Login dialog shown on startup lets you open the first session. But with WinSCP you can have several sessions opened at once or close the first session and reuse the window for another.
Once you have opened your first session and the main window shows up, you can open additional sessions using Session > New Session or the corresponding toolbar button or keyboard shortcut. The Login dialog will show. There you can choose some of your sites (stored sessions) or enter the login details manually. To directly open a site, go to Session > Sites (Stored Sessions).
The newly opened session will become active.
You can use WinSCP jump list to reopen recent sessions too.
By default each opened session remembers its own panel state, including focused file and panel sorting. In Commander interface the local panel remembers also the last used local directory for each session. This behaviour can be turned off for both panels, or for local panel only.
To close connection, while keeping the WinSCP opened, go to Session > Disconnect. When you disconnect the last opened session, the Login dialog will automatically show. You need to use it to open another session. If you close it without opening any, WinSCP will close completely.
You can also have session disconnected automatically once an operation finishes.
If you have opened ad hoc session, but then you decide that you want it in site list (stored session list), you can use command Session > Save Session as Site.
Even if the site you are connected to is already stored in the site list, you can use the command to change the site’s initial directories to current ones.
Keyboard shortcuts for session management are the same for both interfaces.
If you like, you can associate color with each session. The color will influence file panels, session tab, as well as session item in opened session drop down menu and in site list. You can associate the color with site on Login dialog. To change color of already opened session go to View > Color in Explorer interface or Options > Color in Commander interface.
You can save all our opened sessions into workspace and restore them later.
Site design by Black Gate