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How to Import a Single Button Bar into SecureCRT

The following steps show you how to import a single button bar into SecureCRT.

All button bar configurations are stored in a single file found in SecureCRT's configuration folder. In version 8.7.x, the file name is ButtonBarV5.ini.

If you would like to "import" a single button bar definition into your SecureCRT version 8.7.x, then you would edit the ButtonBarV5.ini file and add the corresponding data block representing the button bar configuration you'd like to add; this would need to be shared with you by someone who already had the specific button bar present in their configuration.

For example, the button bar shown in the Keyword Highlighting in SecureCRT video on our YouTube channel would look like this in the ButtonBarV5.ini file:

Z:"Keyword HL Video BBar"=00000007
 SEND,sh ip int br\\r,ip br,,,0,4,
 SEND,configure terminal\\r,conf t,,,0,7,
 SEND,ip dhcp pool dhcp-clients\\r,dhcp,,,0,2,


  • The button bar has been renamed to Keyword HL Video BBar in order to avoid likely conflicts with existing button bars already defined in your ButtonBarV5.ini file.
  • In the above example button bar, there are eight total lines: One representing the name of the button bar along with the number of buttons on it (in HEX), and seven subsequent lines representing the individual buttons themselves — each of these seven subsequent lines has a leading space character.
Keyword Highlighting Video Button Bar

To import this button bar to your SecureCRT configuration, follow these steps:

  1. Back up your SecureCRT configuration in case something goes wrong for you during your efforts below.
  2. Identify where your SecureCRT configuration folder lives. Options / Global Options / Configuration paths is a great place to start.
  3. Close all instances of SecureCRT that are currently running — this will ensure that your work editing the ButtonBarV5.ini file will not be undone as soon as you close SecureCRT.
  4. Edit the ButtonBarV5.ini file found in your configuration folder. Paste the text you see in the Code block above to the very end of your ButtonBarV5.ini file on its own line.
  5. Save your changes to the ButtonBarV5.ini file and launch SecureCRT. You should now see a button bar named "Keyword HL Video BBar".
  6. Edit the "ena" button to replace the "YOUR_ENABLE_PASSWORD_HERE" text with your actual enable password since this is unlikely to work for you otherwise.

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