Quick Access Popup v8
Speed up your work with this multi-purpose launcher and folder switcher! Freeware for Windows.

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Easy one-step installation

  1. Download, execute this exe file and just follow the setup instructions.
  2. Enjoy!

If you get a virus or malware alert from your anti-virus or protection software about Quick Access Popup being a potential threat, this is not the case (you can trust me… or read this setup file anti-virus report by VirusTotal.com :-). Please, also read this post: How can I use QAP if an anti-virus is blocking its download or its execution?.

Portable installation

If you prefer to use Quick Access Popup in “portable” mode, download and unzip this file and follow these instructions: How can I install Quick Access Popup to make it fully portable?. This will, for example, allow you to run Quick Access Popup from an external drive or USB key. And don't forget to turn auto-startup on and enable check for updates to stay up-to-date! See the ZIP file anti-virus report from VirusTotal.com.

What's new

Version: 8.0.4 (2017-01-11)
- v8.0.4: fix bug in Manage Hotkeys list not retrieving correct favorite on double-click
- v8.0.4: alert about menu shortcuts to user when inserting ampersand (&) in short name for the menu
- v8.0.4: update to Chinese and French language file
- v8.0.3: fix small issue with check for update command
- v8.0.2: fix Settings dialog box issue with Chinese translation
- v8.0.2: update to Sweeden, Italian, Portuguese, French and Spanish language files
- v8.0.1: update current year in About dialog box
- v8.0.1: add NbLiveFolderItemsMax default value to QuickAccessPopup.ini to make it easier to change this value
- v8.0.1: links updated in Support freeware dialog box
Version: 8 (2017-01-03)
Live Folder options
- To enable a Live Folder favorite, add or edit a Folder favorite and go to the new tab "Live Folders Options". In this tab you can select:
  - the checkbox "Live Folder" to transform this favorite into a menu (and submenus) refreshed with the current content of the folder (and its subfolders)
  - an option to set the "Number of subfolders levels to include in the Live Folder menu" (1 by default - keep it low for large folders)
  - an option to "Include Documents" in the Live Folder
  - an option to "Include" or "Exclude" documents by file extensions
  - an option to split Live Folder menu in columns of a given "Number of items per column (0 for no column break)"
- Add the new QAP Feature "Refresh Live Folders menus" to your menu to refresh Live Folder on-demand (normally, Live Folder menus are refreshed when you launch QAP of when you save changes in Settings)
- QAP adds items to Live Folders up to a maximum of 500 items; if this number is exceeded, it displays an alert message
- You can edit a Live Folder favorite in the "Settings" window or using the Alternative menu "Edit a Favorite" (Shift+Middle Mouse Button or Shift+Win+W) and also by clicking any item in a Live Folder menu with Shift+Ctrl menu modifiers pressed
- More info: http://www.quickaccesspopup.com/can-a-menu-be-updated-as-the-content-of-a-folder-changes/
New menu icons
- QAP now uses new color icons from the shared file JLicons.dll installed with QAP
- In "Easy Setup" mode, this file JLicons.dll is saved in the shared applications folder "C:\ProgramData\JeanLalonde"
- In "Portable" mode, the file JLicons.dll is included in the portable ZIP file and must be kept in the same folder as QAP executable file
- This change frees QAP from its dependency on Windows files shell32.dll and imageres.dll
- Using this icons library, menu icons can now be enabled on Windows Server versions.
- Icons from: www.icons8.com
Manage Icons
- The new "Manage Icons" dialog box gives an overview of your current favorites menu icons with buttons to pick a new icon or reset the default icon for each favorite
- Click the new button "Icons" in the Settings window (lower right) or add to your menu the QAP Feature named "Icons"
- In Options (General tab), the numeric value "Manage Icons window rows" alloow to set the height of the window in case the height is calculated based on inaccurate info returned by Windows (this happens sometimes)
Various improvements
Settings window
- New color buttons in Settings window and a new option (first tab) to "Use  classic QAP buttons" (black & white) if you prefer the old style buttons
- Stop rebuilding all menus after each add or edit favorite
- Replace the "Save" button in Settings with two buttons: "Save & Close" and "Save & Reload", the latter keeping the Settings window open after reloading the menu (this replaces holding the Shift or Alt modifier keys when clicking the Save button in previous versions)
- When changes are unsaved in the Settings window, if the QAP menu is called or if a favorite is launched via hokey, QAP will prompt user for one of these actions: "Save" - save settings, "Settings" - go to settings or "Cancel" - just cancel the requested action
- Add a confirmation prompt before deleting a group in Settings
Manage Hotkeys window
- New item order column in Hotkeys list to sort initialy favorites with hotkeys following the QAP menu order
- Stop displaying group members in Hotkeys list (this was useless since hotkeys could not be assigned to individual group members)
- In the "Change hotkey" dialog box, new links "Enter" and "Escape" allow to select Enter or Escape as hotkey (idealy associated with keyboard modifiers like Shift, Alt or Ctrl)
Shared menus
- When saving a Shared menu settings file, compare the last modified date after saving and display an error message if the date was not updated (probably because the target file is read-only)
- Display an error message if a new Shared menu settings file cannot be created (probably because the target folder is read-only)
- Automatically append the .ini extension when selecting a Shared menu settings file
- Note that Quick Access Popup still does not manage conflicts if a Shared menu is modified by different users at the same time (see Shared menu help page for more info)
Other improvements
- New option in Options window (Menu hotkeys tab) to enable left or right double Ctrl hotkey (press left or right Control key twice) to open main QAP menu
- Add .cmd extension to the list of supported application extensions (with .exe, .com, .bat, .ahk and .vbs) when adding a favorite by drag and drop or using Explorer context menus
- Append .ini extension if destination export file has no extension when exporting settings
- Replace the "QAP working" notification when rebuilding menu with a small popup message listing the updated menus, close to mouse cursor location
- Record Windows Explorer window position when adding a folder from Windows Explorer context menu (allowing to restore this window position in the "Window Options" tab when launching the folder)
- Add to QuickAccessPopup.ini the setting "AlternativeTrayIcon" under "[Global]" section to set a tray icon replacement (replacement file must be an .ico file)
- In Options, General tab, the new checkbox "Add automatically at the top of menu" makes sure favorites added automatically with "Add this folder", "Add this folder Express" or "Add favorite" from Windows Explorer context menus are added at the top of main menu (by default they are added at the top and, if unchecked, they are added at the bottom)
- Support the new placeholder "{CUR_LOC}" in folder, document and application favorites locations allowing to create favorite with a location relative to the folder where the QAP menu is opened
- Add up/down buttons to numeric values in various settings in Options and Add/Edit favorite windows
- When installing an update with the "Easy Setup" mode, reduce the number of pages (clicks) in setup procedure from 7 to 3
Bug fixes
- Fix bug working directory not being shown in edit favorite advanced setting tab for application favorites
- Changes made in Hotkeys list window are now properly cancelled if user cancels changes in Settings window
- Fix bug when editing a QAP Feature or Special folder favorite from Alternative menu, QAP Feature or Special folders drop down list is now correctly initialized
Language updates
- Update to Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Chineese (TW), Brazilian-Portuguese and German language files

See version history in the change log.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

  • Quick Access Popup was designed for all international versions of Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10, both client and server versions, with Explorer windows, File Dialog Boxes (Open, Save, etc.*), Console Window (CMD command prompt) and many popular alternative file managers.
  • Users of Windows XP and Windows Vista are invited to use Folders Popup, previous version of Quick Access Popup, that is still supported for these OS.

* Quick Access Popup can change folders in software that use the standard Windows file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.). Most software do. See how to activate this feature: Can I change folders in file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.)?

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