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

If you use Quick Access Popup on multiple computers or if you want to share your favorites with your friends or colleagues, the new release v8.2.1 is for you!

Version: 8.2.1 (2017-05-19)
*** update recommended for shared menus users ***
- multi-user change collision bug fixed
- add QAP feature to "Add a Shared menu from the catalogue"
- add tip below Shared menu catalogue list about double-click on a line to view the shared menu info
- when create Shared menu, force user to select the Shared menu type (no default type)
- support relative paths and environmenet variables for Shared menu file path
- fix bug in Add/Edit Favorite of type Shared menu when browse for external file and cancel
Version: 8.2 (2017-05-14)
Shared menus revamped
- three type of Shared menus
  1) Personal: menu shared on different computers by the same user
  2) Collaborative: menu on a shared drive for a team or a workgroup (every member can edit the menu)
  3) Centralized: menu on a shared drive maintained by one or more menu administrator(s)
- new "Shared menu" tab in shared menu favorites to select shared menu type (radio buttons), name and options
- options for "Centralized" shared menus: list of users with right to edit the shared menu (coma separated list), message about shared menu access shown to users without access
- Shared menu options are saved in the "[Global]" section of the share menu ini file, in variables "MenuName", "WriteAccessUsers", "WriteAccessMessage" and "MenuType"
- in favorites list, display Shared menu name and display "Read-only" if current user does not have write access to the centralized menu
- when adding a Shared menu, get the favorite name from the menu ini file if the variable "MenuName" exists
- deprecate the option "Number of the first favorite" in shared menu files (now favorites always starting at 1 but starting number in old menu are still supported)
Shared menus catalogue
- new option in "General" tab to "Enable Shared Menu Catalogue" and select the "Catalogue root folder"
- when user adds a Shared menu and when the catalogue is enabled, give user the option to select the Shared menu from a dialog box
- new Shared menu dialog box containing the shared menu files under the catalogue root with menu names, paths and checkboxes to select menu(s) to add to QAP popup menu
- in Shared menu dialog box, button "Add selected shared menu(s)" to add selected menu(s) from catalogue to the QAP menu at the current menu and position in favorites list
- in Shared menu dialog box, button "Add another shared menu" to browse the file system for any Shared menu settings file and add it to current position in favorites list
- in Shared menu dialog box, respond to double-click on a row by showing Shared menu info and a button to open the settings file in a text editor if it is not read-only
- new "ExternalMenusCataloguePathReadOnly" variable (in QAP ini file only) to prevent user from changing the catalogue root folder when value is 1, and display an error message if user tries to change the root if read-only
Shared menus mutli-user edition
- alert message when user tries to edit an external menu that was modified by another user or on another computer, based on last modification date-time
- reserve external menu when user loads a Shared menu in Settings or when user add or move favorites to a Shared menu, user and computer name are savec in the Shared menu variable "MenuReservedBy"
- release Shared menu reservation when user saves or cancels settings changes or quits QAP
- store and read last modified date in Shared menu ini file and update it only when favorites or external menu properties are changed, not when only reserved without changes
- in "About" dialog box, display user name and computer name
Other changes
- new Alternative menu QAP features "Open the Containing Folder in the Current Window" and "Open the Containing Folder in a New Window" to open the folder containing the selected document, application  or folder favorite in the current window or in a new window
- in Export file name, translate placeholder "%A_Now%" to current local date-time and "%A_NowUTC%" to current Coordinated Universal Time (based on computer time), using "YYYYMMDDHH24MISS" format
- in "Import/Export Settings", remember lats destination file in quickaccesspopup.ini when exporting and restore last used file name in when exporting settings
- in "Live folders", exclude folders with the Hidden (H) attribute (keeping those having System attribute without the Hidden attribute)
- enlarge submenus dropdown lists to 500 px in "Add/Edit Favorite" dialog box
- disable the popup menu during settings saving
- remove Patreon donation option; add Paypal links to make donations in EUR and CAD funds
- update to Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese language files
Bug fixes and improvements
- fix bug in Setup program when updating QAP causing QAP Explorer context menus to be re-enabled even if user turned them off in Settings
- fix bug "Open this menu" button missing in "Edit favorite" dialog box for Shared menus favorites

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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