What's new in version 8.7?

Repeat Last Actions

You can now reopen a recently opened favorite in the Repeat Last Actions menu. If this menu is not already in your popup menu, add this new QAP Feature favorite.

More info: Can I repeat or reopen one of the last favorites I selected recently?

Recent Files

The new Recent Files menu lists the recent documents memorized by Windows.

More info: From where comes the content of the Recent folders and Recent files menus?

Attached Drives and Recent items menus

You now have the option to display the Drives, Recent Folders and Recent Files menus as part of the QAP popup menu, as normal "attached" submenus (as illustrated in the previous screen capture).

More info: Can I display the Drives, Recent Folders and Recent Files menus attached to the popup menu?

Russian Keyboards

In previous versions, launching QAP on a system with Russian keyboard was giving error messages and configuration issues making the app unusable. Starting with this version, changes has been made to QAP code when running with Russian keyboard.

More info: Can QAP run on Russian keyboards?

PowerShell support

Sysadmin love it! You can use QAP to change folder in the Windows Console (CMD command line utility) since its very first version. But now, you can also popup the QAP menu over the newer PowerShell application to change to a favorite folder in a snap.

More info: Can I change folder in Windows command line CMD or PowerShell?

Ghost Settings window

Each time you exit Quick Access Popup, the position of the application is saved in the settings file and restored the next time you launch it. The most probable explanation for the Settings window to "disappear" is that you changed your screen configuration and the last position of the Settings window is now not visible on your current screen(s) configuration.

More info: QAP is running but my Settings window disappeared. What happened?

What's new in Quick Access Popup v8.6?

Add This Link

The QAP Feature Add This Folder has been renamed Add this Folder or Link and now detects URL locations in browsers as well as folder locations in supported file managers. When adding a link, QAP retrieves the web page title automatically as default favorite name. Also, when adding or editing a favorite link, a button allows to retrieve the page title from the web page.

Copy Multiple Favorites

You can now copy multiple favorites to any other menu. You can copy any type of favorite, except menus and groups.

Text Separators

A new favorite type Text Separator allows to insert text entries as headers or sub-headers in the QAP menu. Selecting these entries in the menu has no effect.

A new "T" icon in the left column of Settings window can be clicked to add Text Separators.

By default, Text Separators have no icon but you can add icons to separators in the Menu Options tab.

Favorites Icon management

Favorites may now have no icons. In Add/Edit favorite dialog box Menu Options tab, a new link labeled no icon selects the "no icon pseudo-icon" (the "forbidden" sign with a diagonal bar). This could allow you to create more compact submenus.

Unicode conversion of Settings file

QAP now save its settings (QuickAccessPopup.ini) with Unicode encoding, allowing more international and special characters to be saved in favorites location, snippets content or favorites names. QAP still supports existing settings file saved in ANSI encoding but it offers to do the conversion when QAP is loaded. If settings file is encoded in ANSI, QAP displays a dialog box offering the user to:

  1. convert its settings file to Unicode encoding (for better int'l and special characters support);
  2. not convert (value DoNotConvertSettingsToUnicode=1 is added to settings to remember this choice);
  3. or ask again at next startup.

This FAQ web page provides more explanation and help.

Can I change folder in Windows command line CMD or PowerShell?

Sysadmin love it! Yes, you can popup the QAP menu over the Windows Console (CMD command line utility) and the newer PowerShell application (starting with QAP v8.7).

To change folder in these applications, click the Middle Mouse Button over the CMD or PowerShell window (or activate the window and hit Windows + W) and select a folder in your popup menu. The folder will be sent to the target window with the appropriate command to change folder in CMD or PowerShell.

Users of international Windows versions who had issues with accentuated characters not being sent properly to the CMD window, this issue has been solved in v8.7.

What's new in Quick Access Popup v8.4 and v8.5?

In my view, every QAP user should upgrade to v8.5! This page tells you why. The v8.5 release fixes some annoying bugs. It makes available new features that I wonder why I did not code them before and it takes the recent Snippets feature to a more mature development stage!

Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box

First, a new feature often requested: the Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box. This new QAP Feature will instantly take your File Open or File Save (etc.) dialog box to the folder currently displayed in the active (or last active) Windows Explorer window (Directory Opus and Total Commander are also supported). This is so convenient! Before, you had to use the Reopen a Folder and select the active folder in the submenu. Now, it is a one click action!

This new QAP feature can be added to any menu: Add favorite, select the QAP Feature type and, in the features dropdown list, select Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box. This menu item will be added automatically to the My QAP Essentials menu (as shown beside) for new installations ONLY. Existing users must add it themselves. I assigned the default keyboard shortcut Shift + Ctrl + C to this QAP feature (and reassigned the Clipboard menu shortcut to Shift + Ctrl + V).

New hotkey Menu key

QAP v8.5 now makes good use of the Menu key (also known as Context menu key or Application key) that can serve as keyboard trigger to popup the QAP menu or to launch any other favorite. Not all keyboard have this key (normally, it is somewhere to the right of the space bar). If all keyboards had this key, I would make it the default QAP menu keyboard trigger instead of Win + W. But I will let you decide if you want to use it for this menu or for other favorites. Note that this hotkey can be combined with one or more keyboard modifiers (Shift, Ctrl, Alt or Win).

To select the Menu key, in the Select Hotkey dialog box, click on the menu key (application) link below the key selector (as shown beside) and take note that this key is shown as "Application" in the key selector.

Snippets user interface improved

Text and macro snippets were introduced in QAP v7.2. I made some adjustment to this feature in the subsequent releases but, in my opinion, it was still at "first generation" stage. Now, with the improvements in release v8.5, this feature got some maturity.

The main areas of improvement is in the user interface by allowing you to choose the font size of the snippet content, giving to it a better readability. Developers using snippets to store pieces of code will also like the option to display the content in fixed width.

Finally, for snippets longer that a line or two, the possibility to enlarge the text box with the + sign (next to the font size selector) will give more screen real estate to your snippet content. Of course, the - sign will revert this and show the help text again.

Since each snippet is different, display options are saved with each snippet. Also, you can configure the default values for snippets in Options, general tab.

More info about snippets in these new FAQ pages:

Changes in prevsion version (v8.4)

For those who missed v8.4, you will appreciate the Always on top option if you use frequently drag-and-drop to add favorites in the Settings window. Also, info was added about Shared menus in the Help window and help balloons now appear when you mouse over left column buttons in the Settings window.

Change log

Many other small improvements were introduced and bugs fixed in these releases. Here is the complete list of changes.

Version: 8.5 (2017-09-04)
  
Menu key
- you can now use the Menu key (also called Context menu key or Application key) to pop up the QAP menu or launch any favorite
- to select the Menu key, in the "Select Hotkey" dialog box, click on the "menu key (application)" link below the hotkey selector
- this hotkey can be combined with any modifiers (Shift, Alt, Ctrl or Win)
  
Snippets
- major improvements to make Snippets easier to create and edit
- a button in snippet add/edit favorite dialog box to enlarge the snippet content text box
- font size selector for snippet text box
- check box to display a snippet with fixed font (useful for code snippets)
- display preferences saved with each snippet
- default preferences for snippets can be selected in Options, General tab
- when launching a snippet with the "Prompt before" option, QAP also accepts Space to kick-off a snippet (in addition to Enter)
- change help link to new FAQ page about snippets (see improved FAQ content about Snippets)
  
Reopen Current Folder in dialog box
- a feature I should have included much earlier... Warning: to take advantage of it, existing users must add themselves this new feature to their menu
- new QAP feature "Reopen Current Folder in dialog box" allowing to reopen in a dialog box the current location in Windows Explorer
- the current location is the folder currently displayed in the active (or in the last active) Windows Explorer window
- current location is also detected in Directory Opus or Total Commander if one of these file magagers is enabled
  
Hotkeys
- set QAP feature default hotkeys for "Reopen Current Folder" to Shift + Ctrl + C  (of course, you can change it at any time)
- change QAP feature "Clipboard" default hotkeys from Shift + Ctrl + C to Shift + Ctrl + V
- this change is only for new installations - exising users must do this change themselves, if they wish
  
Various
- the "Ctrl + Ctrl" option has been moved to the "Alternative menu" tab in Options dialog box, and its presentation has been improved
- add a link beside the "Check for update" checkbox in the Options dialog box to check for update immediately
- check if the "Start in" folder location exists before launching a favorite and do not launch it if the location is not found
- offer to edit the favorite when one of these folder locations is not found: folder, document or application location, "Launch with" application location or "Start in" folder location
  
Language
- new! Dutch language is now available, thanks to Ric Roggeveen
- German translation update for changes since v8
- updates for Spanish, Italian and French language files, thanks to translators
  
Bug fixes
- fix an error in QAP 32-bit executable file preventing the Windows Explorer context menus to work with QAP installed in portable mode
- allow favorite location to be a UNC root path (like \\127.0.0.1\ or \\MyDomain\) assuming the location is online because Windows does not allow to check if an UNC root location is available (on my system, Windows 10 defaults to the "Documents" folder if the UNC drive is not mounted)
- fix bug when adding a QAP feature and when its default hotkey is already in use for another favorite
- fix bug when processing backtick (accent grave) in snippets (used for code snippets) and add help about backticks in add/edit dialog box
- fix bug Alternative menu hotkey reappearing after delete when returning to Options dialog box until QAP is restarted
- fix bug && displayed in Drag & Drop help window title instead of &
- add diagnostic code to track the "71 hotkeys limit" bug - if someone encounter this error message, please contact me
Version: 8.4.2 (2017-08-18)
- stop creating Windows Explorer context menu for Windows Shortcuts (.lnk files) because of potential security issue
- if you need to remove this context menu see the FAQ (http://www.quickaccesspopup.com/how-can-i-remove-the-windows-explorer-contextual-menu-for-windows-shortcuts-lnk-files/)
 
Version: 8.4.1 (2017-08-05)
- fix bug maximum of Live Folders items exceeded (500 items limit) by error
- fix bug last Live folder item duplicated when numeric shortcuts are enabled
 
Version: 8.4 (2017-08-01)
- add "Always on top" option to Settings window to ease drag and drop
- update drag & drop help message
- remember window location when drag & drop a folder favorite to Settings window
- add a tab about Shared Menus in Help window
- add tooltips over left column buttons in Settings window
- fix bug when icon resource filename includes a coma
- fix links in Options tabs and fix links to Shared menu FAQ page on website
- Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese, Italian and French language updates

How can I remove the Windows Explorer contextual menu for Windows Shortcuts (.lnk files)?

It has been reported that the Windows Explorer context menu for Windows Shortcuts (when you right click on shortcut's icon) added in v8.3 labeled "Import Windows shortcut to Quick Access Popup menu" could lead to some potential issue with security software (anti-virus/anti-malware). I preferred to play safe and removed that context menu that was far from being critical to the application (it only saved users a few seconds by allowing to import the parameters when creating a favorite folder from a shortcut).

If you installed or updated QAP between v8.3 and 8.4.1, and if this context menu is causing you an issue, you can remove it by executing the following steps:

  1. Create text file containing (all on one line):
    REG DELETE "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\lnkfile\shell\Import Windows shortcut to Quick Access Popup menu" /f
  2. Save this file as a batch file, giving it the extension .bat.
  3. Run this batch with administrator privileges (right click on the batch file icon and select Run as administrator).

If you do not have the credentials to execute a batch with this level of privilege, ask for help from your system administrator.

[Wishlist] Add the Context menu key to trigger the QAP main menu

From Jörg.

"On notebooks one hardly ever finds a middle mouse button. So you have to compensate for that by using a keyboard shortcut to open QAP. I wonder if it would be possible to use the context menu key (the one between Alt Gr and Ctrl)? I can't remember that I ever used that key and I bet I'm not alone. That key would be perfect as a middle mouse replacement. It's code is E05D."

This key is called AppsKey in AHK. Also called "Menu key" or "Context menu key". This is the key that invokes the right-click context menu.

What's the simplest way to install Quick Access Popup?

Here is the 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 independent report about my other app Folders Popup). Please, also read this post: Should I use QAP if an anti-virus is blocking its download or its execution?

Next? QAP 101: What should I know about Quick Access Popup before I start using it?

Or...

If you prefer to use Quick Access Popup in “portable” mode, read this: 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.

System administrators who install QAP for another end-users, please read this: Are administrator rights required to install QAP?

QAP 101: What should I know about Quick Access Popup before I start (and can't stop) using it?

When you run it, Quick Access Popup (QAP) adds an icon in the Notification Area and awaits your orders. When you want to open a frequently used folder, launch an application or work on a document, open the Quick Access Popup menu.

  1. There are three ways to to open the Quick Access Popup menu:
    • Click on the Quick Access Popup icon in the Notification Area (System Tray).
    • Or click the middle mouse button (MMB).
    • Or, if you are a keyboard shortcut addict, press Windows+W.
  2. In the QAP menu, select your favorite folder, application or document. Quick Access Popup will instantly launch it!

Open the QAP menu from the QAP icon in the Notification Area to launch a favorite

Open the QAP menu in Windows Explorer (middle mouse button or Windows + W) to change the folder in the current window


You are already working in a Windows Explorer and just want to change the folder in the current window?

  1. Click the middle mouse button while the mouse pointer is over the Explorer window (or press Windows+W).
  2. In the popup menu, select the desired folder. Quick Access Popup will instantly navigate your Explorer to the selected folder!
  3. Changing folders in file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.) is also available if you enable this option (see  Can I change folders in file dialog boxes?).

Now, you can't resist to customize your popup menu? Adding your own folders, applications, documents, web links or FTP site is very easy.

  1. Open the QAP popup menu (middle mouse button or Windows+W) and choose the Settings menu.
  2. In the Settings window, click the Add button, select the type of favorite to add (for example Folder, Document or Application) and click Continue.
  3. In the Add Favorite window, enter the menu name and the path to your favorite folder, application or document. There are plenty of options to discover in the other tabs but all you need to enter is in the first one justly named Basic Settings.
  4. Click Add when you are finished with the favorite's settings.
  5. Back in the Settings window, use the various buttons to add, reorder, remove or edit your favorites. Don't forget to click the big Save button in the Settings window to keep your changes.

There are a few alternative ways to add favorites:

  • Add folders or web pages on the fly. When you are in a favorite folder or web page, open the QAP popup menu, select the menu Add This Folder or Link (or press Shift+Control+A) and enter the menu name of this new favorite. See more info about the Add This Folder or Link feature.
  • Drag & drop favorite folders, documents or applications from your file manager to the Settings window and give them a menu name. That's it!

What else should I know when I'll get familiar with the basics?

  1. What are these special folders in the My Special Folders menu?
  2. What are these options in the My QAP Essentials menu?
  3. Gather favorites in submenus.
  4. Launch groups of related favorites.
  5. Harness the Alternative features
  6. Iron the QAP icon in the Notification Area

How do I make sure that Quick Access Popup is launched when I start Windows?

Quick Access Popup is launched automatically when you start Windows because a shortcut has been added to the Windows Startup folder when it was installed (see note below for users who choose portable install). This option can be changed in one of these ways.

  • Right-click the QAP icon in the Notification Area (System Tray) menu to open the system menu and select/deselect Run at Startup.
    or
  • In the Settings dialog box, click the Options button to open the Options dialog box and check/uncheck the Run at Startup option in General tab.

When you install a the new version of QAP, the shortcut in your Startup folder is automatically updated to launch the new version, if automatic startup is enabled.

Note for users who choose portable install: In order to not interfere with the host systems where you could run QAP in portable mode, this option is not turned on by default. But you could choose to turn it on on your permanent installations.

How can I use QAP if an anti-virus is blocking its download or its execution?

Status: Clean

Analysis by VirusTotal.com for QAP setup file and for portable ZIP file

All you need to know about anti-virus false positives (false alerts)...

Protection software block malware applications that could harm your PC. But, sometime, they can also make collateral damages and block legit software like Quick Access Popup.

To prevent bad programs from taking control or infiltrate your PC, protection programs use two protection approaches.

  • Some protection programs block known malware and frequently update a blacklist database to catch these apps before they can do damage.
  • But more often, protection software have a more aggressive approach: they block any app that could cause damage based on various criteria. To allow good applications to work, they maintain a whitelist of trusted apps.

This may result in occasional false malware alerts. In the case of Quick Access Popup, between 0% and 4% of the various detection softwares can produce such false alerts. All others declare Quick Access Popoup as clean and safe!  If your protection software is blocking it, please see if you can approve (whitelist) Quick Access Popup in the configuration of your software. Also, you can probably go to your software website and report Quick Access Popup as a good app to add to the whitelist database. See the example in the comments on the page on this subject for my other app Folders Popup.

More about this issue in this post from another independent developer: Antivirus companies cause a big headache to small developers.

Needless to say - all these virus-related email messages that I receive every day are a big headache and require me to waste my time on answering/handling them, instead of adding new features to my utilities and updating my site. [ more... ]

At least, I know I'm not the only small developer facing this issue...

Windows Defender is blocking Quick Access Popup

Until any new version of Quick Access Popup is recognized as a legit software by Windows Defender, this protection software could delete the QAP setup file when you try to install it. If you trust me and want to run QAP, you can prevent it: launch Windows Defender (type "Defender" in the search/launch bar) and open the History tab. See the instructions below (screen capture is in French; I translated to the best of my knowledge).

Windows-Defender-Instructions

Google Chrome is blocking Quick Access Popup

Until Quick Access Popup is recognized by Google Chrome as a legit software, you may see the following alert messages on your download bar (in your own Chrome language - this one is in French).

If Chrome tells you (my own translation to English): "The file quickaccesspopup-setup.exe is not commonly downloaded. It could harm your computer". If you trust me and want to run QAP, in the menu, click Keep.

chrome-alerte

 

Windows SmartScreen

Since September 2016, Quick Access Popup setup and executable files are signed with a software certificate assessing that the publisher is known (that's me!) and that the executable file has not been modified by a third-party (thanks to users who helped me share the expense of buying this software publisher certificate!).

Now that QAP is a "signed" software you should not see "publisher unknown alerts" from protection software like Windows SmartScreen.

However, if Windows tells you: "quickaccesspopup-setup.exe is not commonly downloaded and might harm your computer", if you trust me and want to try QAP, Click Execute.

QAP-SmartScreen-1

Then, the following message could appear: "Windows protected your PC". Click More info.

QAP-SmartScreen-2

In the next message, you should see Publisher: Jean Lalonde. Click Run anyway. This will install QAP.

QAP-SmartScreen-3

Please, if you have experience with protection software and Quick Access Popup, feel free to add a comment below to share it with other users.

 

Can I move my configuration from one PC to another?

Yes. First install QAP on the new PC and copy/replace the newly created quickaccesspopup.ini file with the one copied from your previous PC. The quickaccesspopup.ini file can be found in the QAP working directory.

All your favorites, hotkeys and preferences from the Options will be preserved. Of course, only favorite folders, documents or applications with the same location or having portable locations will work. Also, most Special folders favorites will work as-is on the new PC. If a special folder favorite does not work, delete it and add it again using the Add Favorite button.

 

How can I make the QAP icon always stay in the Notification Area?

qap-icon-in-trayWhen you run it, Quick Access Popup (QAP) adds an icon in the Notification Area (System Tray) and await your orders. You can click this icon to open the QAP menu.

But icons in the Notification zone have a tendency to fidget and disappear in an obscure menu... There is a method to iron the QAP icon in the Notification zone. Follow the instructions for your Windows version:

 

How can I install Quick Access Popup to make it fully portable?

By installing Quick Access Popup in “portable” mode, you use the app on a host PC without leaving any trace after usage. This will, for example, allow you to run Quick Access Popup from an external drive or USB key that can be connected to the host system and removed after usage. Follow these instructions.

Note: You must not install Quick Access Popup in "portable" mode in a system-protected folders like those under C:/Program Files. This could prevent QAP from saving your configuration.

1. Download the zip file under the Portable installation zip file.
2. Just extract the files from the zip file to the folder of your choice.
3. Run the .EXE file from this folder (choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version depending on your system). Quick Access Popup will create and update the quickaccesspopup.ini file in this folder.
4. At your convenience, create a shortcut on your Desktop or select Run at Startup in the System Tray to launch Quick Access Popup automatically at startup.

If you are doing a portable "permanent" installation, you could also turn the check for updates option on to stay up-to-date! You may also wish to enable Explorer context menus (right-click in Explorer or Desktop). Read the page Explorer Context Menus Help.

If an anti-virus or protection software reports Quick Access Popup as a potential threat, this is not the case. Please read this post: Should I use QAP if an anti-virus is blocking its download or its execution?

Quick Access Popup is a Portable App

A portable application, sometimes also called standalone, is a program designed to run on a compatible computer without being installed in a way that modifies the computer's configuration information. This type of application can be stored on any storage device, including internal mass storage and external storage such as USB drives – storing its program files and any configuration information and data on the storage medium alone (source: Wikipedia).

Specifically, when installed using the Portable installation procedure, Quick Access Popup does not write any information in the Windows registry or in any system or temporary Windows folder. Running the .EXE file launches Quick Access Popup in its current directory. That's it!

The app creates a temporary folder named _QAP_temp_nnn) to store small images, language files and working files required at run time. The default location of the folder is in the Windows %TEMP% folder (e.g. C:/Users/UserName/AppData/Local/Temp). This folder is deleted when the app quits. Starting with v8.7, you can set the default location for the temporary folder in Options, General tab.

The only permanent files created by Quick Access Popup are the QuickAccessPopup.ini file containing your favorite folders and options and, if you select the Run at Startup option, the QuickAccessPopup.lnk file in your Startup folder.

To completely remove Quick Access Popup from a PC, delete the folder where you are running the app (preserve the QuickAccessPopup.ini file if you plan to re-use it) and delete the file QuickAccessPopup.lnk from your C:/Users/[name]/AppData/Roaming/Microsof/tWindows/Start Menu/Programs/Startup folder. If you enabled Explorer context menu, remove them following the instruction in the Explorer Context Menus Help.

See also:
What file managers are supported in addition to Windows Explorer?
Can I use relative paths in favorite settings?
Can I use system environment variables in favorite paths?

How do I install a new version of Quick Access Popup?

Using the setup tool

  1. Click the Download button on the QAP website home page.
  2. If QAP is already running, the setup program will close it or will ask you to quit it. To close it manually, right-click the Quick Access Popup icon in the System Tray menu and choose Exit Quick Access Popup.
  3. Run the setup program and follow instructions. Quick Access Popup will be launch at the end of the installation.
  4. The setup procedure will preserve your previous configuration in the QuickAccessPopup.ini file. It will also update your startup shortcut if you enabled this option.

Using the portable installation

  1. Download the new version zip file under Portable installation on this site home page.
  2. Extract the executable (.EXE) from the zip file to the folder where you already run Quick Access Popup. The new file has the same name as the previous version (QuickAccessPopup-32-bit.exe or QuickAccessPopup-64-bit.exe) and a text file indicates the number of the version in this zip file. Also update QAPmessenger.exe or any other file that would be more recent than the ones you have in your working directory.
  3. Quick Access Popup never overwrites the QuickAccessPopup.ini file that contains your favorites. All your settings will be preserved.
  4. Quit the previous version of Quick Access Popup before launching the new one: right-click the Quick Access Popup icon in the System Tray and choose Exit Quick Access Popup. If you enabled this option, the shortcut in your Startup folder will be updated to launch the new version.
  5. Run the new .EXE file (choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version depending on your system). When you are comfortable with the new version, you can delete the old .EXE.

Are administrator rights required to install QAP?

If the Quick Access Popup setup program asks for an administrator password, you have two options: ask your system administrator to install it for you (using the setup program). Or, if you have some basic technical knowledge and prefer to get it done yourself, install Quick Access Popup in portable mode since this type of installation does not require administrative rights.

Now, for your sysadmin...

The QAP setup program requires elevated rights (via a User Account Control dialog) when the installation is started. If the setup program was started by an unprivileged user, Windows will ask for the password to an account that has administrative privileges, and the setup will then run under that account.

In order to allow installation by the admin and to set configuration files specific to end users, the setup program is executing the following steps.

  1. It creates a group Quick Access Popup in the All Users Start Menu with the Start In parameter set to the common appdata folder (for example: C:/ProgramData/Quick Access Popup).
  2. In the common appdata folder, the setup program creates file named quickaccesspopup-setup.ini where QAP stores the language selected by user during setup. This folder can also include customized templates of the files QuickAccessPopup.ini and QAPconnect.ini. This would allow the sysadmin to create a default menu and default configuration for the needs of his organization's end users.
  3. When Quick Access Popup is launched for the first time by an end user, it creates in user's appdata folder (for example: C:/Users/Username/AppData/Roaming/Quick Access Popup) the files QuickAccessPopup.ini and QAPconnect.ini from an internal template, unless templates of these files are found in the common appdata folder. In this case, these files are copied to user's appdata folder. Original files in the common appdata folder are never changed by end users.
  4. If the end user selects the Run at Startup option, the shortcut created in his/her personal Startup folder will make sure the users's config is saved in his/her personal appdata folder.

If, during setup, the option Import Folders Popup settings and favorites is selected, the imported settings are saved in the file quickaccesspopup.ini in the common appdata folder. This file would also be used as a template for en users configuration.

As seen at step #2 above, sysadmins could create or edit the quickaccesspopup.ini file in the common appdata folder to gives their users a template with favorites of interest for all users: network folders, path to shared applications or documents, intranet URLs, etc. Administrator could also edit this file to enable the Shared Menus Catalogue to facilitate the addition of shared menus by end users (see Can I create a catalogue of shared menus for my team or workgroup?).

To facilitate the creation of a new quickaccesspopup.ini file, admin can run QAP in portable mode, configure options and favorites and copy to fresh ini file the common appdata folder.

About Explorer Context Menus

When installed with in setup mode, QAP always enable its Explorer Context Menus. There are two exceptions: context menus will *not* be enabled if "ExplorerContextMenus=0" in either of the quickaccesspopup.ini file in current user's appdata folder or common appdata folder. More about Explorer context menus: Explorer Context Menus Help.

I’m upgrading from Folders Popup. Can I import my favorites and option settings?

Everything possible is made to facilitate the transition from Folders Popup to Quick Access Popup.

The ImportFPsettings utility helps you do the transition from Folders Popup.

  • It imports favorites from Folders Popup and convert them to QAP format.
  • It also import options settings and hotkeys and adapt them to QAP.

Only Folders Popup groups settings cannot be imported to QAP settings. The group implementation has been completely reviewed in QAP, integrating them with favorites as if they were as special kind of submenus, making it difficult to import.

If you install QAP using the standard Setup program, make sure the Import Folders Popup settings and favorites option is checked during installation. The utility will be automatically executed after the initial QAP installation (if you preferred the portable installation, you must run ImportFPsettings manually).

Take note that ImportFPsettings replaces all favorites that could exist in QAP and overwrites existing option settings. It is recommended to use it when you just installed QAP.

After you installed QAP, do not forget to uninstall Folders Popup or, at least, remove it from your Startup group: uncheck Run at Startup in Folders Popup Options dialog box (first tab).

In what languages is Quick Access Popup available?

Quick Access Popup is available in various languages, thanks to voluntary translators for their precious work. Select your working language in the Settings window, General tab.

 

Language Thanks to translators! Review in your language
French Jean Lalonde Quick Access Popup : accédez rapidement aux dossiers utilisés fréquemment (Freewares & Tutos)
German
Edgar “Fast Edi” Hoffmann Quick Access Popup ist ein toller Nachfolger von Folders Popup. Die Möglichkeit, jetzt auch Programme zu starten oder Webseiten aufzurufen, macht daraus einmal mehr ein Allroundtool für jeden (Giga Software)
Swedish
Åke Engelbrektson (www.svenskasprakfiler.se) Snabb Tillgång Popup-meny: öppna mappar som helst med ett mus-klick
Italian Riccardo Leone Quick Access Popup: crea le scorciatoie per le cartelle e programmi (dundi.it)
Spanish kiketrucker (AccionGlobalXSoft) Quick Access Popup - Descargas CNet
Brazilian Portuguese Igor Ruckert Quick Access Popup (Baixaki)
Portuguese Luis Neves Quick Access Popup (Baixaki)
Traditional Chinese (ZH-TW) Jess Yang Quick Access Popup (Softoware)
Simplified Chinese (ZH-CN) Jess Yang Quick Access Popup绿色版 8.5_快速启动器
Dutch Ric Roggeveen Apps en mappen altijd snel bij de hand (ZDNet Benelux)

Quick Access Popup was originally written in English (English proof checking would be appreciated).

Help for translation to other languages appreciated. Please see the Translation resource page.

How to I enable Directory Opus support in Quick Access Popup?

Quick Access Popup is fully compatible with the new Directory Opus version 12!

Quick Access Popup is fully compatible with Directory Opus, an impressive file manager program written by GPSoftware, in Australia. Directory Opus (DOpus) replaces Windows Explorer and integrates lots of features, including file compression, FTP capabilities, folder syncing and much more. However, it is not freeware.

QAP is fully aware of DOpus capabilities and utilizes them via the internal DOpusRt.exe commands to offer seamless and reliable integration.

Directory Opus support

  • Automatic (but optional) enabling of DOpus support if the software is found on your system.
  • Seamlessly change a DOpus lister to user favorite folders, recent folders or special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.).
  • Easily add the folder currently displayed in a lister to you favorites with the Add this folder menu.
  • Switch to a folder open in an existing lister with the Switch menu.
  • Switch instantly any file dialog boxes (File Open, Save As, etc.) to the folder active in a Directory Opus lister or Windows Explorer with the Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box menu.
  • Open any folder active in a Directory Opus lister or Windows Explorer with the Reopen a Folder menu.
  • Restore groups of related folders in desired tabs and sides.
  • Adapted support for special folders and FTP sites in DOpus.

How-to enable DOpus support

When you start it, Quick Access Popup checks if DOpus is installed on your computer (looking for the file [Program Files]/GPSoftware/Directory Opus/dopus.exe). If it is found, it asks if you wish to enable Directory Opus integration. If you answer Yes, it records the DOpus.exe file path in the Settings, Options dialog box:

If DOpus is installed in another folder not found by Quick Access Popup, you can manually enable integration by browsing to your DOpus.exe file in the Options dialog box, File managers support tab.

 

How do I enable Total Commander support in Quick Access Popup?

Quick Access Popup is fully compatible with Total Commander, a very popular file manager program written by Christian Ghisler, in Switzerland. Total Commander (TC) replaces Windows Explorer and integrates lots of features, including file compression, FTP capabilities, folder syncing and much more.

Quick Access Popup is aware of TC capabilities and utilizes them via TC internal commands to offer seamless and reliable integration.

Total Commander support

  • Automatic (but optional) enabling of Total Commander support if the software is found on your system.
  • Seamlessly change a TC window (any pane or tab) to user favorite folders, recent folders or special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.).
  • Integration of Total Commander Directory Hotlist.
  • Easily add the folder currently displayed in a TC window to you favorites with the Add this folder menu.
  • Restore groups of related folders in desired tabs and sides.
  • Adapted support for special folders and FTP sites in TC.

How-to enable Total Commander support

When you start it, Quick Access Popup checks if TC is installed on your computer (looking for the file TOTALCMD.EXE or TOTALCMD64.EXE). If it is found, it asks if you wish to enable Total Commander integration. If you answer Yes, it records the TOTALCMD.EXE file path in the Settings, Options dialog box.

If TC is installed in a folder not found by Quick Access Popup, you can manually enable integration by browsing to your TOTALCMD.EXE or TOTALCMD64.EXE file in the Options dialog box, File managers support tab.

In order to integrate the TC Directory Hotlist in QAP, set the TC wincdm.ini file location in Options, File Managers tab. If the TC Directory Hotlist menu has not been added automatically when you installed QAP, go to the Settings window, click the Add button and select QAP Features. In the Add Favorite window, select TC Directory Hotlist in the QAP Feature dropdown.

At this time, the Reopen a Folder and Switch are not yet integrated with TC and will not include folders open in TC. These features will include folders open in Total Commander after a new command in Total Commander will allow to improve the integration in Quick Access Popup (more info here).

What file managers are supported in addition to Windows Explorer?

In addition to Windows Explorer and Windows command line utilities Console (or CMD) and PowerShell, Quick Access Popup provides extended support for popular Explorer replacement applications Directory Opus and Total Commander and support for about 15 other file managers, many of them being freeware.

You can select you preferred file manager in the Options window, tab File managers support.

Directory Opus support (DOpus)

  • If installed on your system, Directory Opus is detected automatically when at QAP's first launched and you can select if you want to use it as your primary file manager when QAP opens a folder in a new window.
  • Changing folders in an existing DOpus lister is supported for both regular and special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.).
  • The list of folders currently open in DOpus are automatically included in the Switch and Reopen a Folder QAP features.
  • Quick Access Popup is fully compatible with the new Directory Opus version 12!
  • More info here: Using Quick Access Popup with Directory Opus.

Total Commander support (TC)

  • If installed on your system, Total Commander is detected automatically at QAP's first launched and you can select if you want to use it as your primary file manager when QAP opens a folder in a new window.
  • Changing folders in an existing TC windows is supported for both regular and special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.).
  • Integration of TC Directory Hotlist in QAP menu (the TC wincmd.ini location must be set in Options).
  • The list of folders currently open in TC are *not* included in the Switch and Reopen a Folder QAP features. A new command in TC should make it possible in a future version.
  • More info here: Using Quick Access Popup with Total Commander.

QAPconnect: Universal File Managers Support

  • QAP also supports a list of about 15 file managers described in the setting file QAPconnect.ini based on a list developed by Roland Toth (blog.rolandtoth.hu) for Folders Popup.
  • There is no need to install an addon to use these file managers in QAP.
  • First, make sure the info for your file manager is accurate in QAPconnect.ini: the directory must be the one where your app is installed.
  • To edit the QAPconnect settings file, in the Options, tab File managers support, select QAPconnect and click the Edit QAPconnect.ini button under the dropdown list. Save the file and deselect/reselect the QAPconnect radio button to refresh the list.
  • Then, select QAPconnect and choose your file manager in the dropdown list.
  • Support file managers: A43, Altap Salamander, CubicExplorer, Double Commander, EF Commander Free, Everything, Explorer++, ExplorerXP, Far Manager, FreeCommander XE, IrfanView, Just Manager, MultiCommander, Nomad.NET, Snowbird, SpeedCommander, Tablacus Explorer, UltraExplorer, Unreal Commander, WinNC, XnView, xplorer2 lite, XYplorer & XYplorerFree

What hotkeys are set by default when QAP is installed and how can I change them?

During installation, shortcuts are created for two types of hotkeys: popup menu hotkeys and favorite hotkeys.

Popup menu hotkeys

By default, the QAP popup menu can be triggered by the Middle Mouse Button and the keyboard shortcut Windows+W. A second popup menu called Alternative menu is triggered by default by Shift+Middle Mouse Button or Shift+Windows+W. You can change these settings in Options, second tab Menu hotkeys.

Favorite hotkeys

Mouse or keyboard hotkeys can also be assigned to any favorite in your menu. This allow you to launch a favorite without having to open the QAP popup menu and locate your favorite.

At installation time, only some QAP feature favorites are assigned shortcuts. Four of them are in the menu called My QAP Essentials created at installation in the main popup menu. It includes keyboard shortcuts for the following QAP features:

  • Shift-Control-W for Switch
  • Shift-Control-F for Reopen a Folder
  • Shift-Control-R for Recent folders
  • Shift-Control-C for the Clipboard menu.

Another QAP feature is inserted in the main menu during installation:

  • Shift-Control-S for Settings.

You can change all these shortcuts by editing each favorite separately or you can edit all of them in the Hotkeys dialog box: click the Hotkeys button in the Settings window.

What's new in Quick Access Popup v8.1, v8.2 and v8.3

Version 8.3

This new QAP version (2017-07-20), thanks to a new search tool inside your favorites list, will greatly improve your efficiency while managing your QAP menu. This release also includes a complete rewrite of Shared menus file locking (reservation to avoid conflicting changes by simultaneous users). Users of Shared menu are strongly encouraged to upgrade to this new release (this has no impact on your existing Shared menu files). Users of Windows Explorer Context menus and Windows shortcuts will appreciate a new context menu entry that automatically imports a shortcut including its settings: working directory, icon, etc.

Search

  • add search text box to filter favorites in all submenus in Settings window
  • add an X button to empty the filter text box and restore the full favorites list
  • filtering is done based on the existence of the search string in the favorites name (only) in all menus and submenus
  • filtering is case insensitive
  • filtered favorites are displayed in the order they were found, starting from top main menu
  • in filtered favorites list, the Edit button, Enter key or double-click open the edit favorite dialog box with the selected favorite
  • double-clicking a menu favorite in filtered favorites list opens this menu unfiltered
  • after edition of a favorite, the regular favorites list is restored in the location of the edited favorite
  • the Remove button or Delete key removes a favorite from the filtered list (with confirmation before deleting a menu and its submenus); after deletion, the filtered list remains active
  • in filtered list, only single selection is available, allowing edition or deletion of only one favorite at a time
  • left columns buttons to move favorites or insert separator buttons (and their associated hotkeys) are disabled in filtered list
  • in filtered list, the Add button (and its associated hotkey Ctrl-N) adds a new favorite at the top of the main menu
  • changing menu using the dropdown list, using back or top arrows and closing and re-opening the Settings window restore the regular unfiltered list
  • in Settings window, the new shortcut Ctrl-F moves the cursor to search box
  • More info: Can I search inside my favorites?

Shared menus

  • complete rewrite of Shared menus file locking (reservation to avoid conflicting changes by simultaneous users)
  • when opening the add/edit favorite dialog box, QAP checks if the favorites belongs to a Shared menu and displays a message if the menu is read-only, locked (reserved) by another user or if it was changed since QAP was launched
  • when saving a favorite (or when moving a favorite using arrows in Settings, or when adding a separator or a column break), QAP checks if the favorites belongs to a Shared menu and, if yes, checks if the shared menu was locked or modified since the dialog box was opened and, if yes, displays a message
  • after a favorite in a shared menu is saved in QAP "internal" memory, QAP locks (reserves) the shared menu file until the changes in shared menu are actualy saved to the settings file QuickAccessPopup.ini, preventing other users from editing this shared menu
  • QAP display "Read-only" in the Settings window's content column and prevent opening this menu in the Settings window if it is saved in a folder where the user has no write access and for shared menus of type "Centralized" where user does not have write-access for this menu
  • when creating a Shared menu of type "Centralized", QAP automatically adds the current username to the write-access list (preventing the user to be locked out of its own new menu)
  • in "Centralized" Shared menus write-access list, names can also be separated by semicolon (in addition to comma)
  • a shared menu cannot be added under another shared menu
  • QAP now supports Shared menu file locking when changes are done using the "Manage icons" window
  • in Settings window column labeled "Content", QAP now displays the Shared menu settings file location
  • More info: Can a submenu be shared on different PCs or by different users?

New Explorer Context menu for Windows shortcuts

  • add an Explorer context menu for Windows shortcuts file (.lnk files) labeled "Import Windows shortcut to Quick Access Popup menu" to import shortcut settings to QAP favorites
  • QAP imports the following settings from Windows shortcut: working directory (for application favorites), window state (for folder favorites) and icon settings (for any type of favorites)
  • note for user of portable version: the file ManageContextMenu.bat has been updated to include the new context menu "Import Windows shortcut to Quick Access Popup menu"
    More info: Which QAP commands are available using Explorer Context menus?

Various

  • add Settings shortcut F1 to open the Help window
  • add Settings shortcut Ctrl-H to display the Favorites Shortcuts Help window
  • update the Favorites Shortcuts Help window

Version 8.2

(2017-05-14)

Shared menus revamped

Note: If you use Quick Access Popup on multiple computers or if you want to share QAP favorites with your friends or colleagues, Shared menus are for you. This new implementation of Shared menus was introduced with v8.2. However, users of Shared menus are strongly encouraged to upgrade to v8.3 than greatly improved this feature.

  • 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)
  • More info: Can a submenu be shared on different PCs or by different users?

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
  • 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
  • More info: Can I create a catalogue of shared menus for my team or workgroup?

Shared menus multi-user edition (improved in v8.3)

  • 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
  • In the Add Favorite dialog box, add info about Live Folder Options in Folder tip

Version 8.1

This new release v8.1 (2017-02-20) adds new features giving more flexibility with favorites shortcuts, exclusions list for apps dialog boxes, Run as administrator in Alternative menu, disabling favorites in groups, plus other improvements and bug fixes. Also, for users of portable version, a smarter batch file named ManageContextMenu.bat to enable or disable Windows Explorer context menus (thanks to Dogan Celik).

Shortcuts

  • display favorites shortcuts in a new column in the Settings
  • when creating a favorites shortcut, support left only or right only keyboard modifiers for Shift, Alt, Ctrl and Win keys
  • support different shortcuts for favorites with the same location (if they have different names), allowing them to have different options (in other words, favorite shortcuts are now linked to "name + location")
  • update menu and dialog box labels to include menu shortcuts (underlined character, using the & special character)
  • More info: Can I launch my favorites with keyboard or mouse shortcuts?

Import/Export

  • in Import/Export Settings, save destination file to QuickAccessPopup.ini when exporting and restore last used file name in Export dialog dox
  • 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
  • More info: Can I backup, import or export my favorites and settings?

Alternative menu

  • two new Alternative menu QAP features to open the folder containing the selected document, application or folder favorite 1) in the current window or 2) in a new window

Various

  • in QAP Mouse Hotkey exclusion list, also exclude hotkey in app's dialog boxes when the app's title or class name is prefix an asterisk (*)
  • add the QAP Features "Run as administrator" to the Alternative menu (Shift + Middle mouse button or Shift + Windows + W)
  • new batch file from Dogan Celik to install/uninstall Windows Explorer context menus registry keys, working as-is with portable version (see instructions in batch file)
  • group members can now be disabled (same as favorites being hidden in menu), change disable checkbox label for group members
  • renamed the icon file iconQAP.ico to QuickAccessPopup.ico using the same ico file name for context menu registry keys in app, setup and portable batch
  • in Live folders, exclude folders with the Hidden (H) attribute (keeping those having System attribute without the Hidden attribute)
  • split Options dialog box first tab "General" in two tabs ("General" and "Menu") to make some room for future options
  • tooltip "Saving..." and disable "Cancel" button in Settings during saving

For more details about changes and bug fixes in each version, see the QAP Change log.

What's new in Quick Access Popup v8?

With version 8, released 2017-01-03, Quick Access Popup can refresh your menu as the content of your folder changes. It also include a new dialog box to manage all your menu icons in one place and take the full benefits from brand new menu icons from Icons8. And much more...

Live Folder options

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Live Folder Options tab in "Add/Edit Favorite"

  • 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 information about Live Folders.

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:ProgramDataJeanLalonde"
  • 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.

Manage Icons

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Manage Icons dialog box

  • 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)
  • More information about the Manage Icons dialog box.

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 settings, go to settings or 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

For more details about changes and bug fixes in each version, see the QAP Change log.

What are these features in the "My QAP Essentials" menu?

QAP Features are powerful functionalities that can be inserted in any QAP menu or submenu. For your convenience, the My QAP Essentials menu is built when you installed QAP. It gives access to a subset of the most useful QAP Features.

Also, in addition to your own favorites, Quick Access Popup build automatically four menus that provides efficient ways to browse your content:

  • With the Switch menu, bring to the front one of the running applications or folders open in Explorer.
  • With the Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box menu, take your file dialog box (File Open, File Save, etc.) to the last folder you used in Explorer (feature added in v8.5).
  • With the Reopen a Folder menu, open a folder in Explorer from a menu built with the list of folders open in Explorer.
  • The Recent folders and Recent Files menus list the recent folders or documents memorized by Windows.
  • The Clipboard menu shows the folders, documents, application path or URL saved in your Windows Clipboard.
  • The Drives menu shows the list drives on your system with label, free space, capacity and an icon showing the drive type.

Finally, these last QAP features are added in the main QAP menu:

  • The Add This Folder or Link menu allows to add the current folders or web page on the fly.
  • The Close this menu item allows to close the popup menu if clicking elsewhere or hitting the Esc key do not close the menu as it normally should (you can remove this menu if you never face this issue).

Feel free to add QAP Features to this menu or to move them around. See the list of other QAP features.

How do I display the Quick Access Popup menu?

QAP has two types of triggers to open two different menus. Each menu can be open with a mouse button and a keyboard hotkey.

  1. QAP menu triggers: mouse default is middle mouse button and keyboard default is Windows+W.
    • These triggers show the QAP popup menu over any window (except those excluded, more info about exclusion list).
    • In the QAP menu, the favorite you choose is launched in a new window.
    • But, if the favorite is a folder and the target window supports folder navigation (Windows Explorer, Console or other file managers), the window location is changed to the favorite folder.
    • Folder navigation is also available for file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.) but this has to be enabled in Options window (see the Options window first tab named General, first checkbox).

  2. Alternative menu triggers: mouse default is Shift+middle mouse button and keyboard default is Shift+Windows+W.
    • These triggers show the Alternative menu over any windows.
    • In the Alternative menu, you select the actions to apply to one of your favorites (see the list of Alternative menu features in: What are the Alternative menu features?).
    • Then, in the QAP menu, select the target favorite on which the Alternative menu feature will be executed.

Using Explorer Context menus

You can also show the popup menu from the Explorer context menu (right-click menu). On the Desktop, right-click the Desktop (anywhere except on icons) and select Show Quick Access Popup menu. To use the Alternative menu, hold Shift while you right-click the Desktop and select Show Quick Access Popup Alternative menu.

Using the Ctrl+Ctrl hotkey

Since QAP v8, you can also open the main QAP menu by pressing twice the left or right Control key. Enable this feature in the Options window (Hotkeys tab).

What are these special folders in the "My Special Folders" menu?

When Windows is installed, many system folders are created. Quick Access Popup knows more than 50 of these system folders called "special folders". The My Special folders menu gives access to the most known and used:

  • Desktop
  • Document
  • Pictures
  • Downloads
  • My Computer
  • Network Neighborhood
  • Control Panel
  • Recycle Bin.

There are plenty of other special folders that you can add using the Add Favorite button, for example: Libraries, Recent items, Startup folder, History, Favorites, Quick Launch, Cookies, Temporary files, etc. Special folders can be inserted in any QAP menu or submenu. For your convenience, the My Special Folders menu was built when you installed QAP. Feel free to add special folders to this menu or to move them around.

Which QAP commands are available using Explorer Context menus?

You can use Explorer context menus (right-click menus) to add favorites to your Quick Access Popup menu. You can also right-click the Desktop background to show the QAP popup menu!

Add Folder context menu in Explorer

Add Folder context menu in Explorer

Context menu in Desktop background

Context menu in Desktop background

The following eleven context menus are added to your Windows Explorer menus:

Target Trigger Menu name
Files in Explorer Right-Click Add File to Quick Access Popup menu
Files in Explorer Shift + Right-Click Add File to Quick Access Popup menu Express
Folders in Explorer Right-Click Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu
Folders in Explorer Shift + Right-Click Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu Express
Desktop background Right-Click Show Quick Access Popup menu
Desktop background Shift + Right-Click Show Quick Access Popup Alternative menu
Explorer window background Right-Click Show Quick Access Popup menu
Explorer window background Shift + Right-Click Show Quick Access Popup Alternative menu
Explorer window background Right-Click Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu
Explorer window background Shift + Right-Click Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu Express
Windows Shortcut icon Right-Click Add favorite and import settings from Windows shortcut

To find more about installation and enabling of Explorer context menu, read the Explorer Context Menus Help.

What else should I know about Explorer Context menus?

In this page:

Using QAP Context menus

Since in v7.2.3, Quick Access Popup menu can now be managed with the Explorer context menus. Right-click or Shift+Right-click on any file or folder to show its context menu. QAP's command in this menu are recognizable by the QAP icon on the left. You can also right-click the Desktop background to show the QAP popup menu!

Add Folder context menu in Explorer

Add Folder context menu in Explorer

Context menu in Desktop background

Context menu in Desktop background

  • Context menus are automatically added when you install and removed when you uninstall QAP using standard Windows procedure (see Easy one-step installation).
  • At any time, you can remove or re-install the context menus using the Enable Explorer Context Menus checkbox found in Options dialog box, Menus tab.
  • Users who prefer portable installation (see Portable installation) can setup context menus manually by following the instruction below.

The following ten context menus are added to your Windows Explorer menus:

Target Trigger Menu name Action
Files in Explorer Right-Click Add File to Quick Access Popup menu Open the Add Document or Add Application dialog box ready with the selected file
Files in Explorer Shift + Right-Click Add File to Quick Access Popup menu Express Add the selected document or application at the top of the main QAP menu, no question asked
Folders in Explorer Right-Click Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu Open the Add Folder dialog box ready with the selected folder
Folders in Explorer Shift + Right-Click Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu Express Add the selected folder at the top of the main QAP menu, no question asked
Desktop background Right-Click Show Quick Access Popup menu Open the QAP popup menu
Desktop background Shift + Right-Click Show Quick Access Popup Alternative menu Open the QAP Alternative popup menu
Explorer window background Right-Click Show Quick Access Popup menu Open the QAP popup menu
Explorer window background Shift + Right-Click Show Quick Access Popup Alternative menu Open the QAP Alternative popup menu
Explorer window background Right-Click Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu Open the Add Folder dialog box ready with the current folder
Explorer window background Shift + Right-Click Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu Express Add the current folder at the top of the main QAP menu, no question asked
Windows Shortcut icon Right-Click Import Windows shortcut to Quick Access Popup menu Open the Add Folder dialog box ready with settings imported from the shortcut: working directory (for application favorites), window state (for folder favorites) and icon settings (for any type of favorites)

Setting up Context menus manually (for portable installation users)

With QAP v8.1 or more recent, you can install or remove Windows Explorer context menu entries in the Windows Registry using a batch file created by Doğan Çelik (thank you, Doğan!):

1) Unzip the file ManageContextMenu.bat from the QAP zip file and save it in the same folder where you unzipped the files QAPmessenger.exe and QuickAccessPopup.ico.

2) You will need administrator privileges to execute this command. To run this batch file as administrator, in Windows Explorer, right-click its icon and select Run as administrator.

3) In the menu, select 1) Install... to create the registry keys or 2) Uninstall... to remove them.

Calling QAP from the command line

Context menus use the utility QAPmessenger.exe installed in the QAP application folder. You can use this utility to call the QAP menu from the command line, a batch file, a Windows shortcut, etc.

Enter one of the following lines at the command prompt, in a .BAT file line or in the Target field in a Windows shortcut. Replace C:Program FilesQuick Access PopupQAPmessenger.exe with the current path and filename of QAPmessenger in your setup.

"C:\Program Files\Quick Access Popup\QAPmessenger.exe" ShowMenuLaunch

"C:\Program Files\Quick Access Popup\QAPmessenger.exe" ShowMenuAlternative

"C:\Program Files\Quick Access Popup\QAPmessenger.exe" AddFolder "C:FolderPath"

"C:\Program Files\Quick Access Popup\QAPmessenger.exe" AddFolderXpress "C:FolderPath"

"C:\Program Files\Quick Access Popup\QAPmessenger.exe" AddFile "C:FolderFilePath.ext"

"C:\Program Files\Quick Access Popup\QAPmessenger.exe" AddFileXpress "C:FolderFilePath.ext"

The entries with Xpress add the folder or file instantly. Be cautious if you use them in a batch loop.

 

When do I need to use the QAP icon in the Notifications Area?

The Quick Access Popup icon in the Notification Area (System Tray) has two functions: menu launcher and System menu.

  • Left-click on the Quick Access Popup icon in the Notification area to open your favorites menu. This menu is always available in the Tray. When you select a folder, it is always open in a new window.
  • Right-click the icon in the Notification area to open the QAP System menu:
    • open the Settings dialog box;
    • choose Switch Settings file to load alternative menu and settings;
    • click Edit QuickAccesssPopup.ini file to fine tune your settings (more info; make sure you have a safe backup before editing this file);
    • select Import/Export Settings to exchange menu and settings with another system or user (more info);
    • choose Restart Quick Access Popup after changes has been made to the ini file;
    • select the Run at Startup option to launch QAP automatically;
    • click Suspend Hotkeys to temporarily disable all QAP hotkeys;
    • choose Restore Settings window position to move the Settings window to the top left of main screen, in case it would become invisible following changes in screen configuration (more info);
    • use the Check for update menu to discover if you should download a new QAP version;
    • open the Help, About and Support Freeware! windows;
    • and select Exit Quick Access Popup to unload QAP from the active memory.

What global options are essential to know?

In the Settings dialog box, click the Options button to open the Options dialog box.

  • To enable folders navigation in file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.), check the Change folders in dialog boxes with the main QAP hotkeys.
  • Select your working Language.
  • Select Run at Startup option to launch Quick Access Popup automatically when you boot Windows.
  • Enable or disable QAP Explorer Context menus.
  • Automatically add favorites at top (or bottom if unchecked) of main menu when added with Add this Folder or Link, Add this Folder or Link Express and Add favorite from Explorer context menus.
  • Display Startup Tray tip in the Notification zone.
  • Select the Check for updates to be informed when new QAP versions become available.
  • Remember Settings window position.
  • Set the number of items in the Recent folders and Recent Files menus.
  • Choose the colors Theme of QAP Settings and other windows.
  • Display classic black and white buttons in QAP Settings window instead of new color buttons of QAP v8 (option removed in v8.1.1 but still supported if variable UseClassicButtons=1 is present in settings file).
  • Display the popup menu near the mouse pointer, in the active window or at a fix position.
  • Display hotkey reminders in menu in short or long format.
  • Select the option to use Display Numeric Menu Shortcuts to launch favorites with your keyboard.
  • Open the menu when hitting the QAP menu trigger on the Windows taskbar.
  • Add Close to menus created by QAP allowing to dismiss them if clicking elsewhere does not dismiss the menu.
  • Display or hide menu icons, and choose menu icons size (available on Windows workstations only).
  • In the File managers tab, enable Directory OpusTotal Commander or Universal file manager support.

Configurable triggers

  • In the Options dialog box, Menu hotkeys tab, change the mouse triggers to open the folders menu (by default, middle mouse button and Shift+MMB).
  • Choose the keyboard triggers to open the QAP main menu (by default, Windows+W and Shift+Windows+W).

What are the Alternative menu features?

Alternative menu features are actions to be executed on one of the favorites in your QAP menu. After you click one of the options in the Alternative menu, the full QAP menu is displayed to let you choose on what favorite you want to execute the Alternative menu feature.

Alternative  menu triggers (mouse default is Shift+middle mouse button and keyboard default is Shift+Windows+W).

  • These triggers show the Alternative menu over any windows.
  • In the Alternative menu, you select the actions to apply to one of your favorite (see the list of Alternative menu features below).
  • Then, in the QAP menu, select the target favorite on which the Alternative menu feature will be executed.

Alternative menu features

The Alternative menu offers the following features:

  • Open in new window: open the favorite in a new window instead of changing the folder in the target window.
  • Edit a Favorite: change a favorite settings directly from the QAP menu (without having to open the Settings window).
  • Copy a Favorite's Path or URL: copy the file path or the URL of a favorite to your clipboard in order to paste it in any other window.
  • Run as administrator (starting with v8.1): run the application with administrator access (elevated privileges).
  • Open the Containing Folder in the Current Window (starting with v8.1.1): open in the current Explorer window the parent folder of the selected favorite document, application or folder.
  • Open the Containing Folder in a New Window (starting with v8.1.1): open the parent folder of the selected favorite in a new window (even if the menu is opened in an existing Explorer window or in a file dialog box).

Three Alternative menu features are also available directly from the regular menu by using keyboard modifiers when clicking a favorite in the popup menu:

  • Shift + Click:  Open in new window.
  • Control + Click: Copy a Favorite's Path or URL.
  • Shift + Control + Click: Edit a Favorite.

 

Can I display the Drives, Recent Folders and Recent Files menus attached to the popup menu?

Yes, starting with v8.7, you have the option to display these QAP features menus as part of the QAP popup menu, as normal "attached" submenus. For this, select the checkbox Attach "Recent Folders", "Recent Files" and "Drives" menus to QAP menu in the Options dialog box, Menu tab.

But, after you enabled this options, you may notice a slight refresh delay each time you invoke the QAP menu. This delay is caused by the time it takes to Windows to provide the refreshed information required to display the Drives, Recent Folders and Recent Files menus. Because Windows does not always provide this info instantly, the delay may vary at each display of the popup menu.

If you find the delay annoying, you can return to the default setting and uncheck the Attach "Recent Folders", "Recent Files" and "Drives" menus to QAP menu. These menus will then be displayed detached (or stand-alone) and refreshed on demand.

 

How do I open the QAP Settings window?

The Settings window is where you add or edit your favorites. It is also where you can access the Options, Hotkeys and Icons dialog boxes. You can open the Settings window in different ways.

  • As the menu shows, you can also hit the Shift+Control+S hotkey to open the Settings window.
  • You could move the Settings... menu item up or down, to any submenu or change the menu hotkey to anything better fitting your preferences by editing the Settings... item in the favorites list.

  • If whenever you removed the Settings menu, you can always open it from the QAP system menu by right-clicking on the QAP icon in the Notification zone.

  • If you need to restore the Settings... menu item in your QAP menu, click the Add button, select the type QAP Feature and choose Settings... in the QAP Feature dropdown list.

 

Can I search inside my favorites?

Yes. As you add favorites to your main menu and your submenus, it can become tricky to find the favorite you want to edit. Since QAP v8.3, you can filter the favorites by keywords. In addition to easing favorites edition, this tool also gives you a global view of your favorites, allowing to eliminate unwanted duplicates or to better organize your menu.

To filter you favorites, simply type a few characters in the Search box just above the favorite list. You can hit Ctrl-F to move the cursor to search box. To restore the full list, delete the Search box content or simply click the X button on the right.

A few notes, for those who want to know everything:

  • filtering is done based on the existence of the search string in the favorites name (only) in all menus and submenus;
  • filtering is case insensitive;
  • filtered favorites are displayed in the order they were found, starting from top main menu;
  • in filtered favorites list, the Edit button, Enter key or double-click open the edit favorite dialog box with the selected favorite;
  • double-clicking a menu favorite in filtered favorites list opens this menu unfiltered;
  • after edition of a favorite, the regular favorites list is restored in the location of the edited favorite;
  • the Remove button or Delete key removes a favorite from the filtered list (with confirmation before deleting a menu and its submenus); after deletion, the filtered list remains active;
  • in filtered list, only single selection is available, allowing edition or deletion of only one favorite at a time;
  • in filtered list, the Add button (and its associated hotkey Ctrl-N) adds a new favorite at the top of the main menu;
  • changing menu using the dropdown list, using back or top arrows and closing and re-opening the Settings window restore the regular unfiltered list.

...

How can I gather numerous favorites in a clutter-free popup menu?

If your QAP menu gets too long, divide and conquer! Group your favorites by subjects or locations in submenus. To add a submenu, in the Settings window, click the Add button and, in the Add Favorite dialog box, select the Submenu radio button.

  • In the Basic Settings window, give your submenu a name.
  • In the Menu Options, select an icon for your menu or assign a shortcut that will allow to open this specific section of your menu by hitting a shortcut, without having to browse from the main menu.

Submenus can be nested in submenus at will. To move a favorite from one menu to another, click the Edit button or double-click the favorite name and, in the Menu Settings tab, select the new menu in the Favorite parent menu dropdown list.

Can I move a menu and its submenus to its parent menu or any other menu?

Yes! You can move Groups and Shared menus as well.

  1. In the Settings window, select the Menu, Shared menu or Group to move and click Edit.
  2. In the Edit Favorite dialog box, go to the Menu Options tab.
  3. In the Submenu parent menu dropdown list, select the destination submenu and click OK.
  4. Back to the Settings window, Save your changes.

You can only move one Menu, Groups and Shared menus at a time. If the destination menu already contain an item with the moved menu name, you will be asked to rename the menu before moving it.

Can I manage all my menu icons in one screen?

With QAP v8, the Manage Icons dialog box lists all the favorites in your QAP menu with their current icon and the default icon for this type favorite*. To open this dialog box, click the new button Icons in the Settings window (lower right) or add to your menu the QAP Feature named Icons.

Manage Icons - Click to enlarge

Manage Icons - Click to enlarge

Change icon dialog box

Change icon dialog box

For each favorite or submenu, the first two columns show the favorite parent menu and the favorite name. The third column shows the favorite's current icon and a button to select a custom icon. The last column shows the default icon for this type of favorite and a button to reset the favorite to its default icon.

Some types of favorite have their own default icon. For example, Folder favorites have the classic folder icon. Others, like Application and Document favorites, use the default icon from the associated application's executable file.

To select a custom icon, click the Select icon button. In the Change icon dialog box, select the file containing the icon and select the icon. More info on how to embellish your QAP menu with icons.

A note for users upgrading from QAP v7 to v8: to use the new QAP v8 icons, click on the Set default icon for every icon except for your own custom icons or for the Application and Document favorites icons.

* The number of rows displays in the Manage Icons is calculated to display as many icons as possible according to the size of your window. If, for any reason, Windows returns incorrect size value to QAP and the size is incorrect (making the lower buttons invisibles, for example), you can set the number of rows to be displayed by adding the value IconsManageRows under the [Global] section of the QuickAccessPopup.ini file. See How can I edit the file QuickAccessPopup.ini?

Why don't I see the new QAP v8 icons in my menu?

2016-12-30-18_03_19-manage-icons-quick-access-popup-v8To make sure QAP won't overwrite the custom icons you have added to your menu, QAP will not update your icons automatically. I prefer to let you oversee the replacement of old icons using the new Manage Icons dialog box.

A bit of background...

If you started using QAP before v8, your menu includes icons taken from Windows system files shell32.dll and imageres.dll. These icons library files are installed with every Windows version. To use one of these icons, QAP had to specify its position (numeric index) in the library.  The issue with these files is that, from one Windows version to the other, icons were added, removed or moved in the library. This caused me headaches and a lot of tedious work to keep track with these always changing index numbers for the various Windows version of QAP users. Also, because of the lower number of users for these versions, I disabled menu icons on Windows Server to limit the number of library files to monitor.

In addition, if you upgraded to a new Windows version, chances are that some of your icons were replaced with an image not related to the favorite. You probably used my utility QAPupdateIconsWin10-1_1-32-bit.exe to solve this issue.

With QAP v8, this headache is now behind us. I decided to invest some money to buy a licence to include the nice icons from Icons8 (you can help me share this expense, if you wish). With my own icons library, I now rely on stable library file named JLicons.dll. If you installed QAP with the "Easy Setup" mode, this file JLicons.dll is saved in the shared applications folder C:ProgramDataJeanLalonde. If you preferred the "Portable" mode, the file is included in the portable ZIP file and must be kept in the same folder as QAP executable file. And Windows Server users can now see menu icons.

Now, to see these new icons, please use the Manage Icons dialog box and click on the default icons on the right side of the screen to select them.

 

 

How can I restore my icons that got replaced after I updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

Wrong icons imported from Windows 7 under Windows 10

Wrong icons imported from Windows 7 to Windows 10

NOTE: The following info is for users who installed QAP under Windows 7 and upgraded to Windows 10.

Quick Access Popup is using icons from Windows files "shell32.dll" and "imageres.dll" found in the "System32" Windows folder. Microsoft has the bad practice of slightly changing the order of the icons in these files at every major release (and even, sometimes, in service packs).

This has for consequence that, after a Windows update, some QAP favorite icons in QAP suddenly show to the wrong icons in the popup menu. For example, if you just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you will see the submenu icon changed to a surprising blue rounded arrow. To fix this issue, you have to following options (from the quickest to the safest):

1) Download and run the little utility QAPupdateIconsWin10. It will scan your settings file and update every icons number that changed from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It is better to do this just after you upgraded to Windows 10. If you added icons using Windows 10 since you upgraded, there is a slight risk that the app would replace icons numbers that would not need it.

Icons fixed with QAPupdateIconsWin10 utility.

Icons fixed with QAPupdateIconsWin10 utility.

2) Use te QAP Settings window to edit manually the changed icons. I agree, this can be tedious.

3) Use a text editor and open the QuickAccessPopup.ini file. The replace the following strings in the settings file:

Replace from "imageres.dll,203" to "imageres.dll,204" (Special Folders icon)
Replace from "imageres.dll,208" to "imageres.dll,209" (Donate icon)
Replace from "imageres.dll,217" to "imageres.dll,201" (Add This Folder icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,297" to "shell32.dll,299" (Group Save icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,298" to "shell32.dll,300" (Submenu icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,301" to "shell32.dll,319" (Options icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,304" to "shell32.dll,324" (Application icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,305" to "shell32.dll,325" (Switch icon)

Can I create menu entry with a keyboard shortcut in its name? or Why is the "&" hidden in my menu name?

First, the quick answer to the second question: To display an ampersand in a menu you have to type it twice, for example: "Sweet && Sour".

Why? The ampersand character in Windows menu is used to make a keyboard shortcut with the following character. For example, in the screen capture from Notepad on the right, the Replace command can be called by pression Atl + E then R. This is because, under the hood, the menu name is "&Edit" and the menu command is "&Replace".

The ampersand can be inserted anywhere in a menu name to enable the following character as a keyboard shortcut.

And what about Quick Access Popup? If you open the QAP menu using the keyboard shortcut (Win + W), it is easy to fire a favorite by pressing its menu shortcut. In the following example, the Work menu is named "&Work" to enable W as a shortcut (the W appears as underlined if you open the menu with the keyboard shortcut).

Quick Access Popup menu

Normally, Windows will underline the menu shortcuts only when you open the menu with a keyboard shortcut. To force Windows to always display the menu shortcut, check the Underline keyboard shortcuts option in the Ease of Access Center section of the Windows Control Panel.

Underline keyboard shortcuts

Ease of Access Center of Control Panel (groovypost.com)

Can I add a favorite by right-clicking its icon in Windows Explorer?

You can use Windows Explorer context menu (right-click menu) to add favorites of any of these three types: folders, documents and applications. In the following example, the user right-clicked the Project Calendar Excel file. The context menu Add File to Quick Access Popup menu will create a favorite for this document.

Quick Access Popup will automatically detect if the selected file is a folder, a document or an application and will create a favorite of the correct type.

Explorer context menus are also available in Total Commander or Directory Opus.

Read the page Explorer Context Menus Help.

What are snippets? How can I use them to paste frequently used pieces of text?

The favorites of type "Snippet" allow to paste pieces of text into the active application using the QAP popup menu or hotkeys. There are two types of snippets:

  • Text snippets
  • Macro snippets

Text snippet
By default, snippets are of type Text containing characters, end-of-lines and tabs. When you select a text snippet in the popup menu, its content is sent to the active application at the current insertion point as you would do using the Windows Clipboard Paste command (although, the content of the Clipboard is not impacted by this action).

See:

Macro snippet

The second type of snippet, Macro, is for users with some experience with scripting language. Instead of pasting the snippet to a text box or editor, QAP sends its content to the active application as keystrokes that you would type at the keyboard. Macro snippets support the AHK special characters allowing to send special keystrokes like BackspaceHomeControl, etc. This more advanced type of snippet is covered in the Mastering QAP section.

See:

 

How do I create a snippet and paste it when I need it?

Snippets are pieces of text that you can paste into the active application using the QAP popup menu or hotkeys. Text snippets can contain characters, end-of-lines and tabs.

Creating a snippet

  1. In the Settings window, click the Add button and select the type Snippet.
  2. In the Add Favorite dialog box, give the snippet a name for the menu and enter the text in the Content text box.
  3. Starting with v8.4.9.4, you can display the snippet content in regular or fixed font, choose the font size and expand the text box to make editing easier by clicking the + sign (see example below).
  4. Set the menu options as for any other type of favorites and save the favorite snippet.

In the Content text box, by default, pressing Enter will add an end-of-line. Press Ctrl + Tab  to enter a tab. If you prefer, uncheck the Automatically encode end-of-lines and tabs and manage these characters manually: insert `n for end-of-lines, `t for tabs and `` (double-backtick) if you need to insert the backtick (accent grave) character.

Pasting snippets

You can paste snippets as you would launch other types of favorites:

  1. Select the keyboard insertion point in a text zone of the active window.
  2. Click the QAP mouse trigger (by default, middle mouse button) or hit the QAP keyboard hotkey (by default, Windows + W).
  3. In the popup menu, select the snippet. It will be pasted at the keyboard insertion point in the targeted window.

The snippet's content is sent to the active application at the current insertion point as you would do using the Windows Clipboard Paste command. Although, the content of the Clipboard is not impacted by this action.

Snippets tips and tricks

  • If you open the popup menu by clicking the QAP icon in the Notification zone (Windows Tray), middle-clicking in the task bar or the Desktop, the active window loses the focus (become inactive) when the popup menu is open. In order to paste its content, QAP will ask you to activate the window where you want to send the snippet. QAP will display a message asking you to select the target window and hit the Enter key when you are done. You have up to 10 seconds to select the target application, set the keyboard insertion point and press Enter.
  • When pasting the content of a snippet to the active window, QAP inserts three small safety delays. By default, the total duration of these delays is 300 ms (3/10th of a second). If your system is quick enough, starting with version v8.7.1.94, you can try to reduce these delays by editing the three values of WaitDelayInSnippet=40|80|180 in the settings file (see How can I edit the file QuickAccessPopup.ini?).
  • When trying to paste a snippet from the popup menu, some application or control (text area) may lose focus when the QAP menu is popped up making it impossible to paste the snippet in the active window. Pasting a snippet to the Explorer address bar is one example. An alternative is to assign a hotkey to the snippet (Edit Favorite, in Menu Options tab). When invoked from a keyboard hotkey, the focus has much more chances to stay in the active window.
  • When a snippet edited with the Automatically encode end-of-lines checked, the snippet is saved to the settings file (quickaccesspopup.ini) with end-of-lines and tabs are automatically converted to symbols `n  (new line) and `t  (tab). Backtick characters (accent grave) are saved as double-backtick (``).

See also:

What are the QAP features?

QAP Features are powerful functionalities that can be inserted in any QAP menu or submenu. When you install QAP, the My QAP Essentials menu is built with the four most useful features: Switch, Repeat Last ActionsReopen a Folder, Recent FoldersRecent FilesClipboard and Drives (more info about these features).

But here is a list of other useful QAP features:

  • Switch Settings File: when you switch work context, change your QAP settings file to use the different favorites, hotkeys and other preferences.
  • Import/Export Settings: choose to import or export favorites, hotkeys, alternative menu hotkeys, global settings and themes.
  • Get window Title and Class: copy the clicked window title and class to the clipboard allowing to use this info in the QAP Exclusion list or in other apps.
  • Hotkeys: open a dialog box listing all favorite shortcuts in your popup menu and giving access to the Change hotkey dialog box.
  • Settings: direct access to the Setting dialog box.
  • Options: direct access to the Options dialog box.
  • Add Favorite: select the type of favorite to create and add it to your menu.
  • Add this Folder or Link Express: when in a Windows Explorer, a file dialog box or a web browser, add instantly the current folder or web page to the top of the main menu - no question asked.
  • ... and other QAP internal functionalities: About, Exit, Help and Support.

Also, for Total Commander users, the QAP feature TC Directory Hotlist integrates the TC hotlist hierarchical menu inside QAP menu.

Can a submenu be shared on different PCs or by different users?

Yes. Shared menus allow to manage favorites in a setting file that can be shared by different users or used by the same user on different computers. The Shared menu settings file can be saved on a network drive or a shared folder (like Dropbox) and used on different PCs. Add a Shared menu from the Add Favorite dialog box. In the Shared Menu tab, select the type of usage of this shared menu:

Notes:

  • A Shared menu can contain any type of favorites, except other Shared menus.
  • Hotkeys (keyboard or mouse shortcuts) associated to a favorite in a Shared menu is now saved in the Shared menu itself (instead of in the main QuickAccessPopup.ini settings file in versions previous to v8.7.1.93). However, if the same shortcut is used in more than one favorite, only the last favorite shortcut will remain active.
  • Even if QAP provides protection against synchronization conflicts (when users are editing a menu at the same time), syncing issues may (rarely) occur for users working on synchronization platforms like Dropbox or Google Drive that cannot accomplish full real-time syncing. Users sharing menus on network drives will not face these issues.

 

Can I change the font, size or color of the QAP popup menu labels?

Yes and no. QAP is building its menus using standard Windows commands. You can change menu fonts, size or color in Windows Control panel and this will change menus appearance in all applications using standard Windows menus. But you can't change only QAP menus font.

If you want to change the font size to reduce the space because you have many entries in your menu, you can change the size of menu icons, or even completely remove them. This will allow you to have more menu entries in the same space. Also, you can use sub-menus to group menu entries under a single entry.

Can I copy a favorite with all its settings?

Yes. In the Settings window, you can copy favorites of types Folder, Document, Application, Special Folder, Link, FTP and QAP Feature. The Menus and Groups cannot be copied.

To copy a favorite, select it and click the Copy button or hit Control-C. Rename the new favorite or select another submenu using the Menu Options tab.

Starting with v8.6, you can copy multiple favorites in one click. Select the favorites with Shift-Click or Ctrl-Click, click the Copy button and select the destination menu (you cannot copy multiple favorites in their original menu).

What are the different types of favorites?

Quick Access Popup can manage seven types of favorites and offer two ways to group them. The types of favorites are:

  • Folder: Add your most frequently used local or network directories to reach them in a snap in a Windows Explorer, a file dialog box or a custom file manager.
  • Document: Insert your day-to-day documents in you menu and launch them in their native application from any window.
  • Application: Add your favorite applications and get full control on their execution (with command line parameters and working directory).
  • Special Folder: Add Windows system folders from a list of more than 50 special folders, for example: Libraries, Recent items, Recycle Bin, Startup folder, History, Favorites, Quick Launch, Downloads, Cookies, Temporary files, etc.
  • Link (URL): Add your preferred web pages and open them in your default browser at any time or in a specific browser if specified in advanced settings.
  • FTP Site: Open FTP sites in Explorer, Directory Opus or Total Commander, with login name and password inserted in site address (take note that the password is not encrypted, is saved in the settings file and sent on Internet in clear text - be cautious if your password protects sensitive data!).
  • Snippet: Insert sequences of characters that can be typed in a flash when you need to insert them in any application (snippets help).
  • Text Separator: Insert a text menu separator at the current menu position.
  • QAP Feature: Insert Quick Access Popup features like Switch, Reopen a Folder, Drives, Add This Folder or Link, etc. in any submenu and assign them the shortcuts and icons of you choice.

In addition to these favorite types, the Add Favorite dialog box offer two special types that allow you to group your favorites:

  • Submenu: Gather related favorites in a submenu; submenus can be nested at will and each of them can be assigned shortcuts or icons.
  • Group: Launch a group of favorites of any type in one click or one shortcut.
  • Shared Menu: Manage the content of a submenu in an external file that can be saved on a network drive or a shared folder (like Dropbox) and used on different PCs. Shared menu can be used in three flavors:
    • Personal shared menu;
    • Collaborative shared menu for team or workgroup;
    • Centralized shared menu.
    • See shared menus help.

Can I add on the fly a favorite for the folder or the web page I am already in?

The QAP Features Add This Folder or Link and Add This Folder or Link Express allows to quickly add the current folder or web page to your menu. You can add folders this way in Explorer windows or in file dialog box windows (if this option is enabled). And you can add links to web pages in most web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.). When you are in the folder or the web page that you want to add to your menu, select one of these features.

  • If you choose Add This Folder or Link, in the Add Favorite dialog box, enter the menu name of this new favorite and select the desired options in the various tabs. When you add a web page, QAP tries to retrieve the web page title to fill the favorite name automatically
  • If you choose Add this Folder or Link Express, the favorite is instantly added at the top of the main menu with the normal default settings and the folder’s name as menu name. No question asked. If this name is already used, “[!]” is appended to the menu name. If you want to change some settings, open the Settings window.

For folders, these QAP Features record the current position of the Explorer window in the Window Options tab. Unless you check the Use default window position, this position will be automatically restored when you will open this folder in a new window.

What options in the Favorites dialog box change the appearance of the popup menu?

The first two tabs of the Add/Edit favorites dialog box determine how the favorite appears in your QAP menu:

  • Basic Settings: Enter the menu name as it will appear in the popup menu and favorite's path. This is the only info required to create a favorite*.

  • Menu Options: In the first dropdown list, select the submenu that will contain this favorite and, in the second, the position of the favorite in the menu. Then, you can change the default icon proposed for this favorite and configure a mouse or keyboard shortcut to launch it.

* For FTP site favorites, the first tab also include the FTP site Login name and Password. This info is optional if you prefer login manually or login as an anonymous user.

Can I embellish my popup menu with my preferred icons?

See this YouTube video!

By default, Quick Access Popup select icons based various criteria. For documents, it shows the default icon for the document type (based on filename extension). For applications, it reads the default icon in the application executable file. For QAP features, it use a default image representing the feature's action. Finally, for folders, it use the plain basic folder icon or the folder's custom icon if one has been assigned in Windows file system.

You can assign your own custom icons to favorites in the Add / Edit Favorite window. You can pick icons in any .EXE, .DLL or .ICO file. You can even build an .ICO file with your own images (PNG or JPG files) using your image editor or free web tools like www.iconverticons.com/online/.

(This note is obsolete for users running QAP v8+) Note for users running QAP v7 on a Windows Server OS: Menu icons are not supported on Windows Server OS because icons position in icons files (shell32.dll, etc.) are different on servers. For this reason, the Display icons checkbox in Options is disabled (not checkable) when running on a server OS and the Select icon option is not available in Add/Edit favorite dialog box.

Also see how to sync you menu folder icons and Windows folders icons.

Can I use the keyboard to navigate in the favorites list or select favorites in the Settings window?

You can move, edit or delete favorites in the Settings window using your keyboard. You can also select multiple favorites to move or remove them together.

Settings window shortcuts

  • Up: Select previous favorite
  • Down: Select next favorite
  • Enter: Edit one favorite or Move multiple favorites
  • Ctrl-N: Add a new favorite
  • Ctrl-C: Copy favorite(s) (more on this)
  • Del: Remove favorite(s)
  • Shift-Up/Down: Select contiguous favorites
  • Ctrl-Click: Select non-contiguous favorites
  • Ctrl-A: Select all favorites
  • Ctrl-Down: Move favorite(s) down
  • Ctrl-Up: Move favorite(s) up
  • Ctrl-Right: Open selected submenu or group
  • Ctrl-Left: Open parent menu

Can a menu be updated as the content of a folder changes?

Yes, with QAP v8, a Folder favorites can be turned into a Live Folder!

2016-12-30-17_57_14-edit-favorite_-folder-quick-access-popup-v8To enable a Live Folder favorite, add or edit a Folder favorite and go to the Live Folders Options tab. In this tab you click the checkbox Live Folder to transform this favorite into a submenu that reflects the current content of the folder. By default, a Live Folder menu only includes the subfolders and is refreshed as folders are added or removed from the folder (see below when Live Folder's content is refreshed).

To include one or more levels of subfolders under the Live Folder, increase the Number of subfolders levels. Keep it low for large folders or you could reach the maximum number of items allowed in Live Folders (see below).

To include the documents in a Live Folder, click the checkbox Include documents. By default, all documents are included. You can select which files are includes or excluded using the Include or Exclude radio buttons and the text box below to list file extensions to include or exclude (separated by spaces).

After you saved the Live Folder, the favorite appears in the Settings window enclosed by exclamation marks. In the QAP menu, a Live Folder menu starts with a special menu entry to open the Live Folder itself. Below, the folders, documents and/or subfolders are listed, sorted alphabetically.

live-folders-helpIf a Live Folder menu has many entries, you can split its content in columns. Enter the number of items to display per column. Keep the value 0 if you want to display the menu in only one column.

Live Folder menus are refreshed when QAP is launched and each time the menu is saved in Settings. To refresh Live Folder menus on-demand, add to your menu the QAP Feature Refresh Live Folders .

QAP adds items to Live Folders up to a maximum of 500 items (for all Live Folders in the QAP menu). If this number is exceeded, QAP displays an alert message. If you want to increase this limit, add the value NbLiveFolderItemsMax= (and the new limit) under the [Global] section of QuickAccessPopup.ini file. See How can I edit the file QuickAccessPopup.ini?

Be cautious because adding many items to a menu slows down menu refresh. And, more implantant, adding too many items (the threshold depends on your system capacity) can produce unexpected results, including hanging QAP.

In addition to editing a Live Folder favorite in the Settings window, you can also do it using the Alternative menu Edit a Favorite (Shift+Middle Mouse Button or Shift+Win+W) or by clicking any item in a Live Folder menu with Shift+Ctrl menu modifiers pressed.

 

How is built the Switch menu?

The Switch menu is built in two sections. This first part shows the folders already open in the Explorer windows and, if you use this file manager, the Directory Opus listers.

The second part lists running applications (starting with the most recently activated window). Only applications having "visible" windows are listed. System-hidden windows and zero-width/height windows are excluded. Most of the apps in the System Tray could not be listed unless their window is already visible in the task bar.

When you select an item in this menu, its window is automatically activated (bring to the "front"). This menu is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.

What options in the Favorites dialog box impact how the favorites are launched?

The Add/Edit favorites dialog box has three or four tabs depending on the favorite type. The last tabs determine how the favorite are launched:

  • Window Options: This tab is available only for Folder, Special Folder and FTP favorites. If you uncheck the Use default window position, you can enter the position of the window created when you open a folder in a new window. A configurable delay can be set to augment the window moving/resizing reliability.

  • Advanced Settings: You can set various options depending on favorite types.
    • Launch with this application: Select the executable to launch a folder, a special folder, a document, a link or an FTP site.
    • Start in: Set the working directory for applications. Note that not all applications take this parameter into account.
    • Parameters: Add command-line parameters to the command launching your favorite. It is available for all types of favorites. It supports the following location placeholders: {LOC} for full location, {NAME} for file name, {DIR} for directory, {EXT} for extension, {NOEXT} for file name without extension and {DRIVE} for drive letter. It also supports placeholders for the current location.
    • Encode FTP URL: Available only for FTP site favorites, determine if login name and password added to the FTP site URL are encoded or not (take note that, even when encoded, the password is not encrypted and is saved in the settings file and sent on Internet in clear text - be cautious if your password protects sensitive data!).
    • The following example shows a Document favorite that will be launched with the application Do-it.exe and the /X parameter.

Also, for Applications favorites, the check box If the application is already running, activate it instead of launching  in the Basic Settings can be used to flag if you want to bring this application to the front if is is already running instead of starting a new instance of the app.

Can I change folders in file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.)?

Yes, the main QAP triggers (middle mouse button or Windows+W) can change folders in all software that use the standard Windows file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.). Most software do.

However, this feature must be enabled in Options (first tab General, first option of left column).

If you enable this option, you understand that this feature is reserved to "file dialog boxes" (Open, Save As, etc.). If you use it in other types of dialog box, for example a Preferences dialog box, trying to change folder in this dialog box could modify and save values in the dialog box without any notification (see a more technical explanations below).

In order to enable Change folders in dialog box, you must confirm in the QAP Options that you understand the consequence of misusing the change folder feature in "non-file dialog boxes" and that you will only use it the proper dialog boxes.

Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box

New! A feature introduced in QAP v8.5 called Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box under the submenu My QAP Essentials can accelerate your work in file dialog boxes by taking you instantly to the folder you use in Windows Explorer. See this video demo.

Technical explanation

If the Change folders in dialog box is enabled and you select a Folder favorite while the mouse cursor is over a dialog box (or when a dialog box is the active window if you use the keyboard hotkey), QAP sends commands to change the current folder in this dialog box. If the dialog box is not an Open or Save As dialog box, if it is an Options dialog box instead, for example, QAP cannot detect it (because all dialog boxes have the same class name "#32770", regardless of the dialog box task) and QAP will act as if it was a file dialog box.

To change folder, QAP tries to change the content of a text field of the dialog box named internally "Edit1" or "Edit2" (in a file dialog box, this field is usually labeled File name). If it succeeds, QAP sends "Enter" to press the OK button of the dialog box. In a file dialog box, it changes the current folder in the dialog box. Then, QAP restores the initial content of the Filename field and stops, letting the user continue his work.

If the dialog box is not a file dialog box but contains an "Edit1" or "Edit2" (I've seen this situation only once but I have no stats on this), there is a risk to see the text field changed and the "Enter" sent to the OK to the dialog box, saving the changed content without the user consent. I never heard of a case where it really happened, but the risk exist in theory.

Can I launch my favorites with keyboard or mouse shortcuts?

Shortcuts addicts will feel like in a candy store 🙂 !  In Quick Access Popup, any favorite location can be associated to a keyboard or a mouse shortcut. Use the Menu Options tab in the Add/Edit Favorite  dialog box to assign hotkeys.

Shortcuts can be assigned to any type of favorite. Not only to folders, documents or applications, but also to submenus, groups of favorites or QAP features.

When setting a shortcut, QAP check if the shortcut is already assigned to another favorite or to one of the QAP menus triggers. If yes, it will ask for another shortcut.

You can assign a mouse button using the Mouse drop down list. You can also use any key in the Keyboard key selector ("T" in the above screen capture). You can also select special characters like space bar, tab, enter, escape or menu key (also known as "application key" or "context menu key", and displayed "application" in the key selector) by clicking on the desired link under the key selector.

All these mouse buttons or keys can be combined with one or more of the keyboard modifiers on the left side: Shift, Alt, Ctrl and Win keys. You can create shortcuts for Left only, Right only or Any keyboard modifiers. For example, Left Alt + Space and Right Alt + Space can launch different favorites or submenus. In the hotkeys lists, left modifiers are prefixes with "<" (for example "<Alt+Space") and right modifiers with ">" (for example, ">Alt+Space").

You can select None to remove the shortcut or, when a default hotkey is defined for this favorite, click Reset default hotkey to choose the suggested hotkey.

Manage Hotkeys

To get a global view of your keyboards or mouse shortcuts, click the Hotkeys button in the Settings window. In the shortcuts list of the Manage Hotkeys window, you can sort shortcuts by Menu, Favorite NameHotkey or Favorite Location.  Double click a shortcut to change or remove its assigned hotkey.

By default, the list shows only favorites with shortcuts. Check See all favorites to find the favorites for which you could assign a new shortcut.

What are hotstrings?

Available with QAP v9 (to be released - soon available as beta release v8.7.1.97), hotstrings is a new way to launch your favorites.

An hotstring is a small sequence of keys that automatically trigger a QAP favorite (as a keyboard shortcut would do). The most common action for an hotstring is to replace an abbreviation (also called trigger) with the full content of a Text Snippet favorite.

For example, if you set "adr#" as an hotstring for a Text Snippet containing your full address, when, in any window, you type "adr#" plus Space or Enter, the trigger "adr#" is automatically deleted and your full address is typed as a replacement. This works in any application with what you type in the application's active window. In my example, the hash ("#") symbols at the end of the hotstring is my personal way to make sure the hotstring is unique.

Hotstrings can also launch any type of favorites (folders, documents, applications, etc.). With some creativity, users could find efficient ways to use hotstring for any kind of favorites, or even some funny ways, for example, play a gentle sound when you type your sweetheart's name. Hotstring can even open a submenu of your QAP menu or launch a group of favorites.

Using hotstrings

Since hotstrings are generally used with Snippet favorites, add a favorite of type Snippet or edit an existing Snippet favorite. In the Content text zone of the Basic Settings tab, type what will be sent as replacement text for this hotstring. Remember that you will also be able to send this content to the active window by selecting the favorite in the popup menu or by assigning a keyboard shortcut to this favorite.

To set an hotstring, open the Edit Favorite dialog box and select the Menu Options tab. Then, click the Change button beside Hotstring (trigger and options).

In the Change hotstring dialog box, set the trigger and its options. Any character (letters, numbers or symbols) can be used as trigger.

Due to large number of options combinations (taking into account its case-sensitivity and other options), QAP does not validate that the hotstring abbreviations are unique. In case of duplication, depending on various options, only one hotstring may be triggered. Checkbox options are described below.

When an hotstring is added to a favorite, its trigger will be displayed in the popup menu between parenthesis, after the favorite name. This reminder is displayed (or not) according to the Hotkey and Hotstring reminders option in the Menu tab of the Options window.

The favorites hotstrings are also displayed in the Settings main window, under the Hotkey column, after the keyboard shortcut if there is one.

Managing hotstrings

You can review all your hostrings at once in the Manage Hotkeys dialog box. Click the Hotstrings label just below the Hotkeys button in the Settings window (see lower-right of the previous screen capture). This will take you the Hotstrings tab in the Manage Hotkeys dialog box (you can change tab at the top to edit keyboard Shortcuts if you wish). Double-click on a favorite to edit its hotstring. If you want to add hotstrings to other favorites, first click the See all favorites checkbox (lower-left) to display favorites without hotstring and double-click the favorite to edit.

Hotstrings options

Six options can be configured for each hotstrings. These are for specific needs and may be left with their default unchecked values.

  • Case sensitive: When you type an abbreviation, it must exactly match the case defined in the favorite.
  • Do not conform to typed case: Use this option to make the text replacement case insensitive and prevent them from conforming to the case of the characters you actually type as trigger. With default case-conforming hotstrings, if you type the abbreviation in all caps, its replacement text will be also types in all caps. If you type the first letter in caps, the first letter of the replacement will also be capitalized (if it is a letter). If you type the case in any other way, the replacement is sent exactly as defined in the Snippet.
  • Expand inside other words: The hotstring will be triggered even when it is inside another word; that is, when the character typed immediately before it is alphanumeric. For example, if an hotstring to the Text Snippet "airline", typing "practical " would produce "practicairline ".
  • Keep hotstring abbreviation: Automatic backspacing is not done to erase the abbreviation you type. This can be used in case your trigger is the beginning of your content and you need to keep it.
  • Do not wait for Ending key: Normally, an ending character (e.g. Space, period, or Enter) is required to trigger the hotstring. With this option, you will not need to type this ending key. For example, the abbreviation adr# will be replaced (or will launch its associated favorite) the moment you type the # character. Ending characters are: Space, Enter, Tab and the keys - ( ) ' : ; " / , . ? ! [ ] { } \
  • Do not keep Ending key: Delete the ending character types after the trigger after the replacement is produced (or the favorite is launched).

Default hotstring options

If you always use the same options for your hotstrings, you can set them in the Options window, Hotkeys tab.

These default options will only be used for new hotstrings. They will not impact existing hotstrings.

If, like me, you always end the triggers with a specific character ("#" in my case) to make them unique, you can set the option Do not wait for Ending key as default and the last character of your trigger ("#") will immediately launch the replacement or the favorite.

When should I use the Reopen a Folder menu?

The Reopen a Folder shows the folders already open in the Explorer windows and the Directory Opus listers if you use this file manager. It is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.

The Reopen a Folder is particularly useful when you are in a file dialog box and want to open a file in a folder already open in another Explorer window. Just select one of these folders in the QAP menu and the dialog box will be moved to it. Change folder in dialog boxes must be enabled in Options.

What is in the Clipboard menu?

The Clipboard menu in the My QAP Essentials menu reflects the content of you current Windows clipboard. If the clipboard contains documents, applications or folders file path, QAP shows this list in the menu, allowing you to open a document, launch an application or navigate to a folder found in the clipboard.

For example, if you select and copy a group of files in Windows Explorer, the list of file paths resides in the Windows clipboard. Quick Access Popup scans this content and adds the files that exists in your system to the Clipboard menu. You can also copy a list of files from a text editor (or any other source) and QAP will display these files in the menu (each line of text must contain a file name/path alone). Relative paths and environment variables are supported.

QAP also scans the Windows clipboard for URLs and displays them as Link entries in the Clipboard menu. In the case of URLs, an address can stands anywhere on a line of text copied to the Clipboard. However, if one line contains more than one URL, only the last one will included in the menu.

If you open the Clipboard menu when the Windows clipboard contains no file or URL, it keeps its previous content until you open the Clipboard menu again or exit QAP.

 

Can I change to a folder relatively to the folder I am in?

This feature requires Quick Access Popup v7.9.2.3 (BETA) or more recent.

Let's say you have various folders with the same subfolders structure, for example:

C:/Client-1
C:/Client-1/Contract
C:/Client-1/Contract/Draft
C:/Client-1/Contract/Signed
C:/Client-2
C:/Client-2/Contract
C:/Client-2/Contract/Draft
C:/Client-2/Contract/Signed
etc.

You can create a favorite folder that will open a given subfolder under the current folder (the folder inside the active Windows Explorer window). For example, a favorite named Current Client's Signed Contract would open the Signed subfolder for Client-1 if you are in the C:/Client-1 folder, or for the second client if you are in C:/Client-2, etc.

Create a favorite folder with the Folder (path) {CUR_LOC}/Contract/Signed in the Basic Settings tab:

When you will launch this favorite, QAP will get the current folder (in Windows Explorer, Directory Opus or Total Commander) and will replace the placeholder {CUR_LOC} with the current location. To avoid "folder not found" errors, make sure you have a strictly constant subfolders structure and that you always use this favorite in the appropriate folder (a "root" client folder in our example).

Current location placeholders can also be inserted in location for favorites of types Document and Application.

See also this page for more info about the Start In and Parameters settings: Can I pass the current folder as parameter to an application launched with QAP?.

Can I pass the current folder as parameter to an application launched with QAP?

When you open the QAP popup menu in a folder and launch an Application favorite, you can use the active folder in two ways:

  • you can pass this folder as the Start In folder (take note that not all applications will use this setting);
  • or you can pass the current folder (or any part of it) as a command-line parameter.

See this page for more info about the Start In and Parameters settings: What are favorites advanced settings?.

Let's see how to use the current folder with this very basic example. First, create a batch file containing the following two lines:

dir %1
pause

In my example, I saved it in C:TEMPMyBatch.bat. We will create two favorites of type Application.

Add an Application favorite and name it MyBatch Start In. Enter the location of your batch in the first tab. In the Advanced Settings tab, check the Start application in the folder location where this favorite is launched checkbox and save the favorite.

Now open Windows Explorer in one of your working folders and, in the QAP popup menu (middle mouse button or Windows + W), launch the MyBatch Start In favorite. You will see that the DIR command is executed inside the current folder because the command is "started" in this folder.

In the second example, we will use the %1 parameter added to the DIR %1 command in your batch file. In the QAP Settings window, click the Copy button to copy the favorite we just created and rename it MyBatch Parameter. In the Advanced Settings, uncheck the Start application... checkbox and insert the code "{CUR_LOC}" in the Parameters zone (make sure you enclose your parameter between double-quotes in case the current folder includes spaces).

in the Current parameters with expanded placeholders text box, you see an example of the command-line parameter that will be passed to your application. The location "x:containing_folderlast_folder" will be replaced with the location where you will launch your application. Save your favorite and launch it in your working folder.

At first sight, the result is pretty the same withe the two favorites. But, in the second case, instead of the Start In option, we used the application Parameters to tell your batch what folder to list.

In real-life situations, you will see what approach to use depending on your needs and on your app's capabilities.

How can I enter multiple parameters for an application favorite?

In favorites advanced settings, you can enter command line parameters (also called arguments) that are added to the application path when the application is launched (more info on this). If you have only one parameter, simply type it in the last tab of the Add/Edit Favorite dialog box. Usually, you would not need to enclose the parameter between double-quotes but this is something you could try if this does not work as expected.

You need to know that not all applications parse command-line parameters the same way. This is why some trial-error may be required. This is especially true if you want to enter more than one parameter. These parameters need to be separated but putting a space between them. But this may not be sufficient because spaces could be part of the parameters. The solution I found (based on my personal experience with a limited number of applications) is to enclose each parameter between double-quotes.

For example, if you want to launch Outlook with two parameters:

  • in Location (first tab) of an Application favorite, enter Outlook.exe (you don't need to enter the full path if the application is properly registered in your Windows environment);
  • in the last tab Advanced Settings, in Parameters, enter "/a c:filename.txt" "/nopollmail" (double quotes around each parameter, one space between the two parameters).

This will launch Outlook without checking mail at startup ("/nopollmail") and will create a new mail item with the specified file attached ("/a c:filename.txt").

But remember that this technique is not universal and may require adjutments depending on the target application.

What are favorites advanced settings?

Advanced Settings give more control on how favorites are launched.

  • Launch with this application: Normally, folders and FTP sites are open with Windows Explorer (or your custom file manager), documents are open with their default application and links are accessed with your default browser. With the advanced setting Launch with this application, you can choose which application will be used to launch your favorite.
  • Parameters: Add command-line parameters to the command that will launch your favorite. This option is available for all types of favorites. It supports location placeholders: for example "{LOC}" in the parameter will be replaced with the full path and file name of the favorite's location. You can also insert in the command-line only parts of the location (examples are based the the location "C:/MyFolder/MyFile.exe") :
    • {LOC} for full location ("C:/MyFolder/MyFile.exe")
    • {NAME} for file name ("MyFile.exe")
    • {DIR} for directory ("C:/MyFolder")
    • {EXT} for extension ("exe")
    • {NOEXT} for file name without extension ("MyFile")
    • and {DRIVE} for drive letter. ("C")

    See also:

  • Can I pass the current folder as parameter to an application launched with QAP?

  • How can I enter multiple parameters for an application favorite?

  • Start in: This advanced setting available for Application favorites allows to set the default working directory for the application. Take note that not all applications will use this setting.
  • Encode FTP URL: When you specify user name and password for a FTP favorite, these values are added to the URL and sent to the FTP server. When enabled, this options make sure login name and password are properly encoded. Some application (like Total Commander) may prefer the values to be sent without encoding. For these apps, uncheck the option.Take note that this encoding is not encrypting. It does not prevent the password from being saved in the settings file and sent on Internet in clear text. Be cautious if your password protects sensitive data!

Can I launch a group of favorites in one click?

Yes. Often favorites for a given project or task need to be launched together. Quick Access Popup let you gather different folders, documents or application that can be launched in one click, each favorite in the group having its own settings. Folder in the group can also have a predefined window position.

You can create and manage groups as you would do for submenus. Favorites can be moved in and out of groups and submenus. If a folder member of the group has its own window location properties (in the Window Options tab), the folder is restored at its location and size. A delay can be configured in group's advanced settings to pace the restoration of group windows.

In the QAP menu, group names are followed by the number of items in the group between double-square brackets (for example: Group name [[5]]) making groups easy to recognize in menus.

Folders in groups can be restored with Windows Explorer or your custom file manager Directory Opus or Total Commander. If you are using Directory Opus or Total Commander, you can set on what side (or pane) of the file manager each folder member of a group will be open. Each favorite on the same side are open in tabs from left to right in the order they appear in the group.

Can I repeat or reopen one of the last favorites I selected recently?

You can reopen a recently opened favorite in the Repeat Last Actions menu (starting with v8.7). If this menu is not already in your popup menu, add a new favorite, select the favorite type QAP Feature and choose Repeat Last Actions (plural) or Repeat Last Action (singular).

If you select Repeat Last Action (singular), an item labeled Repeat Last Action is added to this menu and, when you select it, it reopen the last favorite you opened. The label of this feature is always Repeat Last Action. You have to remember what was the last action you selected.

If you select Repeat Last Actions (plural), a menu labeled Repeat Last Actions is shown containing the 10 most recent favorites that you launched. You can configure the number of items in this menu in the OptionsMenu tab.

Items in the Repeat Last Actions menu are sorted chronologically (most recent first). When an item is selected in the Repeat Last Actions menu, it is launched and its entry is moved to the top of the menu.

If a favorite is edited, the favorite in the Repeat Last Actions menu will remain unchanged. And if a favorite is removed, it will stay in the Repeat Last Actions menu until it is pushed out of the menu or until QAP is closed.

Can I sync menu icons with custom Windows folder icons?

QAP can read the current Windows folders custom icons and even set new custom icons to Windows folders .

When you create a favorite folder, if the folder already has a custom icon (configured in the hidden system file desktop.ini), this icon will automatically be associated to your new favorite and shown in your QAP menu.

If the folder has no icon, you can use the Add/Edit favorite dialog box link Set Windows folder icon to change the icon in the folder's desktop.ini files to the image selected for your favorite. That way, your QAP menu and your Windows file system will show the same icons for your favorite folders. QAP can also Remove Windows folder icon if you want to revert your changes.

See this YouTube video!

Users running QAP on Windows Server, please read the note at the end of this entry.

From where comes the content of the Recent folders and Recent files menus?

The Recent folders and Recent files menus list the recent places or documents memorized by Windows. An option in the General tab of the Options window determines the number of items displayed in these menus (default is 10).

Quick Access Popup Recent folders and Recent files are taken from the Windows virtual folder Recent items (C:/Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Recent or, using the appdata variable, %appdata%/Microsoft/Windows/Recent).

This Windows system folder lists the files and folders recently accessed by the user. The Recent Folders menu includes only folder items from this list and the Recent Files includes the rest of it. Windows is also using this list to populate the Recent Places virtual folder found in Explorer left pane. Recent items are also used to populate the Microsoft applications Jump Lists.

How can I delete the content of the Recent Folders or Recent Files menus?

The Recent folders and Recent Files menus are subsets of the recent items memorized by Windows. You can reset the whole list of recent items:

  1. Open this folder:
    C:/Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Recent
    or use this shortcut:
    %appdata%/Microsoft/Windows/Recent
  2. Make sure the navigation pane is visible. If required, use the Organize menu.
  3. Right-click the Recent places in the navigation pane and select Clear Recent Items List. Recent items are now gone and the Recent Folders and Recent Files menus in Quick Access Popup are now empty.

Why are QAP context menus not working in some windows?

In some setup, the QAP context menus may work in Windows Explorer windows but not in a custom file manager (like Total Commander).  Or the opposite.

This is generally because some applicatinos are running with different access privileges.

For example, if your file manager is running with administrator permissions while QAPmessenger.exe (that app transmitting commands from context menus to QAP) is running with standard permissions, messages sent from the context menu could not be received by QAPmessenger. Maybe you should run your file manager with regular permission or, on the opposite, launch QAPmessenger.exe with elevated privileges.

The opposite could also be true: if QAP runs in admin mode and Windows Explorer (or Total Commander) in standard mode, context menus in Explorer could not launch QAP commands because QAP has higher permissions than Explorer. Context menu can only call apps having privileges equal or lower than Windows Explorer has.

Please read more about QAP and Windows Access Control List (ACL).

To find more about installation and enabling of Explorer context menu, read the Explorer Context Menus Help.

Why is the middle mouse button not working over some windows?

Note to power users with more technical knowledge about ACL: do not hesitate to use the comment form below to give more detailed or accurate information.

Most of the time, this issue is related to ACL (Windows Access Control List).

Each window in Windows is launched with a given set of rights. Basically, there are two levels:

  • user level (standard permissions)
  • administrator level (elevated permissions)

With elevated privileges, user can make changes to the system that can affect all other users on the system.

Quick Access Popup hotkeys (by default, middle mouse button) only work on windows that have equal or lower access level. If you start an application with an higher "administrator" privileges (using the Run As Administrator Windows Explorer menu), QAP will not have the permission to open its menu over the windows created by this app. To do so, you would have to also launch QAP with administrator privileges.

Is it a good idea to launch QAP as Administrator? You have to know that every program started from QAP will the also inherit these enhanced rights. This could allow them to do changes on your system without prompting you. From a system security point of view, this may put your system at risk. In other words, you have to know what you are doing.

Can I create favorites on network drives?

Yes. Quick Access Popup supports regular file system folders and UNC locations like network folders or WebDAV folders (Sharepoint libraries, etc.).

HTTP locations (URL format) will be automaticaly transformed to network path (UNC format) for compatibility with Windows Explorer. For example, http://abc.server.com/folder/subfolder/My Name.doc will be replaced by \abc.server.comfoldersubfolderMy%20Name.doc

In a file Explorer, if a location is password protected, you may need to be logged in manually *before* navigating to it using Quick Access Popup.

Can I create a favorite for an internal command (also called DOS commands) like DIR or XCOPY?

Yes. But creating an application favorite for a Windows/DOS built-in command (like dir, copy, rd, start, etc.) is a bit tricky. You have to create an Application favorite and insert as the application path:

%COMSPEC%

This is an environment variable containing the path to the Console (or CMD) executable. Then, in the Advanced Settings tab, enter the following Parameters:

/k command param1 "param 2"
or
/c command param1 "param 2"

With "/k" the Console window remain open after the command is executed. With "/c", it will be closed. "command" is the command you want to launch ("DIR" in the following example. And "param1" (etc.) are the parameters for the command. Enclose each of them in double-quotes if they include spaced.

In the following example, the DIR command is called to list the .EXE files in the current folder ("{cur_loc}" is replaced with the path of the folder on which you middle-clicked to open the QAP popup menu):

Can I use system environment variables in favorite paths?

Yes. Tech support, sysadmin and other power users love it!

In any file path (folder, document or application), the system environment variables like %appdata%, %public%, %temp% or %userprofile% (etc.) are supported in favorite location (for example: "%appdata%/Microsoft/Templates" will take you to the folder "C:/Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Templates").

System variables can also be inserted in favorite advanced settings Parameters, Launch with this application and Start in. See What are favorites advanced settings?

You can also enter a location without path. In this case, the file is searched in the PATH environment variable directories or in app paths in the Windows registry. In these examples, the folders in the resolved path column are assumed to be in the PATH variable. If you enter an application location without a file extension, it is searched for all executable extensions in the PATHEXT variable: .COM; .EXE; .BAT; .CMD; .VBS; etc.

File without path Resolved path
Shell32.dll C:/Windows/System32/Shell32.dll
Notepad.exe C:/Windows/Notepad.exe
Notepad C:/Windows/Notepad.exe

Can I use relative paths in favorite settings?

Yes.You can enter path such using the ".." (parent directory) and "/" (root directory) symbols in favorite locations or advanced settings. Relative paths are "expanded" based on the current QAP working directory (see What's the QAP working directory?).

Note: I'm using forward slashes here because WordPress tend to remove backslashes from posts. So in the path examples in this page, replace forward slashes with backslashes.

In the following table, the relative paths are expanded as if the working directory was "M:/MyTools/QAP/".

Relative path Expanded path
../Editor/MyNotepad.exe M:/MyTools/Editor/MyNotepad.exe
../../setup.ini M:/setup.ini
/MyTools/MyDocs M:/MyTools/MyDocs

That way, a user having to run various tools on a host PC can carry a set of apps on a USB drive or key and use Quick Access Popup to easily launch his tools regardless of the drive letter assigned to the USB device by the host system. Combined with the use of system environment variables and special folders to easily access host PC's system folders and user's data, this make QAP the perfect tool for tech support users.

Relative paths can be used in favorite locations,  advanced settings Parameters, Launch with this application and Start in. It can also be used for icons with the Edit icon resource link in the Menu Options tab of the Add/Edit favorite dialog box.

You can also enter a location without path. In this case, the file is searched in the PATH environment variable directories or in app paths in the Windows registry. In these examples, the folders in the resolved path column are assumed to be in the PATH variable. If you enter a location without a file extension, it is searched with all executable extensions in the PATHEXT variable: .COM; .EXE; .BAT; .CMD; .VBS; etc.

File without path Resolved path
Shell32.dll C:/Windows/System32/Shell32.dll
Notepad.exe C:/Windows/Notepad.exe
Notepad C:/Windows/Notepad.exe

 

What’s the QAP working directory?

The working directory is the folder where the QAP settings file QuickAccessPopup.ini is saved and updated.

If you installed QAP using the "one-step installation" procedure, the working directory is [user folder]/AppData/Roaming/Quick Access Popup (for example, C:/Users/Jean/AppData/Roaming/Quick Access Popup).

If you preferred the portable installation, by default the working directory is where the QuickAccessPopup.exe program is running.

In any case, you can set your own working directory by editing the QAP shortcut in the Startup folder (or create your own shortcut) and set the working directory in the Start in: field of the shortcut.

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