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 on the fly. When you are in a favorite folder, open the QAP popup menu, select the menu Add This Folder (or press Shift+Control+A) and enter the menu name of this new favorite. See more info about the Add This Folder 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.

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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.

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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.

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.
Note: You should 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.
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 subdirectory (named _temp) to store small images and language files required at run time. This folder is deleted when the app quits. 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]AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup 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:ProgramDataQuick 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:UsersUsernameAppDataRoamingQuick 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 Console (CMD utility), Quick Access Popup provides extended support for popular Explorer replacement applications Directory Opus and Toral 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.