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).

  1. 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.

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 is built when you installed QAP. Feel free to add special folders to this menu or to move them around.

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 a Folder menu, open a folder in Explorer from a menu built with the list of folders open in Explorer.
  • The Recent folders menu lists the recent folders 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 menu allows to add the current folders 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.

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

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

  • 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;
    • open the QuickAccesssPopup.ini file to fine tune your settings (make sure you have a safe backup before editing this file);
    • Restart Quick Access Popup after changes has been made to the ini file;
    • select the Run at Startup option to launch QAP automatically;
    • choose Suspend Hotkeys to temporarily disable all QAP hotkeys;
    • 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 Quit Quick Access Popup to unload QAP from the active memory.

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.

 

Which QAP features 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 ten 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

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