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.

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 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.


[Wishlist] Offer two hotkeys to launch the QAP menu: Launch/Navigate hotkey and Alternative hotkey

First, a bit of background about Folders Popup hotkeys. in FP, two mouse/keyboard hotkeys were available:

  1. Middle Mouse Button (or Win+A): to navigate to a favorite folder (change folder in the current Explorer or dialog box), available only when the target window is a File Explorer or a dialog box.
  2. Shift+Middle Mouse Button (or Shift+Win+A): available over any target window, to open a favorite folder in a new Explorer window.

A FP user (I have to retrieve his name) one day suggested to merge the “Navigate” and “Launch” hotkeys in one key and to navigate to the favorite folder if the target window is a file Explorer or dialog box that can be “navigated”, or if not, to open the favorite folder in a new window.

Before I continue, I have to explain that all dialog boxes, all have the same signature (or "class") whether they are "file dialog box" or another type of dialog box, for example an "option dialog box". Because of this, I resisted the idea of merging hotkeys because there is a risk that, if the user activate the menu on a dialog box that is not a file dialog box and try to change the folder, Quick Access Popup could change some values in the dialog box inadvertently.

I would like to implement this because this risk is pretty low and, on the other hand, it is much easier for users to remember only one hotkey and to be able to activate this hotkey over any window. From comments received on FP website, I know that users wondered why the hotkey does work pop over certain window and did not read about the "Shift+Click Middle Mouse button" hotkey thing to pop the menu over non Explorer or dialog box windows.

New implementation
This long intro (that I hope is not too hard to follow) to say that the new approach being currently developed in QAP is:

Launch/Navigate hotkey (by default Middle mouse button)

  • Available over any window
  • Display the main menu and...
    • 1) If the user select a Application, Document or Link favorite, launch the application, document or link
    • 2) If the user select a Folder or a Special folder favorite...
      • 2 a) if the target window is a File Explorer, navigate to the favorite folder
      • 2 b) if the target window is of any other type, open the folder in a new Explorer window
      • 2 c) if the target window is a dialog box and the user enabled navigation in dialog box (see the option below), navigate the dialog box to the favorite folder

Alternative Menu hotkey (by default Shift+Middle mouse button)

  • Available over any window
  • First display a menu of "alternative features" such as:
    • Open in a new window (open the favorite folder in a new window even if the current window is an Explorer)
    • Copy favorite's path or URL to Clipboard (current FP feature)
    • Edit a favorite (see this item)
  • Then, display the favorite popup menu and, when the user select a favorite, execute the previously selected "alternative feature".

Option to change folders in dialog box with the Navigate hotkeys

As I mentioned previously, the main QAP hotkey can change a folder in a dialog box if the feature is enabled in Options. But you must use this feature only in "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. 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 (Open, Save As, etc.).

Summary of hotkeys
The triggers for these two hotkeys can be configured with a mouse and a keyboard hotkey. Default hotkeys will be:

Hotkey Mouse hotkey Keyboard hotkey
Launch/Navigate Middle mouse button Windows-W (see footnote)
Alternative Menu Shift+Middle Mouse Button
(or Special button 2 if available)

Note: Default keyboards hotkeys were Windows+A and Shift+Windows+A in Folders Popup. They are changed to Windows+W and Shift+Windows+W because Windows+A is now a reserved shortcut in Windows 10.