[Wishlist] Press alternate keys (Shift, Ctrl, etc.) to launch alternative commands from the popup menu
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QAP has two types of triggers to open two different menus. Each menu can be open with a mouse button and a keyboard hotkey.
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).
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).
Alternative menu features
The Alternative menu offers the following features:
Three Alternative menu features are also available directly from the regular menu by using keyboard modifiers when clicking a favorite in the popup menu:
Three Alternative menu features are available directly from the regular menu by using keyboard modifiers when clicking a favorite in the popup menu:
More info about these features: What are the Alternative menu features?.
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.
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:
Another QAP feature is inserted in the main menu during installation:
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.
First, a bit of background about Folders Popup hotkeys. in FP, two mouse/keyboard hotkeys were available:
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.
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)
Alternative Menu hotkey (by default Shift+Middle mouse button)
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.