First, a bit of background about Folders Popup hotkeys. in FP, two mouse/keyboard hotkeys were available:
- 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.
- 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.
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:
||Middle mouse button
||Windows-W (see footnote)
||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.