[Wishlist] Configure Explorer Context menus

From Steffen:

It would be great to have the possibility to select which actions are shown in the Explorer context menus. For example, when right clicking on a folder in Explorer, I would like to have "Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu Express" instead of "Add Folder to Quick Access Popup menu" (I know I could use Shift+Rightclick to get the Express entry, but I would prefer this entry at a simple right-click.) Maybe you could also abbreviate the entry: "Add Folder to QAP menu Express".

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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.

Can I add a favorite by right-clicking its icon in Windows Explorer?

You can use Windows Explorer context menu (right-click menu) to add favorites of any of these three types: folders, documents and applications. In the following example, the user right-clicked the Project Calendar Excel file. The context menu Add File to Quick Access Popup menu will create a favorite for this document.

Quick Access Popup will automatically detect if the selected file is a folder, a document or an application and will create a favorite of the correct type.

Explorer context menus are also available in Total Commander or Directory Opus.

Read the page Explorer Context Menus Help.

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.

Why are QAP context menus not working in some windows?

In some setup, the QAP context menus may work in Windows Explorer windows but not in a custom file manager (like Total Commander).  Or the opposite.

This is generally because some applicatinos are running with different access privileges.

For example, if your file manager is running with administrator permissions while QAPmessenger.exe (that app transmitting commands from context menus to QAP) is running with standard permissions, messages sent from the context menu could not be received by QAPmessenger. Maybe you should run your file manager with regular permission or, on the opposite, launch QAPmessenger.exe with elevated privileges.

The opposite could also be true: if QAP runs in admin mode and Windows Explorer (or Total Commander) in standard mode, context menus in Explorer could not launch QAP commands because QAP has higher permissions than Explorer. Context menu can only call apps having privileges equal or lower than Windows Explorer has.

Please read more about QAP and Windows Access Control List (ACL).

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