Here is the easy "one-step" installation:
- Download, execute this exe file and just follow the setup instructions.
If you get a virus or malware alert from your anti-virus or protection software about Quick Access Popup being a potential threat, this is not the case (you can trust me… or read this setup file anti-virus report by VirusTotal.com). Please, also read this post: How can I use QAP if an anti-virus is blocking its download or its execution?
If you prefer to use Quick Access Popup in “portable” mode, read this: How can I install Quick Access Popup to make it fully portable? This will, for example, allow you to run Quick Access Popup from an external drive or USB key.
System administrators who install QAP for another end-users, please read this: Are administrator rights required to install QAP?
Quick Access Popup is launched automatically when you start Windows because a shortcut has been added to the Windows Startup folder when it was installed (see note below for users who choose portable install). This option can be changed in one of these ways.
- Right-click the QAP icon in the Notification Area (System Tray) menu to open the QAP system menu and select/deselect Run at Startup.
- In the Settings dialog box, click the Options button to open the Options dialog box and check/uncheck the Run at Startup option in General tab.
When you install a the new version of QAP, the shortcut in your Startup folder is automatically updated to launch the new version, if automatic startup is enabled.
Note for users who choose portable install: In order to not interfere with the host systems where you could run QAP in portable mode, this option is not turned on by default. But you could choose to turn it on on your permanent installations.
All you need to know about anti-virus false positives (false alerts)...
Protection software block malware applications that could harm your PC. But, sometime, they can also make collateral damages and block legit software like Quick Access Popup.
To prevent bad programs from taking control or infiltrate your PC, protection programs use two protection approaches.
- Some protection programs block known malware and frequently update a blacklist database to catch these apps before they can do damage.
- But more often, protection software have a more aggressive approach: they block any app that could cause damage based on various criteria. To allow good applications to work, they maintain a whitelist of trusted apps.
This may result in occasional false malware alerts. In the case of Quick Access Popup, between 0% and 4% of the various detection softwares can produce such false alerts. All others declare Quick Access Popoup as clean and safe! If your protection software is blocking it, please see if you can approve (whitelist) Quick Access Popup in the configuration of your software. Also, you can probably go to your software website and report Quick Access Popup as a good app to add to the whitelist database. See the example in the comments on the page on this subject for my older app Folders Popup.
More about this issue in this post from another independent developer: Antivirus companies cause a big headache to small developers.
Needless to say - all these virus-related email messages that I receive every day are a big headache and require me to waste my time on answering/handling them, instead of adding new features to my utilities and updating my site. [ more... ]
At least, I know I'm not the only small developer facing this issue...
Windows Defender is blocking Quick Access Popup
Until any new version of Quick Access Popup is recognized as a legit software by Windows Defender, this protection software could delete the QAP setup file when you try to install it. If you trust me and want to run QAP, you can prevent it: launch Windows Defender (type "Defender" in the search/launch bar) and open the History tab. See the instructions below (screen capture is in French; I translated to the best of my knowledge).
Google Chrome is blocking Quick Access Popup
Until Quick Access Popup is recognized by Google Chrome as a legit software, you may see the following alert messages on your download bar (in your own Chrome language - this one is in French).
If Chrome tells you (my own translation to English): "The file quickaccesspopup-setup.exe is not commonly downloaded. It could harm your computer". If you trust me and want to run QAP, in the menu, click Keep.
Since September 2016, Quick Access Popup setup and executable files are signed with a software certificate assessing that the publisher is known (that's me!) and that the executable file has not been modified by a third-party (thanks to users who helped me share the expense of buying this software publisher certificate!).
Now that QAP is a "signed" software you should not see "publisher unknown alerts" from protection software like Windows SmartScreen.
However, if Windows tells you: "quickaccesspopup-setup.exe is not commonly downloaded and might harm your computer", if you trust me and want to try QAP, Click Execute.
Then, the following message could appear: "Windows protected your PC". Click More info.
In the next message, you should see Publisher: Jean Lalonde. Click Run anyway. This will install QAP.
Please, if you have experience with protection software and Quick Access Popup, feel free to add a comment below to share it with other users.
Yes. First install QAP on the new PC and copy/replace the newly created quickaccesspopup.ini file with the one copied from your previous PC. The quickaccesspopup.ini file can be found in the QAP working directory.
All your favorites, hotkeys and preferences from the Options will be preserved. Of course, only favorite folders, documents or applications with the same location on the new PC or having portable locations will work. Also, most Special folders favorites will work as-is on the new PC. If a special folder favorite does not work, delete it and add it again using the Add Favorite button.
By installing Quick Access Popup in “portable” mode, you use the app on a host PC without leaving any trace after usage. This will, for example, allow you to run Quick Access Popup from an external drive or USB key that can be connected to the host system and removed after usage. Follow these instructions.
|Note: You must not install Quick Access Popup in "portable" mode in a system-protected folders like those under C:\Program Files or C:\. This could prevent QAP from saving your configuration.|
1. Download the zip file under the Portable installation zip file.
2. Just extract the files from the zip file to the folder of your choice (but not in a system-protected folders like those under C:\Program Files or C:\).
3. Run the .EXE file from this folder (choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version depending on your system). Quick Access Popup will create and update the quickaccesspopup.ini file in this folder.
4. At your convenience, create a shortcut on your Desktop or select Run at Startup in the System Tray to launch Quick Access Popup automatically at startup.
If you are doing a portable "permanent" installation, you could also turn the check for updates option on to stay up-to-date! You may also wish to enable Explorer context menus (right-click in Explorer or Desktop). Read the page Explorer Context Menus Help.
If an anti-virus or protection software reports Quick Access Popup as a potential threat, this is not the case. Please read this post: How can I use QAP if an anti-virus is blocking its download or its execution?
Quick Access Popup is a Portable App
A portable application, sometimes also called standalone, is a program designed to run on a compatible computer without being installed in a way that modifies the computer's configuration information. This type of application can be stored on any storage device, including internal mass storage and external storage such as USB drives – storing its program files and any configuration information and data on the storage medium alone (source: Wikipedia).
Specifically, when installed using the Portable installation procedure, Quick Access Popup does not write any information in the Windows registry or in any system or temporary Windows folder. Running the .EXE file launches Quick Access Popup in its current directory. That's it!
The app creates a temporary folder named _QAP_temp_nnn) to store small images, language files and working files required at run time. The default location of the folder is in the Windows %TEMP% folder (e.g. C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp). This folder is deleted when the app quits. Starting with v8.7, you can set the default location for the temporary folder in Options, General tab.
The only permanent files created by Quick Access Popup are the QuickAccessPopup.ini file containing your favorite folders and options and, if you select the Run at Startup option, the QuickAccessPopup.lnk file in your Startup folder.
To completely remove Quick Access Popup from a PC, delete the folder where you are running the app (preserve the QuickAccessPopup.ini file if you plan to re-use it) and delete the file QuickAccessPopup.lnk from your C:\Users\[name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsof\tWindows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder. If you enabled Explorer context menu, remove them following the instruction in the Explorer Context Menus Help.
Using the setup tool
- Click the Download button on the QAP website home page.
- If QAP is already running, the setup program will close it or will ask you to quit it. To close it manually, right-click the Quick Access Popup icon in the System Tray menu and choose Exit Quick Access Popup.
- Run the setup program and follow instructions. Quick Access Popup will be launch at the end of the installation.
- The setup procedure will preserve your previous configuration in the QuickAccessPopup.ini file. It will also update your startup shortcut if you enabled this option.
Using the portable installation
- Download the new version zip file under Portable installation on this site home page.
- Extract the executable (.EXE) from the zip file to the folder where you already run Quick Access Popup. The new file has the same name as the previous version (QuickAccessPopup-32-bit.exe or QuickAccessPopup-64-bit.exe) and a text file indicates the number of the version in this zip file. Also update QAPmessenger.exe or any other file that would be more recent than the ones you have in your working directory.
- Quick Access Popup never overwrites the QuickAccessPopup.ini file that contains your favorites. All your settings will be preserved.
- Quit the previous version of Quick Access Popup before launching the new one: right-click the Quick Access Popup icon in the System Tray and choose Exit Quick Access Popup. If you enabled this option, the shortcut in your Startup folder will be updated to launch the new version.
- Run the new .EXE file (choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version depending on your system). When you are comfortable with the new version, you can delete the old .EXE.
If the Quick Access Popup setup program asks for an administrator password, you have two options: ask your system administrator to install it for you (using the setup program). Or, if you have some basic technical knowledge and prefer to get it done yourself, install Quick Access Popup in portable mode since this type of installation does not require administrative rights.
Now, for your sysadmin...
The QAP setup program requires elevated rights (via a User Account Control dialog) when the installation is started. If the setup program was started by an unprivileged user, Windows will ask for the password of an account that has administrative privileges, and the setup will then run under that account.
In order to allow installation by the admin and to set configuration files specific to end users, the setup program is executing the following steps.
- It creates a group Quick Access Popup in the All Users Start Menu with the Start In parameter set to the common appdata folder (for example: C:\ProgramData\Quick Access Popup).
- In the common appdata folder, the setup program creates file named quickaccesspopup-setup.ini where QAP stores the language selected by user during setup. This folder can also include customized templates of the files QuickAccessPopup.ini and QAPconnect.ini. This would allow the sysadmin to create a default menu and default configuration for the needs of his organization's end users.
- When Quick Access Popup is launched for the first time by an end user, it creates in user's appdata folder (for example: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Quick Access Popup) the files QuickAccessPopup.ini and QAPconnect.ini from an internal template, unless templates of these files are found in the common appdata folder. In this case, these files are copied to user's appdata folder. Original files in the common appdata folder are never changed by end users.
- If the end user selects the Run at Startup option, the shortcut created in his/her personal Startup folder will make sure the users's config is saved in his/her personal appdata folder.
If, during setup, the option Import Folders Popup settings and favorites is selected, the imported settings are saved in the file quickaccesspopup.ini in the common appdata folder. This file would also be used as a template for end users configuration.
There is no obligation but... if Quick Access Popup is making your company save money, maybe should you consider a donation to QAP developer... 🙂
As seen at step #2 above, sysadmins could create or edit the quickaccesspopup.ini file in the common appdata folder to give their users a template with favorites of interest for all users: network folders, path to shared applications or documents, intranet URLs, etc. Administrator could also edit this file to enable the Shared Menus Catalogue to facilitate the addition of shared menus by end users (see Can I create a catalogue of shared menus for my team or workgroup?).
To facilitate the creation of a new quickaccesspopup.ini file, admin can run QAP in portable mode, configure options and favorites and copy to fresh ini file the common appdata folder.
About Explorer Context Menus
When installed with in setup mode, QAP always enable its Explorer Context Menus. There are two exceptions: context menus will *not* be enabled if "ExplorerContextMenus=0" in either of the quickaccesspopup.ini file in current user's appdata folder or common appdata folder. More about Explorer context menus: Explorer Context Menus Help.
Everything possible is made to facilitate the transition from Folders Popup to Quick Access Popup.
The ImportFPsettings utility helps you do the transition from Folders Popup.
- It imports favorites from Folders Popup and convert them to QAP format.
- It also import options settings and hotkeys and adapt them to QAP.
Only Folders Popup groups settings cannot be imported to QAP settings. The group implementation has been completely reviewed in QAP, integrating them with favorites as if they were as special kind of submenus, making it difficult to import.
If you install QAP using the standard Setup program, make sure the Import Folders Popup settings and favorites option is checked during installation. The utility will be automatically executed after the initial QAP installation (if you preferred the portable installation, you must run ImportFPsettings manually).
Take note that ImportFPsettings replaces all favorites that could exist in QAP and overwrites existing option settings. It is recommended to use it when you just installed QAP.
After you installed QAP, do not forget to uninstall Folders Popup or, at least, remove it from your Startup group: uncheck Run at Startup in Folders Popup Options dialog box (first tab).
|Quick Access Popup is fully compatible with the new Directory Opus version 12!|
Quick Access Popup is fully compatible with Directory Opus, an impressive file manager program written by GPSoftware, in Australia. Directory Opus (DOpus) replaces Windows Explorer and integrates lots of features, including file compression, FTP capabilities, folder syncing and much more. However, it is not freeware.
QAP is fully aware of DOpus capabilities and utilizes them via the internal DOpusRt.exe commands to offer seamless and reliable integration.
Directory Opus support
- Automatic (but optional) enabling of DOpus support if the software is found on your system.
- Seamlessly change a DOpus lister to user favorite folders, recent folders or special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.).
- Easily add the folder currently displayed in a lister to you favorites with the Add this folder menu.
- Switch to a folder open in an existing lister with the Switch menu.
- Switch instantly any file dialog boxes (File Open, Save As, etc.) to the folder active in a Directory Opus lister or Windows Explorer with the Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box menu.
- Open any folder active in a Directory Opus lister or Windows Explorer with the Reopen a Folder menu.
- Restore groups of related folders in desired tabs and sides.
- Adapted support for special folders and FTP sites in DOpus.
How-to enable DOpus support
When you start it, Quick Access Popup checks if DOpus is installed on your computer (looking for the file [Program Files]GPSoftware\Directory Opus\dopus.exe). If it is found, it asks if you wish to enable Directory Opus integration. If you answer Yes, it records the DOpus.exe file path in the Settings, Options dialog box:
If DOpus is installed in another folder not found by Quick Access Popup, you can manually enable integration by browsing to your DOpus.exe file in the Options dialog box, File managers support tab.
Quick Access Popup is fully compatible with Total Commander, a very popular file manager program written by Christian Ghisler, in Switzerland. Total Commander (TC) replaces Windows Explorer and integrates lots of features, including file compression, FTP capabilities, folder syncing and much more.
Quick Access Popup is aware of TC capabilities and utilizes them via TC internal commands to offer seamless and reliable integration.
Total Commander support
- Automatic (but optional) enabling of Total Commander support if the software is found on your system.
- Seamlessly change a TC window (any pane or tab) to user favorite folders, recent folders or special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.).
- Integration of Total Commander Directory Hotlist.
- Easily add the folder currently displayed in a TC window to you favorites with the Add this folder menu.
- Restore groups of related folders in desired tabs and sides.
- Adapted support for special folders and FTP sites in TC.
How-to enable Total Commander support
When you start it, Quick Access Popup checks if TC is installed on your computer (looking for the file TOTALCMD.EXE or TOTALCMD64.EXE). If it is found, it asks if you wish to enable Total Commander integration. If you answer Yes, it records the TOTALCMD.EXE file path in the Settings, Options dialog box.
If TC is installed in a folder not found by Quick Access Popup, you can manually enable integration by browsing to your TOTALCMD.EXE or TOTALCMD64.EXE file in the Options dialog box, File managers support tab.
In order to integrate the TC Directory Hotlist in QAP, set the TC wincdm.ini file location in Options, File Managers tab. If the TC Directory Hotlist menu has not been added automatically when you installed QAP, go to the Settings window, click the Add button and select QAP Features. In the Add Favorite window, select TC Directory Hotlist in the QAP Feature dropdown.
At this time, the Reopen a Folder and Switch are not yet integrated with TC and will not include folders open in TC. These features will include folders open in Total Commander after a new command in Total Commander will allow to improve the integration in Quick Access Popup (more info here).
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. Five 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-C for Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box
- Shift-Control-F for Reopen a Folder
- Shift-Control-R for Recent folders
- Shift-Control-V for the Clipboard menu
- Shift-Control-W for Switch
Two other QAP features and two favorites are also inserted in the main menu during installation:
- Shift-Control-S for Settings
- Shift-Control-A for Add this Folder or Link
- Shift-Control-N for Notepad
- Shift-Control-Q for Quick Access Popup web site.
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. See also Can I launch my favorites with keyboard or mouse shortcuts?
The portable package can contain a "config_default.ini" and when you start the software it checks for a file "config.ini".
If it doesn't exist it creates the file from "config_default.ini".
In this case the file with your settings will never be overwritten when you update the folder with a new release.[/quote]