How do I make sure that Quick Access Popup is launched when I start Windows?

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 system menu and select/deselect Run at Startup.
    or
  • 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.

How can I install Quick Access Popup to make it fully portable?

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.

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.
Note: You should not install Quick Access Popup in "portable" mode in a system-protected folders like those under C:Program Files. This could prevent QAP from saving your configuration.
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: Should 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 subdirectory (named _temp) to store small images and language files required at run time. This folder is deleted when the app quits. 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]AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup folder. If you enabled Explorer context menu, remove them following the instruction in the Explorer Context Menus Help.

See also:
What file managers are supported in addition to Windows Explorer?
Can I use relative paths in favorite settings?
Can I use system environment variables in favorite paths?

How do I install a new version of Quick Access Popup?

Using the setup tool

  1. Click the Download button on the QAP website home page.
  2. 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.
  3. Run the setup program and follow instructions. Quick Access Popup will be launch at the end of the installation.
  4. 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

  1. Download the new version zip file under Portable installation on this site home page.
  2. 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.
  3. Quick Access Popup never overwrites the QuickAccessPopup.ini file that contains your favorites. All your settings will be preserved.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

What global options are essential to know?

In the Settings dialog box, click the Options button to open the Options dialog box.

  • To enable folders navigation in file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.), check the Change folders in dialog boxes with the main QAP hotkeys.
  • Select your working Language.
  • Select Run at Startup option to launch Quick Access Popup automatically when you boot Windows.
  • Enable or disable QAP Explorer Context menus.
  • Automatically add favorites at top (or bottom if unchecked) of main menu when added with Add this folder, Add this folder Express and Add favorite from Explorer context menus.
  • Display Startup Tray tip in the Notification zone.
  • Select the Check for updates to be informed when new QAP versions become available.
  • Remember Settings window position.
  • Set the number of items in the Recent folders menu.
  • Choose the colors Theme of QAP Settings and other windows.
  • Display classic black and white buttons in QAP Settings window instead of new color buttons of QAP v8 (option removed in v8.1.1 but still supported if variable UseClassicButtons=1 is present in settings file).
  • Display the popup menu near the mouse pointer, in the active window or at a fix position.
  • Display hotkey reminders in menu in short or long format.
  • Select the option to use Display Numeric Menu Shortcuts to launch favorites with your keyboard.
  • Open the menu when hitting the QAP menu trigger on the Windows taskbar.
  • Add Close to menus created by QAP allowing to dismiss them if clicking elsewhere does not dismiss the menu.
  • Display or hide menu icons, and choose menu icons size (available on Windows workstations only).
  • In the File managers tab, enable Directory OpusTotal Commander or Universal file manager support.

Configurable triggers

  • In the Options dialog box, Menu hotkeys tab, change the mouse triggers to open the folders menu (by default, middle mouse button and Shift+MMB).
  • Choose the keyboard triggers to open the QAP main menu (by default, Windows+W and Shift+Windows+W).

Can I set the QAP settings file location from the command line?

Yes. You can set the settings from command-line using the parameter "/Settings:". For example: QuickAccessPopup.exe "/Settings:C:/My Folder/My Settings.ini" (I'm using forward slashes in this example because WordPress tend to remove backslashes from posts - so after the C:, use backslashes), using the double-quotes if the location includes one or more spaces.

The Settings file name can include environment variable (like %userprofile%) and supports relative paths based on the QAP working directory. See Can I use system environment variables in favorite paths? and Can I use relative paths in favorite settings?

QAP stops loading with an error message. Can I restore a backup of my settings?

Two reasons can explain this error message:

The easiest way to solve this issue is to restore your latest settings backup. You can do it by renaming your current QuickAccessPopup.ini to QuickAccessPopup-broken.ini and renaming your latest backup to QuickAccessPopup.ini.

  1. Close QAP before renaming playing with the settings file: right-click the Quick Access Popup icon in the System Tray menu and choose Exit Quick Access Popup.
  2. Open the QAP working directory in your file manager. See What’s the QAP working directory?
  3. Rename QuickAccessPopup.ini to QuickAccessPopup-broken.ini.
  4. Rename your latest backup, someting like QuickAccessPopup-backup-20171006.ini (the last part of the file name is the backup date in "YYYYMMDD" format) to QuickAccessPopup.ini.
  5. Restart QAP.

[Wishlist] Configurable ini file from command line

Request from rainroom:
"To be able to start QAP with a specific parameter let’s call it ” -useQuickAccessPopup.ini “. This allows to create different menu’s depending on the needs. An easy switch between ini configurations is desired. example C:\portable files\QAP\QAP.EXE -useQuickAccessPopup.ini

It would even be more nice to be able to rename the ini. ex. QAPmenu1 , QAPmenuWork , QAPmenuHome ,…
But that with a portable installation a use can easely switch from one set of configuration menu’s to others.
I use heavey the executor program to open ALL I do on computers :-)) (http://www.executor.dk/)
Would like to have possibility to use QAP like this: shortcut in Executor starts QAP.exe -useQAPWork1.ini
If I want to switch I use another shortcut in Executor which will start QAP.exe -useQAPWork2.ini
Of course QAP must allow to switch in a correct way from a set of ini files…

Hope you can manage to do so. See http://www.dropitproject.com/ opensourceproject (where this is also implemented on users request."

[Wishlist] Play sound when opening menus and launching favorites

From Loving Beast

How about creating sound events for not only people who are blind, but also like their computers to talk to them, per selection? I mean, a sound event option for when opening the QA menu, and then an option for when a menu item is opened or selected would be great! Although I really do enjoy it already, I think it would be a nice option for a future update to have. Keep up the good work...

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[Wishlist] Reload QuickAccessPopup.ini when it is changed without having to reload the app

Suggested by Sébastien on Folders Popup website:

I noticed that the FolderPopup.ini is only read one time (at startup time). If I manually edit the file, I have to close and restart FolderPopup to see my changes.

I would be really usefull to add a feature that verify is FolderPopup.ini has changed before showing the application. If the file has changed (check file size and modified date), then reload the configuration.

This will allow the user to edit FolderPopup.ini on the fly using a script (a logon script for example).

 

My reply: This is a good idea that would be implemented in QAP.

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