What's new in Quick Access Popup v8?

With version 8, released 2017-01-03, Quick Access Popup can refresh your menu as the content of your folder changes. It also include a new dialog box to manage all your menu icons in one place and take the full benefits from brand new menu icons from Icons8. And much more...

Live Folder options

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Live Folder Options tab in "Add/Edit Favorite"

  • To enable a Live Folder favorite, add or edit a Folder favorite and go to the new tab Live Folders Options. In this tab you can select:
    • the checkbox Live Folder to transform this favorite into a menu (and submenus) refreshed with the current content of the folder (and its subfolders)
    • an option to set the Number of subfolders levels to include in the Live Folder menu (1 by default - keep it low for large folders)
    • an option to Include Documents in the Live Folder
    • an option to Include or Exclude documents by file extensions
    • an option to split Live Folder menu in columns of a given number of items per column (0 for no column break)
  • Add the new QAP Feature Refresh Live Folders menus to your menu to refresh Live Folder on-demand (normally, Live Folder menus are refreshed when you launch QAP of when you save changes in Settings)
  • QAP adds items to Live Folders up to a maximum of 500 items; if this number is exceeded, it displays an alert message
  • You can edit a Live Folder favorite in the Settings window or using the Alternative menu Edit a Favorite (Shift+Middle Mouse Button or Shift+Win+W) and also by clicking any item in a Live Folder menu with Shift+Ctrl menu modifiers pressed
  • More information about Live Folders.

New menu icons

  • QAP now uses new color icons from the shared file JLicons.dll installed with QAP
  • In "Easy Setup" mode, this file JLicons.dll is saved in the shared applications folder "C:ProgramDataJeanLalonde"
  • In "Portable" mode, the file JLicons.dll is included in the portable ZIP file and must be kept in the same folder as QAP executable file
  • This change frees QAP from its dependency on Windows files shell32.dll and imageres.dll
  • Using this icons library, menu icons can now be enabled on Windows Server versions.

Manage Icons

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Manage Icons dialog box

  • The new Manage Icons dialog box gives an overview of your current favorites menu icons with buttons to pick a new icon or reset the default icon for each favorite
  • Click the new button Icons in the Settings window (lower right) or add to your menu the QAP Feature named Icons
  • In Options (General tab), the numeric value Manage Icons window rows alloow to set the height of the window in case the height is calculated based on inaccurate info returned by Windows (this happens sometimes)
  • More information about the Manage Icons dialog box.

Various improvements

Settings window
  • New color buttons in Settings window and a new option (first tab) to Use classic QAP buttons (black & white) if you prefer the old style buttons
  • Stop rebuilding all menus after each add or edit favorite
  • Replace the Save button in Settings with two buttons: Save & Close and Save & Reload, the latter keeping the Settings window open after reloading the menu (this replaces holding the Shift or Alt modifier keys when clicking the Save button in previous versions)
  • When changes are unsaved in the Settings window, if the QAP menu is called or if a favorite is launched via hokey, QAP will prompt user for one of these actions: save settings, go to settings or cancel the requested action
  • Add a confirmation prompt before deleting a group in Settings
Manage Hotkeys window
  • New item order column in Hotkeys list to sort initialy favorites with hotkeys following the QAP menu order
  • Stop displaying group members in Hotkeys list (this was useless since hotkeys could not be assigned to individual group members)
  • In the Change hotkey dialog box, new links Enter and Escape allow to select Enter or Escape as hotkey (idealy associated with keyboard modifiers like Shift, Alt or Ctrl)
Shared menus
  • When saving a Shared menu settings file, compare the last modified date after saving and display an error message if the date was not updated (probably because the target file is read-only)
  • Display an error message if a new Shared menu settings file cannot be created (probably because the target folder is read-only)
  • Automatically append the .ini extension when selecting a Shared menu settings file
  • Note that Quick Access Popup still does not manage conflicts if a Shared menu is modified by different users at the same time (see Shared menu help page for more info)
Other improvements
  • New option in Options window (Menu hotkeys tab) to enable left or right double Ctrl hotkey (press left or right Control key twice) to open main QAP menu
  • Add .cmd extension to the list of supported application extensions (with .exe, .com, .bat, .ahk and .vbs) when adding a favorite by drag and drop or using Explorer context menus
  • Append .ini extension if destination export file has no extension when exporting settings
  • Replace the "QAP working" notification when rebuilding menu with a small popup message listing the updated menus, close to mouse cursor location
  • Record Windows Explorer window position when adding a folder from Windows Explorer context menu (allowing to restore this window position in the Window Options tab when launching the folder)
  • Add to QuickAccessPopup.ini the setting AlternativeTrayIcon under [Global] section to set a tray icon replacement (replacement file must be an .ico file)
  • In Options, General tab, the new checkbox Add automatically at the top of menu makes sure favorites added automatically with Add this folder, Add this folder Express or Add favorite from Windows Explorer context menus are added at the top of main menu (by default they are added at the top and, if unchecked, they are added at the bottom)
  • Support the new placeholder {CUR_LOC} in folder, document and application favorites locations allowing to create favorite with a location relative to the folder where the QAP menu is opened
  • Add up/down buttons to numeric values in various settings in Options and Add/Edit favorite windows
  • When installing an update with the Easy Setup mode, reduce the number of pages (clicks) in setup procedure from 7 to 3

For more details about changes and bug fixes in each version, see the QAP Change log.

Can a menu be updated as the content of a folder changes?

Yes, with QAP v8, a Folder favorites can be turned into a Live Folder!

2016-12-30-17_57_14-edit-favorite_-folder-quick-access-popup-v8To enable a Live Folder favorite, add or edit a Folder favorite and go to the Live Folders Options tab. In this tab you click the checkbox Live Folder to transform this favorite into a submenu that reflects the current content of the folder. By default, a Live Folder menu only includes the subfolders and is refreshed as folders are added or removed from the folder (see below when Live Folder's content is refreshed).

To include one or more levels of subfolders under the Live Folder, increase the Number of subfolders levels. Keep it low for large folders or you could reach the maximum number of items allowed in Live Folders (see below).

To include the documents in a Live Folder, click the checkbox Include documents. By default, all documents are included. You can select which files are includes or excluded using the Include or Exclude radio buttons and the text box below to list file extensions to include or exclude (separated by spaces).

After you saved the Live Folder, the favorite appears in the Settings window enclosed by exclamation marks. In the QAP menu, a Live Folder menu starts with a special menu entry to open the Live Folder itself. Below, the folders, documents and/or subfolders are listed, sorted alphabetically.

live-folders-helpIf a Live Folder menu has many entries, you can split its content in columns. Enter the number of items to display per column. Keep the value 0 if you want to display the menu in only one column.

Live Folder menus are refreshed when QAP is launched and each time the menu is saved in Settings. To refresh Live Folder menus on-demand, add to your menu the QAP Feature Refresh Live Folders .

QAP adds items to Live Folders up to a maximum of 500 items (for all Live Folders in the QAP menu). If this number is exceeded, QAP displays an alert message. If you want to increase this limit, add the value NbLiveFolderItemsMax= (and the new limit) under the [Global] section of QuickAccessPopup.ini file. See How can I edit the file QuickAccessPopup.ini?

Be cautious because adding many items to a menu slows down menu refresh. And, more implantant, adding too many items (the threshold depends on your system capacity) can produce unexpected results, including hanging QAP.

In addition to editing a Live Folder favorite in the Settings window, you can also do it using the Alternative menu Edit a Favorite (Shift+Middle Mouse Button or Shift+Win+W) or by clicking any item in a Live Folder menu with Shift+Ctrl menu modifiers pressed.