What are the advanced options for favorite folders?

Three tabs of the Add/Edit Favorite Folder dialog box give more advanced options for favorite folders.

Live Folders

In the Live Folder Options, you can turn your favorite folder menu item into a submenu containing the actual content of the folder. Set the Number of subfolder levels to include in Live Folder menu. Subfolders will be displayed as submenus. Choose a sort criteria and sort order. By default, Live Folders are sorted alphabetically. If your Live Folder contains many items, you can display its menu in multiple columns. Set the Number of items per columns (0 for no column break) depending on your screen size.

Finally you can also include documents in your Live Folder. If you check the Include documents option, by default, all documents are included. You can select which files are included 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).

Note: Take care not to overload your QAP menu with Live Folders. Windows menu are not designed to handle very large number of items. There is a default limit of 500 items in QAP Live Folders. This limit is there to protect you against too large number of items that could make QAP unstable, including hanging it. You should see Live folders as a way to put the most used big branches of your file system into your QAP menu and use your file manager or the file dialog box to navigate into the smaller branches and leaves.

You can see on the right side of the following screen capture the Live Folder submenu created in this example. The My Project Folder now opens a submenu with, at the first position, an entry to open the folder itself and, below, the three subfolders in that folder. This Live Folder menu can be open using the shortcut Shift + Control + P. More about Live Folders here.

This second example creates a submenu with the documents in the Work folder. In the Settings window (on the left) Live folders are indicated by exclamation marks. At the top of the Live Folder submenu, the first item allows to open the Live Folder itself.

Window options

In the Windows Options tab, you can set where the Explorer window will be displayed. First, uncheck the Use default window position checkbox. Then, decide if you want to display the favorite folder in a maximized, minimized or normal Explorer window. If you choose normal, you can decide at what position and what size this window will be displayed.

These window options are only available for the favorite types open with Windows Explorer (Folders and FTP site). For most other applications and documents, moving and resizing the window proved to be unreliable.

Launch with another application

Normally, favorite folders are open in Windows Explorer (or Directory Opus / Total Commander if you selected one of these file managers in Options). In the Advanced Settings tab, you can tell QAP to launch the folder with another application. The designated application will be launched with the favorite folder path as parameter. This option is also available for Document, Special folders, URL and FTP favorites.

In the following example, the folder will be launched by the following batch file (saved here as C:\Users\Standard\my_batch.bat) :

c:
cd \
echo List files in %1
dir %1
pause

When launched with QAP, this folder path is passed to the target application (here, my_batch.bat) as the first command-line parameter. See the result of the execution of this batch.

Parameters

The Parameters option in the Advanced Settings tab will be covered in the FAQ page dedicated to FTP favorites.

Can I schedule automatic menu refresh for Live folders and Shared menus?

Yes. In Options, Menu tab, check the Enable Scheduled QAP Menu Refresh option. This options refreshes the Live Folders menu and the Shared menus. Set the interval between each refresh (in seconds). Keep in mind that the refresh momentarily disables the popup menu. Minimum interval is 30 seconds and recommended interval is 300 seconds (5 minutes) or more.

The check box Beep before and after refresh enables a short beep that is played at the beginning and the end of the refresh interruption. This helps decide at what frequency schedule the refresh. Do not forget to turn this off when you are set.