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.

In what languages is Quick Access Popup available?

Quick Access Popup is available in various languages, thanks to voluntary translators for their precious work. Select your working language in the Settings window, General tab.

 

Language Thanks to translators! Review in your language
French Jean Lalonde Quick Access Popup : accédez rapidement aux dossiers utilisés fréquemment (Freewares & Tutos)
German
Edgar “Fast Edi” Hoffmann Quick Access Popup ist ein toller Nachfolger von Folders Popup. Die Möglichkeit, jetzt auch Programme zu starten oder Webseiten aufzurufen, macht daraus einmal mehr ein Allroundtool für jeden (Giga Software)
Swedish
Åke Engelbrektson (www.svenskasprakfiler.se) Snabb Tillgång Popup-meny: öppna mappar som helst med ett mus-klick
Italian Riccardo Leone Quick Access Popup: crea le scorciatoie per le cartelle e programmi (dundi.it)
Spanish kiketrucker (AccionGlobalXSoft) Quick Access Popup - Descargas CNet
Brazilian Portuguese Igor Ruckert Quick Access Popup (Baixaki)
Portuguese Luis Neves Quick Access Popup (Baixaki)
Traditional Chinese (ZH-TW) Jess Yang Quick Access Popup (Softoware)
Simplified Chinese (ZH-CN) Jess Yang Quick Access Popup绿色版 8.5_快速启动器
Dutch Ric Roggeveen Apps en mappen altijd snel bij de hand (ZDNet Benelux)

Quick Access Popup was originally written in English (English proof checking would be appreciated).

Help for translation to other languages appreciated. Please see the Translation resource page.

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 change folders in file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.)?

Yes, the main QAP triggers (middle mouse button or Windows+W) can change folders in all software that use the standard Windows file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.). Most software do.

However, this feature must be enabled in Options (first tab General, first option of left column).

If you enable this option, you understand that this feature is reserved to "file dialog boxes" (Open, Save As, etc.). If you use it in other types of dialog box, for example a Preferences dialog box, trying to change folder in this dialog box could modify and save values in the dialog box without any notification (see a more technical explanations below).

In order to enable Change folders in dialog box, you must confirm in the QAP Options that you understand the consequence of misusing the change folder feature in "non-file dialog boxes" and that you will only use it the proper dialog boxes.

Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box

New! A feature introduced in QAP v8.5 called Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box under the submenu My QAP Essentials can accelerate your work in file dialog boxes by taking you instantly to the folder you use in Windows Explorer. See this video demo.

Technical explanation

If the Change folders in dialog box is enabled and you select a Folder favorite while the mouse cursor is over a dialog box (or when a dialog box is the active window if you use the keyboard hotkey), QAP sends commands to change the current folder in this dialog box. If the dialog box is not an Open or Save As dialog box, if it is an Options dialog box instead, for example, QAP cannot detect it (because all dialog boxes have the same class name "#32770", regardless of the dialog box task) and QAP will act as if it was a file dialog box.

To change folder, QAP tries to change the content of a text field of the dialog box named internally "Edit1" or "Edit2" (in a file dialog box, this field is usually labeled File name). If it succeeds, QAP sends "Enter" to press the OK button of the dialog box. In a file dialog box, it changes the current folder in the dialog box. Then, QAP restores the initial content of the Filename field and stops, letting the user continue his work.

If the dialog box is not a file dialog box but contains an "Edit1" or "Edit2" (I've seen this situation only once but I have no stats on this), there is a risk to see the text field changed and the "Enter" sent to the OK to the dialog box, saving the changed content without the user consent. I never heard of a case where it really happened, but the risk exist in theory.

From where comes the content of the Recent folders menu?

The Recent folders menu lists the recent places memorized by Windows. An option in the General tab of the Options window determines the number of recent folders displayed in the menu (default is 10).

Quick Access Popup Recent folders are taken from the Windows virtual folder Recent items (C:/Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Recent or, using the appdata variable, %appdata%/Microsoft/Windows/Recent).

This Windows system folder lists the files and folders recently accessed by the user. Windows is using this list to populate the Recent Places virtual folder found in Explorer left pane. Recent Places is a subset of the Recent Items, showing only folders. Recent items are also used to populate the applications Jump Lists.

What is the "close menu issue"?

What I call the "close menu issue" is an intermittent issue (probably caused by Windows) preventing users from closing the QAP popup menu by clicking outside of the menu or by hitting the Escape key as they would do normally. As a result, users have to click an item to close the menu. This is annoying when a user open the menu but changes its mind and does not want to launch any favorite.

This issue occurs intermittently under Windows 7 and Windows 10 (probably also with 8/8.1). Some user are facing it frequently. Other, like me (on both Win 7 and 10), see it only occasionally. There are probably others that never see it.

Programmers hate intermittent bugs!

I tried various methods to get around this issue but, in the end, the changes I made in my code had side-effects worst than the initial issue. For this reason, in QAP v7.1.9, I reverted some of the changes made in v7.1.5 to 7.1.8 and introduced the QAP Feature Close this menu that you can insert in the menu to close the menu by clicking this item.

Also, starting with v7.1.10, I added the option Add "Close" to menus (in the Options window, second tab, right column). If this option is turned on (checked), the Close this menu entry is automatically added to the main QAP popup menu, to the Alternative menu and to all dynamic menus. This option is turned on by default.

What if you never encounter this issue?

If you are always able to close the QAP popup menu bu clicking outside of the menu or by hitting the Escape key, you can save the space taken by the Close this menu entries. Go to Options and, in the second tab, deselect the Add "Close" to menu check box.

[Wishlist] Option to always open the folders in the running instance

Originally suggested for Total Commander by Horst, but applicable to Explorer and other file managers.

Horst: "I would like a Total Commander option to always use the running instance (/o) even without using the Tab option. Currently I accumulate many tabs which I have to close manualy. I think this will be liked by many TC users to."

Jean: "When you open the QAP menu in a current TC window, it change the folder to navigate inside the current window. If you open a folder using the popup menu from another window, it will open a new tab or a new TC instance. What you want is an option to always change folder the current TC window?"

Horst: "Yes, exactly. I often use the left click from the tray menu and not a pop-up from inside of a TC window."

7+

[Wishlist] Option to set the path of a custom browser for URLs

Actually, FP opens URLs with a command like "Run, http://www.site.com". This command is executed using the default web browser as defined in Windows configuration.

For users who would prefer to define the browser to use with QAP, an option will allow to enter the path of the browser to use. For these users, the command would be "Run, [browser path] http://www.site.com"

This was asked by a user running FP in a portable mode. This would allow the browser to be run from on the same USB key as QAP.