What's new in Quick Access Popup v8.4 and v8.5?

In my view, every QAP user should upgrade to v8.5! This page tells you why. The v8.5 release fixes some annoying bugs. It makes available new features that I wonder why I did not code them before and it takes the recent Snippets feature to a more mature development stage!

Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box

First, a new feature often requested: the Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box. This new QAP Feature will instantly take your File Open or File Save (etc.) dialog box to the folder currently displayed in the active (or last active) Windows Explorer window (Directory Opus and Total Commander are also supported). This is so convenient! Before, you had to use the Reopen a Folder and select the active folder in the submenu. Now, it is a one click action!

This new QAP feature can be added to any menu: Add favorite, select the QAP Feature type and, in the features dropdown list, select Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box. This menu item will be added automatically to the My QAP Essentials menu (as shown beside) for new installations ONLY. Existing users must add it themselves. I assigned the default keyboard shortcut Shift + Ctrl + C to this QAP feature (and reassigned the Clipboard menu shortcut to Shift + Ctrl + V).

New hotkey Menu key

QAP v8.5 now makes good use of the Menu key (also known as Context menu key or Application key) that can serve as keyboard trigger to popup the QAP menu or to launch any other favorite. Not all keyboard have this key (normally, it is somewhere to the right of the space bar). If all keyboards had this key, I would make it the default QAP menu keyboard trigger instead of Win + W. But I will let you decide if you want to use it for this menu or for other favorites. Note that this hotkey can be combined with one or more keyboard modifiers (Shift, Ctrl, Alt or Win).

To select the Menu key, in the Select Hotkey dialog box, click on the menu key (application) link below the key selector (as shown beside) and take note that this key is shown as "Application" in the key selector.

Snippets user interface improved

Text and macro snippets were introduced in QAP v7.2. I made some adjustment to this feature in the subsequent releases but, in my opinion, it was still at "first generation" stage. Now, with the improvements in release v8.5, this feature got some maturity.

The main areas of improvement is in the user interface by allowing you to choose the font size of the snippet content, giving to it a better readability. Developers using snippets to store pieces of code will also like the option to display the content in fixed width.

Finally, for snippets longer that a line or two, the possibility to enlarge the text box with the + sign (next to the font size selector) will give more screen real estate to your snippet content. Of course, the - sign will revert this and show the help text again.

Since each snippet is different, display options are saved with each snippet. Also, you can configure the default values for snippets in Options, general tab.

More info about snippets in these new FAQ pages:

Changes in prevsion version (v8.4)

For those who missed v8.4, you will appreciate the Always on top option if you use frequently drag-and-drop to add favorites in the Settings window. Also, info was added about Shared menus in the Help window and help balloons now appear when you mouse over left column buttons in the Settings window.

Change log

Many other small improvements were introduced and bugs fixed in these releases. Here is the complete list of changes.

Version: 8.5 (2017-09-04)
  
Menu key
- you can now use the Menu key (also called Context menu key or Application key) to pop up the QAP menu or launch any favorite
- to select the Menu key, in the "Select Hotkey" dialog box, click on the "menu key (application)" link below the hotkey selector
- this hotkey can be combined with any modifiers (Shift, Alt, Ctrl or Win)
  
Snippets
- major improvements to make Snippets easier to create and edit
- a button in snippet add/edit favorite dialog box to enlarge the snippet content text box
- font size selector for snippet text box
- check box to display a snippet with fixed font (useful for code snippets)
- display preferences saved with each snippet
- default preferences for snippets can be selected in Options, General tab
- when launching a snippet with the "Prompt before" option, QAP also accepts Space to kick-off a snippet (in addition to Enter)
- change help link to new FAQ page about snippets (see improved FAQ content about Snippets)
  
Reopen Current Folder in dialog box
- a feature I should have included much earlier... Warning: to take advantage of it, existing users must add themselves this new feature to their menu
- new QAP feature "Reopen Current Folder in dialog box" allowing to reopen in a dialog box the current location in Windows Explorer
- the current location is the folder currently displayed in the active (or in the last active) Windows Explorer window
- current location is also detected in Directory Opus or Total Commander if one of these file magagers is enabled
  
Hotkeys
- set QAP feature default hotkeys for "Reopen Current Folder" to Shift + Ctrl + C  (of course, you can change it at any time)
- change QAP feature "Clipboard" default hotkeys from Shift + Ctrl + C to Shift + Ctrl + V
- this change is only for new installations - exising users must do this change themselves, if they wish
  
Various
- the "Ctrl + Ctrl" option has been moved to the "Alternative menu" tab in Options dialog box, and its presentation has been improved
- add a link beside the "Check for update" checkbox in the Options dialog box to check for update immediately
- check if the "Start in" folder location exists before launching a favorite and do not launch it if the location is not found
- offer to edit the favorite when one of these folder locations is not found: folder, document or application location, "Launch with" application location or "Start in" folder location
  
Language
- new! Dutch language is now available, thanks to Ric Roggeveen
- German translation update for changes since v8
- updates for Spanish, Italian and French language files, thanks to translators
  
Bug fixes
- fix an error in QAP 32-bit executable file preventing the Windows Explorer context menus to work with QAP installed in portable mode
- allow favorite location to be a UNC root path (like \\127.0.0.1\ or \\MyDomain\) assuming the location is online because Windows does not allow to check if an UNC root location is available (on my system, Windows 10 defaults to the "Documents" folder if the UNC drive is not mounted)
- fix bug when adding a QAP feature and when its default hotkey is already in use for another favorite
- fix bug when processing backtick (accent grave) in snippets (used for code snippets) and add help about backticks in add/edit dialog box
- fix bug Alternative menu hotkey reappearing after delete when returning to Options dialog box until QAP is restarted
- fix bug && displayed in Drag & Drop help window title instead of &
- add diagnostic code to track the "71 hotkeys limit" bug - if someone encounter this error message, please contact me
Version: 8.4.2 (2017-08-18)
- stop creating Windows Explorer context menu for Windows Shortcuts (.lnk files) because of potential security issue
- if you need to remove this context menu see the FAQ (http://www.quickaccesspopup.com/how-can-i-remove-the-windows-explorer-contextual-menu-for-windows-shortcuts-lnk-files/)
 
Version: 8.4.1 (2017-08-05)
- fix bug maximum of Live Folders items exceeded (500 items limit) by error
- fix bug last Live folder item duplicated when numeric shortcuts are enabled
 
Version: 8.4 (2017-08-01)
- add "Always on top" option to Settings window to ease drag and drop
- update drag & drop help message
- remember window location when drag & drop a folder favorite to Settings window
- add a tab about Shared Menus in Help window
- add tooltips over left column buttons in Settings window
- fix bug when icon resource filename includes a coma
- fix links in Options tabs and fix links to Shared menu FAQ page on website
- Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese, Italian and French language updates

What are these features in the "My QAP Essentials" menu?

QAP Features are powerful functionalities that can be inserted in any QAP menu or submenu. For your convenience, the My QAP Essentials menu is built when you installed QAP. It gives access to a subset of the most useful QAP Features.

Also, in addition to your own favorites, Quick Access Popup build automatically four menus that provides efficient ways to browse your content:

  • With the Switch menu, bring to the front one of the running applications or folders open in Explorer.
  • With the Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box menu, take your file dialog box (File Open, File Save, etc.) to the last folder you used in Explorer (feature added in v8.5).
  • With the Reopen a Folder menu, open a folder in Explorer from a menu built with the list of folders open in Explorer.
  • The Recent folders menu lists the recent folders memorized by Windows.
  • The Clipboard menu shows the folders, documents, application path or URL saved in your Windows Clipboard.
  • The Drives menu shows the list drives on your system with label, free space, capacity and an icon showing the drive type.

Finally, these last QAP features are added in the main QAP menu:

  • The Add This Folder menu allows to add the current folders on the fly.
  • The Close this menu item allows to close the popup menu if clicking elsewhere or hitting the Esc key do not close the menu as it normally should (you can remove this menu if you never face this issue).

Feel free to add QAP Features to this menu or to move them around. See the list of other QAP features.

What are the QAP features?

QAP Features are powerful functionalities that can be inserted in any QAP menu or submenu. When you install QAP, the My QAP Essentials menu is built with the four most useful features: SwitchReopen a Folder, Recent foldersClipboard and Drives (more info about these features).

But here is a list of other useful QAP features:

  • Switch Settings File: when you switch work context, change your QAP settings file to use the different favorites, hotkeys and other preferences.
  • Import/Export Settings: choose to import or export favorites, hotkeys, alternative menu hotkeys, global settings and themes.
  • Get window Title and Class: copy the clicked window title and class to the clipboard allowing to use this info in the QAP Exclusion list or in other apps.
  • Hotkeys: open a dialog box listing all favorite shortcuts in your popup menu and giving access to the Change hotkey dialog box.
  • Settings: direct access to the Setting dialog box.
  • Options: direct access to the Options dialog box.
  • Add Favorite: select the type of favorite to create and add it to your menu.
  • Add this Folder Express: when in a Windows Explorer or a file dialog box, add instantly the current folder to the top of the main menu - no question asked.
  • ... and other QAP internal functionalities: About, Exit, Help and Support.

Also, for Total Commander users, the QAP feature TC Directory Hotlist integrates the TC hotlist hierarchical menu inside QAP menu.

What are the different types of favorites?

Quick Access Popup can manage seven types of favorites and offer two ways to group them. The types of favorites are:

  • Folder: Add your most frequently used local or network directories to reach them in a snap in a Windows Explorer, a file dialog box or a custom file manager.
  • Document: Insert your day-to-day documents in you menu and launch them in their native application from any window.
  • Application: Add your favorite applications and get full control on their execution (with command line parameters and working directory).
  • Special Folder: Add Windows system folders from a list of more than 50 special folders, for example: Libraries, Recent items, Recycle Bin, Startup folder, History, Favorites, Quick Launch, Downloads, Cookies, Temporary files, etc.
  • Link (URL): Add your preferred web pages and open them in your default browser at any time or in a specific browser if specified in advanced settings.
  • FTP Site: Open FTP sites in Explorer, Directory Opus or Total Commander, with login name and password inserted in site address (take note that the password is not encrypted, is saved in the settings file and sent on Internet in clear text - be cautious if your password protects sensitive data!).
  • Snippet: Record a sequence of characters that can be typed in a flash when you need to inser them in any application (snippets help).
  • QAP Feature: Insert Quick Access Popup features like Switch, Reopen a Folder, Drives, Add This Folder, etc. in any submenu and assign them the shortcuts and icons of you choice.

In addition to these favorite types, the Add Favorite dialog box offer two special types that allow you to group your favorites:

  • Submenu: Gather related favorites in a submenu; submenus can be nested at will and each of them can be assigned shortcuts or icons.
  • Group: Launch a group of favorites of any type in one click or one shortcut.
  • Shared Menu: Manage the content of a submenu in an external file that can be saved on a network drive or a shared folder (like Dropbox) and used on different PCs. Shared menu can be used in three flavors:
    • Personal shared menu;
    • Collaborative shared menu for team or workgroup;
    • Centralized shared menu.
    • See shared menus help.

Can I add on the fly the folder I am already in?

The QAP Features Add This Folder and Add This Folder Express allows to quickly add the current folder to your menu. This feature can be called in Explorer windows or in file dialog box windows (if this option is enabled). When you are in the folder that you want to add to your menu, select one of these features.

  • If you choose Add This Folder, in the Add Favorite dialog box, enter the menu name of this new favorite and select the desired options in the various tabs.
  • If you choose Add this Folder Express, the favorite is instantly added at the top of the main menu with the normal default settings and the folder’s name as menu name. No question asked. If this name is already used, “[!]” is appended to the menu name. If you want to change some settings, open the Settings window.

These QAP Features record the current position of the window in the Window Options tab. Unless you check the Use default window position, this position will be automatically restored when you will open this folder in a new window.

A new QAP Feature added to the My QAP Essentials menu in v8.5 allows you to take your file dialog box (File Open, Save As, etc.) to the last folder you used in Explorer.

How is built the Switch menu?

The Switch menu is built in two sections. This first part shows the folders already open in the Explorer windows and, if you use this file manager, the Directory Opus listers.

The second part lists running applications (starting with the most recently activated window). Only applications having "visible" windows are listed. System-hidden windows and zero-width/height windows are excluded. Most of the apps in the System Tray could not be listed unless their window is already visible in the task bar.

When you select an item in this menu, its window is automatically activated (bring to the "front"). This menu is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.

When should I use the Reopen a Folder menu?

The Reopen a Folder shows the folders already open in the Explorer windows and the Directory Opus listers if you use this file manager. It is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.

The Reopen a Folder is particularly useful when you are in a file dialog box and want to open a file in a folder already open in another Explorer window. Just select one of these folders in the QAP menu and the dialog box will be moved to it. Change folder in dialog boxes must be enabled in Options.

What is in the Clipboard menu?

The Clipboard menu in the My QAP Essentials menu reflects the content of you current Windows clipboard. If the clipboard contains documents, applications or folders file path, QAP shows this list in the menu, allowing you to open a document, launch an application or navigate to a folder found in the clipboard.

For example, if you select and copy a group of files in Windows Explorer, the list of file paths resides in the Windows clipboard. Quick Access Popup scans this content and adds the files that exists in your system to the Clipboard menu. You can also copy a list of files from a text editor (or any other source) and QAP will display these files in the menu (each line of text must contain a file name/path alone). Relative paths and environment variables are supported.

QAP also scans the Windows clipboard for URLs and displays them as Link entries in the Clipboard menu. In the case of URLs, an address can stands anywhere on a line of text copied to the Clipboard. However, if one line contains more than one URL, only the last one will included in the menu.

If you open the Clipboard menu when the Windows clipboard contains no file or URL, it keeps its previous content until you open the Clipboard menu again or exit QAP.

 

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.

[Wishlist] Add a dynamic menu built from Directory Opus favorites

From Anjan: I have a lot of favourites in Dopus and find it very daunting to move all of them to QAP.
I would like to have a easy way to import the favourites to QAP. Could you please add this feature or help me with a workaround.

My reply: I could write a script to import DOpus favorites. But my preference would be to add a "QAP Feature" to show a menu dynamically build from DOpus favorites list. (similar to Total Commander Directory Hotlist).

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[Wishlist] Support target path in Total Commander Directory Hotlist

Suggestion from Horst:
There is one function missing for the TC dir menu. TC allows to also set the target path for an entry but QAP only sets the source path of such entries.

Jean
Could you confirm the exact behavior of this feature? Source in left pane and target in right pane?

Horst
No, Source in whatever the current active pane is, Target on the other side.
But I guess most users including me would also accept Source on left and Target on right side.

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[Wishlist] Switch to an existing Explorer window

From Helge: an additional QAP special feature which shows the currently opened windows explorer folders like the “current folders” feature already available (renamed "Reuse an Open Folder"), but with the difference that choosing a currently opened folder in QAP doesn’t open the same folder in a new explorer window / instance. Instead I would find great if the already opened explorer window with the folder chosen in QAP would just come to the front.