Can I display the Drives, Recent Folders and Recent Files menus attached to the popup menu?

Yes, you have the option to display these QAP features menus as part of the QAP popup menu, as normal "attached" submenus. For this, select the checkbox Attach "Recent Folders", "Recent Files" and "Drives" menus to QAP menu in the Options dialog box, Menu tab.

But, after you enabled this options, you may notice a slight refresh delay when you invoke the QAP menu. This delay is caused by the time it takes to Windows to provide the refreshed information required to display the Drives, Recent Folders and Recent Files menus. Because Windows does not always provide this info instantly, the delay may vary at each display of the popup menu.

If you find the delay annoying, you can return to the default setting and uncheck the Attach "Recent Folders", "Recent Files" and "Drives" menus to QAP menu. These menus will then be displayed detached (or stand-alone) and refreshed on demand.

 

From where comes the content of the Recent folders and Recent files menus?

The Recent folders and Recent files menus list the recent places or documents memorized by Windows. An option in the Menu tab of the Options window determines the number of items displayed in these menus (default is 10).

Quick Access Popup Recent folders and Recent files 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. The Recent Folders menu includes only folder items from this list and the Recent Files includes the rest of it.

Windows is also using this list to populate the Recent Places virtual folder found in Explorer left pane. Recent items are also used to populate the Microsoft applications Jump Lists.

How can I delete the content of the Recent Folders or Recent Files menus?

The Recent folders and Recent Files menus are subsets of the recent items memorized by Windows. You can reset the whole list of recent items:

  1. Open this folder:
    C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    or use this shortcut:
    %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
  2. Select all items in this folder and delete them.
  3. The Recent Folders and Recent Files menus in Quick Access Popup are now empty.

[Wishlist] Run a background task to refresh Recent Folders menu (and Running Applications menu eventually)

Actually, the Recent Folders menu is shown in a separate menu because of the time it would take to refresh the Recent Folders menu each time the popup menu is displayed. Showing Recent Folders submenu as part of the main menu would slow down the display of the popup menu and make it less snappy.

The solution I'm think of is to write a background task that would refresh the Recent Folders submenu every x minutes. We would have to determine the best refresh frequency not to impact the PC performance (thinking here of the slowest PCs) .

This would also require much testing to make sure the background process and the popup menu process work well together (no collision or locking issues, etc.) But I'd like to work on this in a future version. The background task could also refresh the list of running applications (re: this other suggestion).

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[Wishlist] Track recent items in QAP, in addition to system Recent items

In Folders Popup, the Recent Folders menu present the x most recent folders found in the Windows virtual folder “Recent items” (C:/Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Recent). See this discussion for more info.

In QAP, this menu could also memorize the most recent folders accessed using QAP, regardless of Window's list. Also, I saw in Folder Menu (if I remember well) that this list also included Current Folders (folders actualy open in Windows Explorer). See this item.

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