Allowing to view long submenu names in the menus dropdown list.
Suggestion received by email.
Allowing to view long submenu names in the menus dropdown list.
Suggestion received by email.
When you run it, Quick Access Popup (QAP) adds an icon in the Notification Area and awaits your orders. When you want to open a frequently used folder, launch an application or work on a document, open the Quick Access Popup menu.
You are already working in a Windows Explorer and just want to change the folder in the current window?
Now, you can't resist to customize your popup menu? Adding your own folders, applications, documents, web links or FTP site is very easy.
There are a few alternative ways to add favorites:
What else should I know when I'll get familiar with the basics?
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...
For more details about changes and bug fixes in each version, see the QAP Change log.
Yes. As you add favorites to your main menu and your submenus, it can become tricky to find the favorite you want to edit. Since QAP v8.3, you can filter the favorites by keywords. In addition to easing favorites edition, this tool also gives you a global view of your favorites, allowing to eliminate unwanted duplicates or to better organize your menu.
To filter you favorites, simply type a few characters in the Search box just above the favorite list. You can hit Ctrl-F to move the cursor to search box. To restore the full list, delete the Search box content or simply click the X button on the right.
A few notes, for those who want to know everything:
If your QAP menu gets too long, divide and conquer! Group your favorites by subjects or locations in submenus. To add a submenu, in the Settings window, click the Add button and, in the Add Favorite dialog box, select the Submenu radio button.
Submenus can be nested in submenus at will. To move a favorite from one menu to another, click the Edit button or double-click the favorite name and, in the Menu Settings tab, select the new menu in the Favorite parent menu dropdown list.
Yes. In the Settings window, you can copy favorites of types Folder, Document, Application, Special Folder, Link, FTP and QAP Feature. The Menus and Groups cannot be copied.
To copy a favorite, select it and click the Copy button or hit Control-C. Rename the new favorite or select another submenu using the Menu Options tab.
Starting with v8.6, you can copy multiple favorites in one click. Select the favorites with Shift-Click or Ctrl-Click, click the Copy button and select the destination menu (you cannot copy multiple favorites in their original menu).
You can move, edit or delete favorites in the Settings window using your keyboard. You can also select multiple favorites to move or remove them together.
Settings window shortcuts
The Import/Export Settings QAP feature can be uses for two reasons:
To open the Import/Export Settings dialog box, right-click the QAP icon in the Notification zone and click Import/Export Settings. If you use this command often, you can also add the Import/Export Settings command to your QAP menu by adding a QAP Feature.
In the Import/Export Settings dialog box:
You can choose Quick Access Popup colors for Settings window and other dialog boxes. You can also change the popup menu background color (see the last section).
Colors are managed using "themes". The available themes are listed in the Settings, Options. Themes can be edited or added in the QAP settings file. Here are the instructions if you want to edit or add themes.
1) Open the quickaccesspopup.ini file
2) Add the code for the new theme
At the end of the .ini file, add your theme following this syntax:
Replace "New Theme" with a name of your choice (use only letters, numbers and spaces - no special characters) and color codes with your own colors. You can use this color picker to select your colors.
3) Under the
[Global] ini file section, update the list of themes offered in the Options window:
AvailableThemes=Grey|Yellow|Light Blue|Light Red|Light Green|New Theme
Again, replace "New Theme" with the name of the new theme (exact same name as in step 2).
4) Choose your new theme the settings
Save the QuickAccessPopup.ini file and restart Quick Access Popup. Select your theme in the Settings, Options dialog box. That's it!
Share your new themes using the comments below. They could be added in the next version of Quick Access Popup.
Color management capabilities are limited by QAP’s development framework. Especially for menu background color (the MenuBackgroundColor value above), note that the color of menu text cannot be changed. Since the text must stay black, dark color background should be avoided for menus. Also, the background color behind menu icons cannot be changed.
Why these limitations? QAP could offer more flexibility. But this would be done at the cost of completely redrawing menus instead of using the standard basic Windows command to build menus. In addition to taking much programming time, this would also make the app bigger. Since small footprint is one of the reasons why QAP is appreciated, I want to preserve this. But, this being said, suggestions are always welcomed.
About Windows themes
QAP themes has been designed with the "normal" Windows theme. QAP themes may not work well with some windows themes offered in Control Panel / Personalization. If you use Windows themes, you should choose the QAP theme named Windows that will not interfere with Windows themes.
This is probably because you are using QAP on an HDPI-devices (like Surface Book). On these screens, icons on QAP Settings window may not scale properly. See this example: on the left, the Settings window on a standard desktop PC and, on the right, the same window on a Surface Book.
The scaling effect also impacts icon sizes in QAP popup menu. You could compensate this scaling by changing menu icons size in Options but this would not fix the buttons icon size in the Settings window.
Thanks to QAP user Jörg Giencke, you can use this tip from brianapps (the developer of Sizer 4.0): right-click the Quick Access Popup executable icon in Windows Explorer, select Properties, then Comptability, check Override high DPI scaling behavior and select System from the dropdown list. This goes for Windows 10 Creators Update (and other Windows 10 version on HDPI-devices?). After that everything displays just fine on Surface and other HDPI devices.
Each time you exit Quick Access Popup, the position of the application is saved in the settings file and restored the next time you launch it.
The most probable explanation for the Settings window to "disappear" is that you changed your screen configuration and the last position of the Settings window is now not visible on your current screen(s) configuration.
To restore the default position of the Settings window, open the QAP system menu (right-click the QAP icon in the Notification zone) and select Restore Settings window position.
Request received with a donation:
Hi Jean Thank you so much for developing Quick Access Popup (QAP); it is most appreciated. I find QAP does everything I need. For me it is perfect. However, I just have one request. Please can you add, say a 'switch', such that you can toggle QAP to either stay on top or act as it does now? I ask because I love the drag and drop feature QAP has. I like to set-up a lot of folders etc at any one time. If QAP could 'stay on top' then doing 'drag and drop' would be super. Otherwise, I absolutely love QAP. It answers a problem that I find with Windows. Any software that does that is to be applauded. Wishing you well in its future development Many thanks
Suggestion from Rahim.
I would add the search box between the menu selection dropdown list and the top of the favorites list. The search result would appear instead of the favorites list. It would be filtered according to the content of the search text box. There would be no search button. The search result would appear automatically as the search text is entered or modified. An "X" at the end of the search text box would remove the filtering and restore the normal list. The search scope would include only the favorites name and location.
Suggestion from Helge.
Received by email, from Timothy:
"A manual backup option that places info in a specific file. And / or an option to specify which directory to backup the file. I spend a lot of time working on menus and directions – would like to be able to easily backup and restore."
Take note that QAP favorites locations are saved in the QuickAccessPopup.ini file in your QAP working folder. You can open this file from the QAP icon in the Notification zone. There is an automatic backup of this file. But the suggestion is noted to offer a more convenient backup/restore option.
Thanks for the suggestion, Timothy.
I would like to have a new tab named “Group members” in the add group menu.
This should allow to add group members while creating a new group.
In Settings, add tooltip on hover over various commands (especially those on left side of Settings window)
This is an old request from FP users that I forgot to copy here.
Let user add/edit these special menus (Settings, CurrentFolders, etc.) as they can do with favorites.
See "Alternative hotkey" in this item.
Since my development tools do not support drag and drop inside list views, I would have to code it myself. Big effort for an interesting but probably not a must-have feature.