Can I change folder in Windows command line CMD or PowerShell?

Sysadmin love it! Yes, you can popup the QAP menu over the Windows Console (CMD command line utility) and the newer PowerShell application.

To change folder in these applications, click the Middle Mouse Button over the CMD or PowerShell window (or activate the window and hit Windows + W) and select a folder in your popup menu. The folder will be sent to the target window with the appropriate command to change folder in CMD or PowerShell.

Users of international Windows versions who had issues with accentuated characters not being sent properly to the CMD window, this issue has been solved since v8.7.

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 QAP 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.

How can I use QAP if an anti-virus is blocking its download or its execution?

Status: Clean

Analysis by VirusTotal.com for QAP setup file and for portable ZIP file

All you need to know about anti-virus false positives (false alerts)...

Protection software block malware applications that could harm your PC. But, sometime, they can also make collateral damages and block legit software like Quick Access Popup.

To prevent bad programs from taking control or infiltrate your PC, protection programs use two protection approaches.

  • Some protection programs block known malware and frequently update a blacklist database to catch these apps before they can do damage.
  • But more often, protection software have a more aggressive approach: they block any app that could cause damage based on various criteria. To allow good applications to work, they maintain a whitelist of trusted apps.

This may result in occasional false malware alerts. In the case of Quick Access Popup, between 0% and 4% of the various detection softwares can produce such false alerts. All others declare Quick Access Popoup as clean and safe!  If your protection software is blocking it, please see if you can approve (whitelist) Quick Access Popup in the configuration of your software. Also, you can probably go to your software website and report Quick Access Popup as a good app to add to the whitelist database. See the example in the comments on the page on this subject for my older app Folders Popup.

More about this issue in this post from another independent developer: Antivirus companies cause a big headache to small developers.

Needless to say - all these virus-related email messages that I receive every day are a big headache and require me to waste my time on answering/handling them, instead of adding new features to my utilities and updating my site. [ more... ]

At least, I know I'm not the only small developer facing this issue...

Windows Defender is blocking Quick Access Popup

Until any new version of Quick Access Popup is recognized as a legit software by Windows Defender, this protection software could delete the QAP setup file when you try to install it. If you trust me and want to run QAP, you can prevent it: launch Windows Defender (type "Defender" in the search/launch bar) and open the History tab. See the instructions below (screen capture is in French; I translated to the best of my knowledge).

Windows-Defender-Instructions

Google Chrome is blocking Quick Access Popup

Until Quick Access Popup is recognized by Google Chrome as a legit software, you may see the following alert messages on your download bar (in your own Chrome language - this one is in French).

If Chrome tells you (my own translation to English): "The file quickaccesspopup-setup.exe is not commonly downloaded. It could harm your computer". If you trust me and want to run QAP, in the menu, click Keep.

chrome-alerte

 

Windows SmartScreen

Since September 2016, Quick Access Popup setup and executable files are signed with a software certificate assessing that the publisher is known (that's me!) and that the executable file has not been modified by a third-party (thanks to users who helped me share the expense of buying this software publisher certificate!).

Now that QAP is a "signed" software you should not see "publisher unknown alerts" from protection software like Windows SmartScreen.

However, if Windows tells you: "quickaccesspopup-setup.exe is not commonly downloaded and might harm your computer", if you trust me and want to try QAP, Click Execute.

QAP-SmartScreen-1

Then, the following message could appear: "Windows protected your PC". Click More info.

QAP-SmartScreen-2

In the next message, you should see Publisher: Jean Lalonde. Click Run anyway. This will install QAP.

QAP-SmartScreen-3

Please, if you have experience with protection software and Quick Access Popup, feel free to add a comment below to share it with other users.

 

How can I make the QAP icon always stay in the Notification Area?

When you run it, Quick Access Popup (QAP) adds an icon in the Notification Area (System Tray) and await your orders. You can click this icon to open the QAP menu.

But icons in the Notification zone have a tendency to fidget and disappear in an obscure sub menu... There is a method to iron the QAP icon in the Notification zone. Follow the instructions for your Windows version:

 

Are administrator rights required to install QAP?

If the Quick Access Popup setup program asks for an administrator password, you have two options: ask your system administrator to install it for you (using the setup program). Or, if you have some basic technical knowledge and prefer to get it done yourself, install Quick Access Popup in portable mode since this type of installation does not require administrative rights.

Now, for your sysadmin...

The QAP setup program requires elevated rights (via a User Account Control dialog) when the installation is started. If the setup program was started by an unprivileged user, Windows will ask for the password of an account that has administrative privileges, and the setup will then run under that account.

In order to allow installation by the admin and to set configuration files specific to end users, the setup program is executing the following steps.

  1. It creates a group Quick Access Popup in the All Users Start Menu with the Start In parameter set to the common appdata folder (for example: C:\ProgramData\Quick Access Popup).
  2. In the common appdata folder, the setup program creates file named quickaccesspopup-setup.ini where QAP stores the language selected by user during setup. This folder can also include customized templates of the files QuickAccessPopup.ini and QAPconnect.ini. This would allow the sysadmin to create a default menu and default configuration for the needs of his organization's end users.
  3. When Quick Access Popup is launched for the first time by an end user, it creates in user's appdata folder (for example: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Quick Access Popup) the files QuickAccessPopup.ini and QAPconnect.ini from an internal template, unless templates of these files are found in the common appdata folder. In this case, these files are copied to user's appdata folder. Original files in the common appdata folder are never changed by end users.
  4. If the end user selects the Run at Startup option, the shortcut created in his/her personal Startup folder will make sure the users's config is saved in his/her personal appdata folder.

If, during setup, the option Import Folders Popup settings and favorites is selected, the imported settings are saved in the file quickaccesspopup.ini in the common appdata folder. This file would also be used as a template for end users configuration.

There is no obligation but... if Quick Access Popup is making your company save money, maybe should you consider a donation to QAP developer... 🙂

As seen at step #2 above, sysadmins could create or edit the quickaccesspopup.ini file in the common appdata folder to give their users a template with favorites of interest for all users: network folders, path to shared applications or documents, intranet URLs, etc. Administrator could also edit this file to enable the Shared Menus Catalogue to facilitate the addition of shared menus by end users (see Can I create a catalogue of shared menus for my team or workgroup?).

To facilitate the creation of a new quickaccesspopup.ini file, admin can run QAP in portable mode, configure options and favorites and copy to fresh ini file the common appdata folder.

About Explorer Context Menus

When installed with in setup mode, QAP always enable its Explorer Context Menus. There are two exceptions: context menus will *not* be enabled if "ExplorerContextMenus=0" in either of the quickaccesspopup.ini file in current user's appdata folder or common appdata folder. More about Explorer context menus: Explorer Context Menus Help.

What are these special folders in the "My Special Folders" menu?

When Windows is installed, many system folders are created. Quick Access Popup knows more than 50 of these system folders called "Windows Special Folders". The My Special folders menu gives access to the most known and used:

  • Desktop
  • Document
  • Pictures
  • Downloads
  • My Computer
  • Network Neighborhood
  • Control Panel
  • Recycle Bin

With the first item of this menu Add Favorite - Special Folder..., you can add new system folders to this menu (see How do I add a favorite to my menu? for help on adding favorites to your menu). There are plenty of other special folders that you can also add using the Add Favorite button in the Settings window, for example: Libraries, Recent items, Startup folder, History, Favorites, Quick Launch, Cookies, Temporary files, etc. Special folders can be inserted in any QAP menu or submenu. For your convenience, the My Special Folders menu was built when you installed QAP. Feel free to add special folders to this menu or to move them around.

How do I add Windows Special Folders to my menu?

Adding one of the 50 Windows Special Folders to your menu is as easy as adding a normal folder, and even easier. All you have to do is to select the Special folder in one of the section of the Special folders tree view, grouped by type of usage:

  • Basic for folders used by everyday usage;
  • Power User for folders used by more advanced users;
  • Sysadmin for PC and network administrative tasks;
  • Contents for folders related to various media;
  • Hardware for folders about PC components.

When you select a Special folders in the tree view, its name is automatically entered in the Short name for menu text zone (if it was not already filled) and the default icon for this special folder is selected in the Menu Options tab. You can change these default name and icon. In the Menu Options tab, as for other types of favorites, you can also select in what submenu and at what position the Special folder will be inserted, as well as assigning it a shortcut.

Settings in the Window Options tab are identical to those of Folders favorites, as described in the FAQ page about advanced options for favorite folders.

How can I restore my icons that got replaced after I updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

Wrong icons imported from Windows 7 under Windows 10

Wrong icons imported from Windows 7 to Windows 10

NOTE: The following info is for users who installed QAP under Windows 7 and upgraded to Windows 10.

Quick Access Popup is using icons from Windows files "shell32.dll" and "imageres.dll" found in the "System32" Windows folder. Microsoft has the bad practice of slightly changing the order of the icons in these files at every major release (and even, sometimes, in service packs).

This has for consequence that, after a Windows update, some QAP favorite icons in QAP suddenly show to the wrong icons in the popup menu. For example, if you just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you will see the submenu icon changed to a surprising blue rounded arrow. To fix this issue, you have to following options (from the quickest to the safest):

1) Download and run the little utility QAPupdateIconsWin10. It will scan your settings file and update every icons number that changed from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It is better to do this just after you upgraded to Windows 10. If you added icons using Windows 10 since you upgraded, there is a slight risk that the app would replace icons numbers that would not need it.

Icons fixed with QAPupdateIconsWin10 utility.

Icons fixed with QAPupdateIconsWin10 utility.

2) Use te QAP Settings window to edit manually the changed icons. I agree, this can be tedious.

3) Use a text editor and open the QuickAccessPopup.ini file. The replace the following strings in the settings file:

Replace from "imageres.dll,203" to "imageres.dll,204" (Special Folders icon)
Replace from "imageres.dll,208" to "imageres.dll,209" (Donate icon)
Replace from "imageres.dll,217" to "imageres.dll,201" (Add This Folder icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,297" to "shell32.dll,299" (Group Save icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,298" to "shell32.dll,300" (Submenu icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,301" to "shell32.dll,319" (Options icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,304" to "shell32.dll,324" (Application icon)
Replace from "shell32.dll,305" to "shell32.dll,325" (Switch icon)

Can I change the font, size or color of the QAP popup menu items?

Yes and no. QAP is building its menus using standard Windows commands. You can change menu fonts, size or color in Windows Control panel and this will change menus appearance in all applications using standard Windows menus. But you can't change only QAP menus font.

If you want to change the font size to reduce the space because you have many entries in your menu, you can change the size of menu icons, or even completely remove them. This will allow you to have more menu entries in the same space. Open the Menu tab of the Options window change the Menu icon size. Also, you can use sub-menus to group menu entries under a single entry.

The left menu has icons size of 48 pixels, the middle one has the default size 32 pixels and the right one has the smallest 16 pixels width.

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.

 

Can I control how my computer is closed with QAP?

Quick Access Popup gives you full control on how you close your computer or your screen. With the new QAP Feature Close Computer Control Center, you can Power down, Shutdown, Restart your computer or simply Logoff. You can tell Windows to forced the selected command if required (if you really require it, because this can cause loss of data).

You can also Sleep or Hibernate your computer with two options: Sleep immediately (which may cause data loss) and Disable wake events which prevents some events (like alerts) to wake up you computer when you do not want it.

Finally, you can simply Turn monitor off, Put monitor in low-power mode or Start screen saver.

The Close Computer Control Center feature is available in the QAP Features tree view under the category Windows Features. In addition, other individual QAP Features are available under the Close Computer Commands subcategory: Restart computer, Logoff userSleep computerHibernate computer, Turn monitor off, Put monitor in low-power mode and Start screen saver.

Can I close all running applications and windows in one click?

The QAP Feature Close All Windows displays a dialog box listing all the windows of applications running on your PC. In this list you can select the windows to close. Use the Select/Deselect all buttons or select the check boxes individually. Then click Close selected windows to proceed.

You can double-click (or press Enter) on one window to see more info about its application and close this app individually.

Can I sync menu icons with custom Windows folder icons?

QAP can read the current Windows folders custom icons and even set new custom icons to Windows folders .

When you create a favorite folder, if the folder already has a custom icon (configured in the hidden system file desktop.ini), this icon will automatically be associated to your new favorite and shown in your QAP menu.

If the folder has no icon, you can use the Add/Edit favorite dialog box link Set Windows folder icon to change the icon in the folder's desktop.ini files to the image selected for your favorite. That way, your QAP menu and your Windows file system will show the same icons for your favorite folders. QAP can also Remove Windows folder icon if you want to revert your changes.

See this YouTube video!

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.

Why are QAP context menus not working in some windows?

In some setup, the QAP context menus may work in Windows Explorer windows but not in a custom file manager (like Total Commander).  Or the opposite.

This is generally because some applicatinos are running with different access privileges.

For example, if your file manager is running with administrator permissions while QAPmessenger.exe (that app transmitting commands from context menus to QAP) is running with standard permissions, messages sent from the context menu could not be received by QAPmessenger. Maybe you should run your file manager with regular permission or, on the opposite, launch QAPmessenger.exe with elevated privileges.

The opposite could also be true: if QAP runs in admin mode and Windows Explorer (or Total Commander) in standard mode, context menus in Explorer could not launch QAP commands because QAP has higher permissions than Explorer. Context menu can only call apps having privileges equal or lower than Windows Explorer has.

Please read more about QAP and Windows Access Control List (ACL).

To find more about installation and enabling of Explorer context menu, read the Explorer Context Menus Help.

Why is the middle mouse button not working over some windows?

Note to power users with more technical knowledge about ACL: do not hesitate to use the comment form below to give more detailed or accurate information.

Most of the time, this issue is related to ACL (Windows Access Control List).

Each window in Windows is launched with a given set of rights. Basically, there are two levels:

  • user level (standard permissions)
  • administrator level (elevated permissions)

With elevated privileges, user can make changes to the system that can affect all other users on the system.

Quick Access Popup hotkeys (by default, middle mouse button) only work on windows that have equal or lower access level. If you start an application with an higher "administrator" privileges (using the Run As Administrator Windows Explorer menu), QAP will not have the permission to open its menu over the windows created by this app. To do so, you would have to also launch QAP with administrator privileges.

Is it a good idea to launch QAP as Administrator? You have to know that every program started from QAP will the also inherit these enhanced rights. This could allow them to do changes on your system without prompting you. From a system security point of view, this may put your system at risk. In other words, you have to know what you are doing.

Can I create favorites on network drives?

Yes. Quick Access Popup supports regular file system folders and UNC locations like network folders or WebDAV folders (Sharepoint libraries, etc.).

HTTP locations (URL format) will be automaticaly transformed to network path (UNC format) for compatibility with Windows Explorer. For example, http://abc.server.com/folder/subfolder/My Name.doc will be replaced by \abc.server.com\folder\subfolder\My%20Name.doc

In a file Explorer, if a location is password protected, you may need to be logged in manually *before* navigating to it using Quick Access Popup.

Can I create a favorite for an internal command (also called DOS commands) like DIR or XCOPY?

Yes. But creating an application favorite for a Windows/DOS built-in command (like dir, copy, rd, start, etc.) is a bit tricky. You have to create an Application favorite and insert as the application path:

%COMSPEC%

This is an environment variable containing the path to the Console (or CMD) executable. Then, in the Advanced Settings tab, enter the following Parameters:

/k command param1 "param 2"
or
/c command param1 "param 2"

With "/k" the Console window remain open after the command is executed. With "/c", it will be closed. "command" is the command you want to launch ("DIR" in the following example. And "param1" (etc.) are the parameters for the command. Enclose each of them in double-quotes if they include spaces.

In the following example, the DIR command is called to list the .EXE files in the current folder ("{cur_loc}" is replaced with the path of the folder on which you middle-clicked to open the QAP popup menu):

Can I use system environment variables in favorite paths?

Yes. Tech support, sysadmin and other power users love it!

In any file path (folder, document or application), the system environment variables like %appdata%, %public%, %temp% or %userprofile% (etc.) are supported in favorite location (for example: "%appdata%/Microsoft/Templates" will take you to the folder "C:/Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Templates").

System variables can also be inserted in favorite advanced settings Parameters, Launch with this application and Start in. See What are favorites advanced settings?

You can also enter a location without path. In this case, the file is searched in the PATH environment variable directories or in app paths in the Windows registry. In these examples, the folders in the resolved path column are assumed to be in the PATH variable. If you enter an application location without a file extension, it is searched for all executable extensions in the PATHEXT variable: .COM; .EXE; .BAT; .CMD; .VBS; etc.

File without path Resolved path
Shell32.dll C:/Windows/System32/Shell32.dll
Notepad.exe C:/Windows/Notepad.exe
Notepad C:/Windows/Notepad.exe

What’s the QAP working directory?

The working directory is the folder where the QAP settings file QuickAccessPopup.ini is saved and updated.

If you installed QAP using the "one-step installation" procedure, the working directory is [user folder]/AppData/Roaming/Quick Access Popup (for example, C:/Users/Jean/AppData/Roaming/Quick Access Popup).

If you preferred the portable installation, by default the working directory is where the QuickAccessPopup.exe program is running.

In any case, you can set your own working directory by editing the QAP shortcut in the Startup folder (or create your own shortcut) and set the working directory in the Start in: field of the shortcut.

Can QAP launch an application with administrator privileges?

Yes. If QAP is running with administrator permission, all applications it will launch will automatically inherit the admin level. But you should not run QAP with admin privileges unless you have good reasons to do so.

If QAP is running with standard permission, you can start a given application in admin mode only if required. Check the option Elevate application with administration privileges in the Advanced Settings of the Edit Favorite dialog box. When start it, QAP will ask Windows to launch the app with admin privileges. Of course, before launching it, Windows will display the usual approval dialog box or ask for the admin password.

 

See more information about Windows ACL (Access Control List) and QAP.

Why are buttons icons so small in the Settings window?

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.