Quick Access Popup v8
Speed up your work with this multi-purpose launcher and folder switcher! Freeware for Windows.

QAP First Steps

Customize your menu

QAP Options

Video made with QAP v9.
Also see this Quick Presentation and other demos, what's new, in-depth, etc.

What's new in v10

Easy one-step installation

  1. Download, execute this exe file and just follow the instructions.
  2. Enjoy!

You can find help on installation here: What's the simplest way to install Quick Access Popup? You can also install and update Quick Access Popup automatically and silently using Chocolatey.

Installing QAP Video Demo

Portable installation

If you prefer to use Quick Access Popup in “portable” mode, download and unzip this file and follow these instructions: How can I install Quick Access Popup to make it fully portable?. This will, for example, allow you to run Quick Access Popup from an external drive or USB key. And don't forget to turn auto-startup on and enable check for updates to stay up-to-date!

If you get a virus or malware alert from your anti-virus or protection software about Quick Access Popup being a potential threat, this is not the case (you can trust me… or read this setup EXE file or portable ZIP file anti-virus report by VirusTotal.com :-). Please, also read this post: How can I use QAP if an anti-virus is blocking its download or its execution?.

This new version v10 has been thoroughly tested by our team of beta testers. But if, for any reason, you have issues with QAP v10, you can install the last v9 release here (v9.5.3). Settings files for v9 and v10 are forward/backward compatible.

What's new

Version: 10.3.4 (2020-02-06)
- save and restore maximized state when exiting with "Customize" window maximized
- fix bug with "Drives" menu when the option "Attach dynamic menus..." is unchecked
- fix bug when menu path exceeds the Windows limit of 259 or 260 (rare because normally, the operating system does not allow creation of folder path of this length)
- fix bugs when reading usage statistic from database
- correction for the "Repeat last action" and "Repeat last actions" menu items in Simplified Chinese (ZH-CN)
- Dutch language update
Version: 10.3.3 (2020-01-18)
- add new Special folder "Applications" (can be added in the "Power User" section)
- fix bug when saving the "Options" causing the lost of the Snippets "Macro mode" default value
- fix bug when adding a favorite from context menu or using QAPmessenger, now add the favorite to Main menu instead of the last shown menu
- fix bug causing menu name too long error in some situation when building the menu
- in favorites list, display QAP features default localized name and Special folders default names instead of repeating the custom name
- Dutch language update
Version: 10.3.2 (2019-12-31)
- when importing or exporting favorites with the "Import/Export Settings" command, fix bug when the "[Favorites]" section is larger than 65,532 characters (QAP now imports or exports favorites line by line instead of copying the section as a whole because of size limit)
- display a progress popup text when importing or exporting favorites
- when saving favorites, stop doing an internal backup of the "[Favorites]" section of the ini file as "[Favorites-backup]" when its size is larger than 65,532 characters (this backup section is unused and is copied only for debugging)
Version: 10.3.1 (2019-12-22)
- fix bug preventing to revert a Live Folder back to a normal favorite folder
- fix bug in dropdown list when selecting a favorite position and a menu contains a line separator
- improve how Live folder document icons and favorite documents default icons are retrieved from the associated applications files
- allow to add control panel items using the "Add this Folder" context menu command (for control panel items supporting the Explorer context menu)
- get localized name of an item added with an CLSID using the Explorer context menu and QAPmessenger (for example, items added from control panels with the "Add this Folder" command)
- for Directory Opus and Total Commander users, fix a bug when trying to open items added with a CLSID
- Dutch language file update
Version: 10.3 (2019-11-24)
Snippet Quick Add
- new QAP Feature "Snippet Quick Add" displaying a dialog box where you can create a snippet and its hotstring in one step, with the content of the Windows Clipboard used to suggest default values for the name and content of the new snippet
- you can add the "Snippet Quick Add" feature to a menu by selecting "Add Favorite", choose the type "QAP Feature", section "QAP Menu Editing" and select "Snippet Quick Add"
- in "Options", section "Snippets and Hotstrings", you can set the default submenu where the snippets added with the "Snippet Quick Add" dialog box are stored
- to promote the use of snippets, a new menu "My Snippets" is added to your menu with the "Snippet Quick Add" feature and an example of snippet including an hotstring (you can move or remove this menu in the "Customize" window)
- see: https://www.quickaccesspopup.com/can-i-create-a-snippet-using-the-clipboard-and-define-its-hotstring-in-one-step/
Configurable hotkeys for Alternative menus features
- redesign the section "Alternative Menu Hotkeys" of the "Options" dialog box allowing to assign various keyboard hotkeys for Alternative menu features ("Open in new window", "Edit a Favorite", "Copy a Favorite's Path or URL", "Run as administrator", "Open the Containing Folder in a New Window" and "Open the Containing Folder in the Current Window")
- available hotkeys are: Left + Shift, Left + Control, Left + Shift + Control, Right + Shift, Right + Control and Right + Shift + Control
- to use these hotkeys, open the main QAP menu and, before clicking a favorite, press one of the six hotkeys combination to activate its associated feature
- improved Alternative menu QAP feature "Open the Containing Folder...", including support for Special folders
- an error message is displayed when an Alternative menu feature is not supported for a given favorite type
- see: https://www.quickaccesspopup.com/can-i-launch-alternative-menu-features-directly-from-the-regular-popup-menu/
Various improvements
- new QAP feature "Window Always on Top" that toggle the always on top property of the selected window (you can add this feature to a menu by selecting "Add Favorite", choose the type "QAP Feature", section "Window Management" and select "Window Always on Top"); see: https://www.quickaccesspopup.com/can-i-make-the-active-window-always-on-top/
- a tooltip message is displayed when the "Always on Top" property is turned OFF for a window
- in the "Enter your donor code" dialog box, add a link to remove an existing sponsor code if it was entered by error
- in "Edit Favorite" dialog box for "Folder" favorites, in "Windows Options" tab, support user variables "{...}" and environement variables "%...%" for Explorer window position Left, Top, Width and Height values
Bug fixes
- now open some Special folders in Directory opus lister instead of an external window
- fix a bug breaking the Alternative menu when saving any change in the "Options" dialog box
- fix various bugs when opening a group of folders, when adding a favorite after deleting multiple favorites and when positioning Explorer window on active monitor
Language updates
- French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Brazilian-Portuguese and Italian language update for v10.3

Also, about previous releases...
What's new in v10
What's new in v9.5 to v9.5.2
What's new in v9.3 and 9.4
What's new in v9.1 and 9.2
More info on new features and improvements in v9.
See the recording of our video webinars on Quick Access Popup v9 new features

See version history in the change log.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

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Quick Access Popup is available in: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Korean.

  • Quick Access Popup was designed for all international versions of Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10, both client and server versions, with Explorer windows, File Dialog Boxes (Open, Save, etc.*), Console Window (CMD command prompt) and many popular alternative file managers.
  • Users of Windows XP and Windows Vista are invited to use Folders Popup, previous version of Quick Access Popup, that is still supported for these OS.

* Quick Access Popup can change folders in software that use the standard Windows file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.). This will work in most software. See how to activate this feature: Can I change folders in file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.)?

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