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: 10.1.1 (2019-10-18)
- when loading the settings, add protection against invalid theme value
- get the default values for new Live Folders options (hide icons, hide extensions, show hidden files and show system files) from user's preferences in Windows registry
- revert the default value for the option "Start Numeric Menus Shortcuts at 1 instead of 0" to the default value in v9
- QAPmessenger update v1.4 ready: adapt language selection based on changes in settings files location in QAP v10
Version: 10.1 (2019-10-14)
(including bug fixes in v10.0.1 to v10.0.9)
Customize window improvements
- the "Settings" window has been renamed "Customize" and has been lightened to give close to 50% more room to the favorites list
- a new menu bar with "File", "Favorite", "Tools", "Options" and "Help" menus is available in the "Customize" window and in the QAP system menu (right click on QAP icon in Notification zone)
- various buttons for features and links were removed from the "Customize" window and were moved to the new QAP menu bar
- the Search box is now hidden under the submenus dropdown list to save space and a magnifying glass icon allows to reveal it
- new keyboard shortcuts were added: press F1 for a complete list of shortcuts
Other improvements to the Customize window
- QAP features names can now be edited, using the default localized name if name is left empty
- the Search box now filters items from the menu currently in the "Customize" window instead of from the top menu (Main)
- in the items list, the "parent menu" item ("..") was removed and arrows for parent menu (up) and previous menu (back) are now more visible
- when adding or editing a favorite of types Folder, Document or Application, QAP now checks if the file exists (except if the location includes a placeholder)
- in the tree view, when adding a favorite of type "Special Folder" or "QAP Feature", a new node at the end lists all "Special folders" or "QAP Features" in alphabetical order
- after saving a new or edited favorite, the submenu in the "Customize" window is changed to the favorite's destination menu
- a new dialog box facilitates the input of the "Sponsor code", this command is available from the "Enter your sponsor code" menu item in the "Help" menu
Revamped Options window
- a new "Options" window with sections tabs on the left: "General", "Settings Window", "Menu Icons", "Menu Appearance", "Popup Menu", "Popup Hotkeys", "Alternative Menu Hotkeys", "File Managers", "Snippets and Hotstrings", "User Variables" and "Database"
- more advanced options and some options previously found only in the quickaccesspopup.ini file are now available under the "Menu Advanced Options", "Launch Advanced Options" and "Various Advanced Options" tabs
- new options under the "Customize Window" tab of the "Options" dialog box allows to select if this window is open at startup (default on for new users) and to select to display the new QAP menu bar in the "Customize" window, in the QAP System menu or in both locations (the default setting)
Easy Setup installation changes
- for new installations, the default Settings Folder is now under "My Documents\Quick Access Popup" (instead of user's AppData folder)
- Settings Folder can now be changed in "Options", "General" section, with a dialog box asking if user wants to copy its actual settings to the new folder or use the settings already in this new location (or create new settings, if necessary)
- QAP now uses a Windows Registry "Run" key to set QAP as a startup program (the old startup file shortcut is deleted), this option being enabled by default for new installations (for installations in portable mode, the startup file shortcut is kept and is disabled by default)
- QAP now deletes temporary folders older than 7 days if they were not removed when quitting QAP as it should be normally done
Various changes
- a new options for "Live Folders" allows to display or not icons and file extensions in menu, and to include or not hidden and system folders/files in the menu
- retrieve more icons for document favorites and items in the "Recent files" menu
- support environment variables (like %TEMP%) in temporary, working and backup folders
- refresh dynamic menus (Clipboard, Reopen a Folder, Directory Opus Favorites, Drives, Repeat Last Actions, Frequent Files, Frequent Folders, Recent Files, Recent Folders, Current Windows and TC Directory hotlist) when they are part of a submenu open using a keyboard shortcut or an hotstring
- support relative path, system, user variables, and "file,index" icon format for alternative tray icon, and use the pick icon dialog box to select an alternative tray icon
- when saving an application favorite having Parameters, turn the "Activate if running" option off if it is also enabled (these two options cannot be used together)
- stop displaying the Parameters text box for favorites of type Folder (this parameter had no effect in this type of favorites)
- fix various small bugs not discovered when developing v9
- thanks to volunteer translators, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Korean, Portuguese and Portuguese Brazilian language has been updated to v10 (looking for someone to take over Spanish translation)
- for English proofreading, thanks to Greg F.
Internal changes
- implement object oriented data model (using classes, etc.) for favorites data
- upgraded the AutoHotkey runtime to v1.1.30.03 (dated April 4, 2019)
* looking for someone to take over Spanish translation
* users who made a donation for QAP before v10, please see: https://www.quickaccesspopup.com/upgrading-donor-code/

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.

Beta testers

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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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