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

Easy one-step installation

  1. Download, execute this exe file and just follow the setup 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?.

What's new

The most recent version Quick Access Popup v9.2.1 optimize the refresh time for new dynamic menus introduced in v9.2. The new Frequent Folders and Frequent Files menus grouped with Recent Items and Current Windows menus in the new In the Works menu are now refreshed with faster and more stable delays.

Find more information in: What's new in v9.1 and v9.2? and Fine tuning v9.2.

Version: 9.2.1 (2018-10-23)
- optimized the code refreshing QAP menus using new tools offered by the SQLite database
- refresh "Recent folders", "Recent files", "Frequent folders", "Frequent files" and "Drives" menus from a preprocessed field in the database
- refactor the background task collecting recent items to also preprocess "Recent folders", "Recent files", "Frequent folders", "Frequent files" and "Drives" menus
- in "Options", change database options button name in the "More" tab from "Frequent Items database" to "Quick Access Popup database"
- the option to attach dynamic menus to main menu is now true by default ("Settings", "Options" button, "Menu" tab, first check box in second column)
- when refreshing the "Clipboard" menu, reduce the maximum size accepted to handle Windows Clipboard data from 50,000 to 10,000 characters (this could become an option in future release) and display specific messages in "Clipboard" menu if Clipboard is empty, too large or has no path/url
- fix bug when installing SQLite files on 64-bit system when user runs QAP with 32-bit executable
- update to German, Korean, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and French language files
IMPORTANT note about the "In the Works" menu: Now that menu refresh time has been optimized, it is now recommended to "attach" the "Recent folders", "Recent files", "Frequent folders" and "Frequent files" menus to the QAP main menu. Make sure the "Attach all dynamic menus to QAP main menu" option is checked ("Settings", "Options" button, "Menu" tab, first check box in second column). For new installations, this option is now checked by default.
About performance: Menu refresh code was seriously optimized in this release. Do not expect huge increases in performance. Moving data collection to a background task speeds up menu refreshing but rebuilding the menu as you request it still takes a minimum amount of time. My goal with this release was to make it as quick as possible and, as important, to deliver stable "show time" regardless of the time Windows sometime takes to reply to queries about recent folders, recent files or disk free space. For more info, see the UPDATED page:

Version: 9.2 (2018-10-02)
Frequent Items QAP Features
- new "Frequent Folders" and "Frequent Files" QAP Features showing a menu with the ten most frequently used folders or files (excluding folders or files not found) sorted by frequency
- categorize "Frequent Folders" and "Frequent Files" QAP Features under the section "Dynamic Menus" of the QAP features list in the "Add/Edit Favorite" dialog box
- if, in early usage, "Frequent Folders" and "Frequent Files" menus are incomplete, a notice is added to explain that the menus will improve with QAP usage
Frequent Items menus options
- reorganize "Options" dialog box tabs: remove "Exclusions" tab and add the "More" tab with buttons for "Exclusions list", "Frequent Items Dabatase" and "User Variables" options dialog boxes
- in the "Frequent Items Database" options dialog box:
  - show QAP Privacy Statement
  - enable/disable Frequent Items database checkbox
  - collection interval for Windows Recent Items (in seconds, minimum 60, default 60)
  - number of days covered by the Frequent Items menus (default 30 days)
  - maximum size of the database in MB, decimal values allowed (default 3 MB)
  - checkbox to show the favorites frequency index in Frequent Items menus and in "Settings" window
  - button to "Flush Recent Items database"
Frequent Items database technical notes
- a background task collects (for user's usage only) Windows Recent Items and QAP usage in an SQLite local database named QAP_Frequent.DB
- QAP is now distributed with files sqlite3.dll and sqlite3.def (32-bit or 64-bit - appropriate version is used according to user's system)
- when maximal database size is exceeded, QAP removes oldest items until the maximal size minus 10% is respected
- when exiting QAP, it creates a backup of the database under the name QAP_Frequent.DB-BK, always overwriting the previous copy (this allows scheduled backup programs to copy the backup file even when the live database is locked by QAP)
"In the Works" menu
- at first launch of QAP, a new "In the Works" menu is added to Main menu including items "Frequent Folders", "Frequent Files", "Recent Folders", "Recent Files" and "Current Windows" (aka "Switch")
- this menu is added at the top of Main menu for new users or at the bottom of Main menu for users upgrading to v9.2+
- assign to the "In the Works" menu the QAP icon and the Shift + Control + W shortcut
- users upgrading to v9.2 can remove the duplicates "Recent Folders", "Recent Files" and "Current Windows" (aka "Switch") items previously in the "My QAP Essentials" menu
Recent Items menus
- "Recent Folders" and "Recent Files" are now refreshed from the Frequent Items database (keeping the previous method if Frequent Items database is disabled)
- Recent Items menus are now always attached to the Main menu (because they are now built more reliably from the database)
New {SEL_LOC} Placeholders
- the new placeholders "{SEL_LOC}" inserts in favorites paths and snippets the path of the item currently under the mouse pointer or the item selected in the the file manager window
- the "{SEL_LOC}" placeholder variants are: "{SEL_LOC}" (full path), "{SEL_NAME}" (file name only), "{SEL_DIR}" (directory), "{SEL_EXT}" (extension), "{SEL_NOEXT}" (file name without extension) and "{SEL_DRIVE}" (drive letter)
- the "{SEL_LOC}" placeholder is supported when using Windows Explorer and Directory Opus (this feature is currently not available in Total Commander)
Placeholders in Snippets
- placeholders for selected item "{SEL_LOC}" and their variants are now replaced in Snippet content
- placeholders can be inserted in both in "Text" and "Macro" modes Snippets
- when displaying a prompt before launching a Snippet, placeholders in prompt text are expanded
- tip: if a Snippet includes a location placeholder, use the "Prompt before launching the snippet" option in "Advanced Settigns" to allow moving from the Explorer window to the window where the snippet must be pasted
- tip: if you need to insert the name of a placeholder "as-is" in a Snippet, preceeds the opening bracket with backtick (eg: "`{Clipboard}")
User Variables and Cloud Drives Placeholders
- user variables are custom placeholders that can be inserted in favorites properties and snippet content
- the button "User Variables" under the "More" tab of the "Options" dialog box opens the "User Variables" dialog box
- at its first launch (or when user variables list is empty), QAP creates user variables for these cloud drives (if detected): "{Dropbox}", "{Google Drive}", "{OneDrive}" (SkyDrive) and "{iCoudDrive}"
- allow sorting of favorites list when filtered using the Search field
- language of QAPmessenger v1.3 (used to send Windows Explorer contect menu commands to QAP) is now translated
- when an error message is displayed because a Shared menu ini file is not found, offer to skip future error messages for this Shared menu file
- add "NeverQuotes=1" to QAPconnect file manager properties to skip enclosing of location path between double-quotes when it includes space(s)
- rename the QAP feature "Switch" to "Current Windows"
- update of Brazilian Portugueze, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish language files
- language files include text of QAP Messenger v1.2

Also, about previous major release v9...
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, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

  • 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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Presentations videos

Demo videos


QAP Popup Menu Slideshow

Popup Menu

QAP Settings Slideshow

Favorites Settings

QAP Options Slideshow

Preferences in Options

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