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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.

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 :-). 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: 10.5.2 (2020-06-27)
- when adding a favorite, retrieve custom folder icon in hidden file desktop.ini if it exists
- for portable installation, check icons file JLicons.dll version and display error message if the file is outdated
- fix bug when adding an item from a QAP feature in submenu
- fix bug checking for duplicates when loading favorites
- fix bug when using the command "Restore Customize window position"
- fix bug when items in Total Commander Hotlist menu contain ampersand (&)
- when building TC Hotlist menu, disregard end of menu indicator ("--") in main menu (as TC tolerates this syntax error)
- fix internal bug when restoring favorites after user chacelled changes in the "Customize" window
Version: 10.5.1 (2020-06-19)
- when building Live folders, retrieve localized sub folders names (if it exists in desktop.ini file)
- when adding a folder and retrieving suggested "Short name for menu", retrieve localized sub folders name (if it exists in desktop.ini file)
- when checking for an update on QAP website, improve caching and error checking
- add diagnostic code when checking for a newer version (contact me on the forum if you experienced issues with the "Check for update" command not reporting a newer release)
- fix bug in "Sort" menus when selecting the "Customize Window Options" item
- fix bug causing an error message when disabling the "Display dates and stats" checkbox in "Options, Customize Window"
- fix other bugs when sorting menus
Version: 10.5 (2020-06-12)
Six new Windows Special Folders favorites
- new QAP Special Folders entries...
  in "Basic" section: "Windows Search"
  in "Power User" section: "Notification Area Icons", "Task Manager", "Disk Management"
  in "Sysadmin" section: "Event Viewer" and
  in "Hardware" section: "Computer Management"
- to use these new items, add them to your menu by adding a favorite of type "Special Folder" (
Automatic sorting of submenus (in "Edit Favorite" dialog box for iems of types "Menu" or "Shared menu")
- new option allowing to automatically sort favorites in the menu
- sort by "Name", "Type", "Hotkey", "Location or content", "Created date", "Modified date" and, if the QAP database is enabled, by "Last used date" or "Usage" level
- for more info:
Open a subfolder automatically (in "Edit Favorite" dialog box, "Advanced Settings" tab)
- new option for favorites of type "Folder" to open automatically one of its subfolder based on its date
- open the most recently or most anciently created, modified or accessed subfolder
- for more info:
Favorites list in Customize window
- in "Options, Customize Window", a new option to display additional columns in the favorites list: last modification date, creation date, last usage date and usage level (the same options also applies to the search result list)
- a new "Sort" button on the left side of the "Customize" window opens a popup menu allowing to sort the favorites in the displayed menu by any column (this does a one-time sorting in regular submenus or change the sort criteria in automatically sorted menus)
- in the "Sort" menu, two additional entries allow to edit the current menu and access the "Customize Window" options
- right-clicking in the favorites list, open the "Sort" menu allowing to sort the items or access the "Edit this menu" or "Customize Window Options" dialog boxes
Various bug fixes
- fix a bug in the installer (setup mode only) when checking for the Explorer context menu option
- when adding a favorite with the "Add Active Folder or Web page Express" command or with the context menu entries "Add Folder/File to QAP menu Express", make the ampersands "&" visibles automatically in favorite name by doubling them ("&&")
- fix bug when setting the submenu for items added from context menu entries "Add Folder/File to QAP menu Express" or other QAPmessenger commands
- fix bug updating the created date and last modified date when saving favorites and when converting UTC time to local time (and, at load time, fill the empty dates with current date-time for items that were not filled previously because of this bug)
Various improvements
- add support for ConEmu (a console emulator) similar to support for Windows Console (command line) and PowerShell (
- new JLicon.DLL icon file v1.6 with icons used in "Customize" window "Sort" popup menu to flag the current sort criteria
- in "Options", the "Show QAP menu" option from "Customize Window" option was moved to the "Menu Advanced Options" section
- feature removed: "Starting number" option in Shared menus files is now not supported (this option has been deprecated since v8.1.9.1)
- update French, Korean, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese (fix some file encoding errors in this language), Russian, German, Italian, Dutch and Chinese language files for v10.5

See the full version history in the change log.
Also, about previous releases...
What's new in v10.4
What's new in v10 (video)

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Beta testers

To help me test new features, subscribe to the beta testers page. The more we are to test, better QAP will be. More info on the Beta Test page.


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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