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

Version v9.4.1.4 changes the "Easy Setup" installer to remove an option for users upgrading from Folders Popup, the "ancestor" of QAP (more info for Folders Popup users upgrading). This release has the same feature set as v9.4.1.3, adding Windows custom folder icons to dynamic menus. Other recent versions listed below fix a few bugs introduced in v9.4. Update is strongly recommended for users of v9.4.

Version: (2019-02-17)
- in the "Easy Setup" installer, removed the optional task to import settings from Folders Popup (ancestor of Quick Access Popup, latest version v5.2.3, September 2016)
- Folders Popup users wanting to convert their settings to Quick Access Popup must first install QAP version v9.4.1.3 (or before), and then upgrade to the latest QAP version
- no change for users doing portable installation with the ZIP file

Version: (2019-02-14)
- use custom folder icon from desktop.ini for Live folders top menu item; if there is no dektop.ini file, use the icon defined for the parent Live folder favorite; else use the default icon for Live folders
- in dynamic menus "Current Windows" and "Reopen a folder", use the custom folder icon from desktop.ini if it exists
- fix bug when excluding mouse trigger in a file dialog box and when process name is used as an exclusion criteria
- update to German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese language files

Version: (2019-01-21)
- display a clean error message if user who installed QAP v9.4+ with portable zip file did not update JLicons.dll file to v1.5 (QAP loading icon missing error)
- fix bug when opening group of folders in Directory Opus or Total Commander and the "Use tabs" option is disabled, now open each folder in a new window
- when opening the first folder of a group in Directory Opus, if the app is not running, add a delay after launching it to prevent an intermittent bug leaving the new tab empty
- fix bug when changing hotkey for Alternative menu features leaving previous hotkeys alive until QAP was reloaded
- in "QAP Icon Replacements", support replacement with another QAP icon from JLicons (e.g. "iconFolderLive=iconFolder")
- in "Check for update", add support for Alpha branch, in addition to Beta and Master (prod) branches

Version: (2019-01-10)
* Note: User installing the portable version (ZIP file) from a version ealier than v9.4 must update the JLicons.dll file to v1.5. *
- fix bug introduced in v9.4.1 in the "Switch Settings file" command found under the QAP system menu "Settings file options" (right click the QAP icon in the Notification zone)
- when filtering the "Current Windows" menu for exclusions (intruduced in v9.4.1), fix a bug when excluding Windows Applications (Universal Application Platform)
- fix URL of the help link in the "QAP Icons Replacement" dialog box under the "More" tab of "Options"
- fix small bug with localized labels for modifiers in "Change shortcut" dialog box

Version: 9.4.1 (2019-01-04)
* Update strongly recommended for users of v9.4 *
New features
- QAP Icon Replacements: add new section under the "More" tab of "Options" to set replacements for QAP menu icons found in JLicons.dll
- Current Windows Exclusions: add new section under the "More" tab of "Options" to set application exclusions for the "Current Windows" menu (aka "Switch")
- in "More" tab of "Options" dialog box, rename the "Exclusions list" button "QAP Mouse Button Exclusions"
Bug fixes
- fix bug in "Add/Edit favorite" dialog box where "Windows Options" tab had a wrong label and "Advanced Settings" tab being not available
- fix bug when, in "Options", "Hotkeys" tab, user cancelled the "Change shortcut" dialog box by hitting "Cancel"
Other changes
- for Folder favorites, when "Live Folders" is selected, explain why some options are not available in "Windows Options" and "Advanced Settings" tabs
- internal changes converting QAP icons management, command line parameters and mouse button names using class objects
- update to Dutch language file

Version: 9.4 (2018-12-21)
* Note: User installing the portable version (ZIP file) must update the JLicons.dll file to v1.5. *
Opening Explorer windows on multi-monitor systems
- if the default file manager in "File Managers" tab is Windows Explorer, the tab includes a new option "On a multi-monitor system, always open the Explorer window on the active monitor" when system has more than one monitor
- detect the active monitor based on the mouse position (if favorite folder was launched with mouse trigger) or else based on the active window position
Maximize folder on multiple-monitors systems
- show the "Window Options" tab in "Add/Edit favorite" dialog box for favorites of types Folder, Special and FTP when Explorer or Total Commander is the active file manager (Directory Opus users should use DOpus Layouts instead)
- when, in the "Window Options" tab, the window state is "Maximized" or "Minimized", allow to select on which monitor to open the new Explorer or Total Commander window (monitor 1 by default)
QAP windows position
- on "General" tab of the "Options" window, new option "Open Settings window on Active monitor" to open the QAP "Settings" window on the active monitor when system has more than one monitor
- detect the active monitor based on mouse or active window position
- always position other QAP windows relative to the center of the main "Settings" window or of their parent window
- remember width of the "Add/Edit/Copy/Move Favorite" window in ini file (useful when menu paths become long)
- remove tray menu command to "Restore dialog box position"
QAP icons
- new version of JLicons.dll v1.5 with new icons for the QAP app itself (regular icon, loading icon, admin icon, etc.)
- use icons QAP loading, QAP master and QAP beta from JLicons.dll instead of from the QAP temporary folder
- JLicons.dll v1.5 also includes improved "Live Folder" and "Live Folder opened" icons
Other changes and bug fixes
- in "Options", "Basic" tab, add the option "Main settings file backup folder" to select a destination folder for backups of the main settings file (quickaccesspopup.ini); backup are created only for main ini file; Shared menu settings files and Alternative settings files (open with the "Switch Settings file...") are still backuped in their own folder
- in "Live Folders" and in "Add/Edit Favorite", when resolving a Windows File Shortcut (.lnk file) that does not return a target location, keep the .lnk file name as location
- add copyright and company name, and update description in file version info of QAP executable and setup files
- add the "TryWindowPosition=1" option in quickaccesspopup.ini to show the "Add/Edit Favorite" tab "Window Options" for favorite types "Document", "Application", "URL" and "Windows Apps"; but there is no official support for these options because most applications for these favorite types block window positioning; you can try this option and... all the better if it works for some apps!
- update language files for French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Portuguese and Korean

Also, about previous releases...
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, 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.)?

Next? QAP 101: What should I know about Quick Access Popup before I start (and can't stop) using it?


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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Please use the new QAP Support Google Group to ask questions or post comments.