Can I backup, import or export my favorites and settings?
First, about backups, QAP is automatically copying daily backups of your main settings file (quickaccesspopup.ini) and keep the backups for the last 5 days in the backup folder selected in the Options, General tab.
If you need more flexibility, the Import/Export Settings QAP feature can be uses for two reasons:
- create a backup of your favorites and other settings in a file that you can save where you want;
- exchange favorites and settings between different PCs or different users.
Note: before QAP v10.3.2, the import/export feature had an undocumented size limitation. This was an issue if the size of the [Favorites] section of you settings file was larger than 65,532 characters. This is why, for safety, it is mandatory to update QAP to v10.3.2 (or more recent) before using the Import/Export Settings commands.
To open the Import/Export Settings dialog box, select File, Import/Export Settings in the menu bar. If you use this command often, you can also add the Import/Export Settings command to your QAP menu by adding a QAP Feature.
In the Import/Export Settings dialog box:
- Click the Export or Import buttons.
- Choose the Source file to import or the Destination file that will be created (if it does not exist) to store your exported data. The last source and destination files are remembered and displayed as default
- Choose to import or export any or all of these settings groups: favorites, hotkeys, alternative menu hotkeys, global settings and themes.
- Click the Export or Import button.
- Alerts will inform you if existing settings are to be overwritten in the destination file and a report will summarize the completed actions.
- Starting with v8.1.1, when exporting settings, you can use the following placeholders in the file name, allowing you to save different export files without having to give new file names:
- %A_Now% will be translated to the current local date-time of your computer and
- %A_NowUTC% to the current Coordinated Universal Time (still based on you computer time),
- using YYYYMMDDHH24MISS format,
- for example, as I write this, the file name my-export-%A_Now%.ini would be converted to my-export-20170228193600.ini.
- When importing favorites, you can choose to:
- replace ALL the favorites currently in your QuickAccessPopup.ini file
- or append the favorite to the existing one.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: If you choose to append favorites, make sure that there are no duplicates names in the favorites (or submenus) in your existing Main menu and in the favorites in your imported Main menu. Currently, QAP does not check for name duplicates and if a name conflict occurs, your menu could become offset depending on the position (and number) of duplicates.
- To import settings, the source file content must comply with QuickAccessPopup.ini structure. More info about ini file anatomy here: What is the structure of QAP settings (ini) file?.