Can I backup, import or export my favorites and settings?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

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.

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:

  1. Click the Export or Import buttons.
  2. 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
  3. Choose to import or export any or all of these settings groups: favorites, hotkeys, alternative menu hotkeys, global settings and themes.
  4. Click the Export or Import button.
  5. Alerts will inform you if existing settings are to be overwritten in the destination file and a report will summarize the completed actions.

Export Tips

  • 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.

Import Tips

  • 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?.

On two PCs with a cloud drive (like Dropbox), can I save my QAP settings on this cloud drive?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

No, this is not recommended. But there is a better solution.

If you save your settings file (quickaccesspopup.ini) on a cloud drive, you could face synchronisation issues. Let's figure this scenario: 1) you edit your settings on system A but do not save them yet (leaving the Settings window open), 2) then edit your settings on the computer B and save them; 3) finally, back to computer A, you find the Settings window open and Save and Close it. Doing that, you overwrite the changes done on system B and, at best, your cloud drive will show two conflicting versions of your settings file. And there may be other scenarios like this one.

It is a better option to use a Shared menu of type Personal. Then, QAP will monitor changes on the two (or more) computers and will alert you if you have changes on one computer that are not saved on another system.

You can insert your shared menu at the top level of your QAP menu to access it easily. You can also assign a specific keyboard shortcut or mouse button to this menu. Finally, see how user variables can help you if your cloud drive is saved on different root locations on your systems.

More info on shared menus here: Can a submenu be shared on different PCs or by different users?

Can I move my configuration from one PC to another?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

Yes. First install QAP on the new PC and copy/replace the newly created quickaccesspopup.ini file with the one copied from your previous PC. The quickaccesspopup.ini file can be found in the QAP working directory.

All your favorites, hotkeys and preferences from the Options will be preserved. Of course, only favorite folders, documents or applications with the same location on the new PC or having portable locations will work. Also, most Special folders favorites will work as-is on the new PC. For Special folder favorites that do not work, delete them and add them again using the Add Favorite button.

However, if you are moving from a portable installation to an "easy setup" installation (or vice-versa), you should read this: Can I change from/to "easy setup" and "portable installation" without loosing my favorites?

 

Can I change from/to "easy setup" and "portable installation" without loosing my favorites?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

You can switch from Portable to Easy setup installation or vice-versa without loosing your favorites. But it is recommended to follow this short procedure.

1 a) Switching from Portable to Easy Setup installation

  1. Copy your latest settings file from your current QAP working directory to your Desktop (or any other location of your choice). Your working directory is where your portable QAP is installed.
  2. Reinstall QAP following Easy Setup wizard steps.
  3. At the end of the installation procedure, QAP is launched with the default configuration for an Easy Setup installation. Continue with steps under 2) Importing the favorites from your previous installation below.

1 b) Switching from Easy Setup to Portable installation

  1. Copy your latest settings file from your current QAP working directory to your Desktop (or any other location of your choice). For QAP before v10, your working directory is under the User directory (for example, C:\Users\Jean\AppData\Roaming\Quick Access Popup). For QAP v10 (or more recent), the working directory is shown in the Options, General tab under Settings Folder.
  2. Unzip the QAP portable ZIP file in a new (empty) folder following these instructions. Do not install it in a system-protected folders like those under C:\Program Files or C:\. This could prevent QAP from saving your configuration.
  3. Launch QAP from this folder (choose the QuickAccessPopup-32-bit.exe or QuickAccessPopup-64-bit.exe version depending on your system).
  4. QAP is launched with default configuration for a Portable installation. Continue with steps under 2) Importing the favorites from your previous installation below.

2) Importing the favorites from your previous installation

  1. For QAP before v10, right-click the QAP icon in the Notification zone and select Settings file options... and, in the submenu, Import/Export Settings. For QAP v10 (or more recent), select File, Import/Export Settings
  2. In the Import/Export Settings dialog box, click the Import option.
  3. Click the Browse button to select the backup of your previous settings file on your Desktop.
  4. Uncheck Global Settings and main menu hotkeys. This is recommended because some settings are specific to Easy Setup or Portable installation and should not be replaced.
  5. Click Import. Confirm that you want to replace the favorites and settings in the default menu created when you first launched QAP.
  6. After QAP is relaunched with its new installation, take a minute to reselect your global preferences in the Options dialog box.

Differences between Easy Setup and Portable settings

There are very little differences in the way QAP works whatever you select the Setup mode or the Portable mode. In general, setting up QAP in Setup mode is simpler and answers most needs. The Portable mode give user more control and allows to use QAP on a machine having to copy files on it or change the hosts system configuration.

The QAP files are installed...

  • Setup mode: ... using the setup program who is copying the QAP files under the C:\Programs File\Quick Access Popup\ folder, the QAP icons files in C:\ProgramData\JeanLalonde\JLicons.dll and the setting and database files in C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Quick Access Popup\ (for QAP pre-v10) or in My Documents\Quick Access Popup (for QAP v10).
  • Portable mode: ... by the user who is unzipping the QAP zip file to the folder of his choice, including the icons, settings and database files.

When QAP is running...

  • Setup mode: ... its working directory is C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Quick Access Popup\ (for QAP pre-v10) or in My Documents\Quick Access Popup (for QAP v10). Temporary files are saved under this folder unless user selected another folder in Options.
  • Portable mode: ... its working directory is the folder where QAP is running. Temporary files are saved under this folder unless user selected another folder in Options.

The QAP is uninstalled and its files are removed...

  • Setup mode: ... using the standard uninstall command in Windows Control Panel or in Quick Access Popup menu under Start menu; this command remove all files under Programs but keep the settings files in its working directory.
  • Portable mode: ... by the user who must manually delete the folder created to run QAP, taking care of keeping a copy of the settings file quickaccesspopup.ini if necessary.

The QAP shortcut in the Startup folder...

  • Setup mode: ... is created automatically for you if you use for pre-v10 (QAP v10 or more recent uses an entry in the Windows registry to run QAP at startup).
  • Portable mode: ... must be created by the user by selecting the checkbox in Options.
  • See: What are the QAP global options?

The QAP entries in the Windows Explorer context menu...

The Check for update command...

The Usage Monitoring module (starting in v9.2)...

  • Setup mode: ... is set ON by default.
  • Portable mode: ... is set OFF by default and can be enabled in Options.

 

Can I set the QAP settings file location from the command line or a file shortcut?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

You can set the settings file location from command-line using the parameter "/Settings:", for example:

"C:\Program Files\Quick Access Popup\QuickAccessPopup.exe" "/Settings:C:\Users\UserName\Documents\Quick Access Popup\My Settings.ini"

Use separate double-quotes for application file and for parameter if the location includes one or more spaces.

If you create a file shortcut (.lnk file) for QAP, insert the command in the Target field.

The Settings file location can include environment variable (like %userprofile%) and supports relative paths based on the QAP working directory. See Can I use system environment variables in favorite paths? and Can I use relative paths in favorite settings?

Note 1: If you only need to change the QAP settings file temporarily, see: Can I load QAP with an alternative settings file?

Note 2: Changing the QAP settings file location does not change the QAP Settings Folder (aka Working Directory). Other settings files (like QAP_Frequent.DB) will still be read or updated in the active Settings folder. See how to change the Settings Folder if you want this change to be persistent for your future use of QAP.

Can I load QAP with an alternative settings file?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

To load an alternative settings (.ini) file, select in the menu bar File, Switch Settings file. Choose the alternative file and confirm that you want to reload QAP with these new settings.

When the new settings file is loaded, the Edit QuickAccessPopup.ini entry in the system menu is changed with the name of the alternative file.

If you wish to revert to the default settings file QuickAccessPopup.ini, in the menu bar, select File, Switch to default settings file.

If you prefer to control QAP startup with your own Windows file shortcut (.lnk file), see: Can I set the QAP settings file location from the command line or file shortcut?

If you installed QAP in Portable mode (with the .ZIP file) and enabled the Run at Startup option, the alternative settings file name is saved in the Startup shortcut used to launch QAP at Windows startup. When you reload Windows, QAP is loaded with the alternative settings. However, if you load QAP using the Start menu or command line, the default settings file QuickAccessPopup.ini is loaded.

If you installed QAP in Easy Setup mode (with the .EXE file), QAP is always launched with the default settings file.

Note: Loading an alternative QAP settings file location does not change the QAP Settings Folder (aka Working Directory). Other settings files (like QAP_Frequent.DB) will still be read or updated in the active Settings folder. See how to change the Settings Folder if you want this change to be persistent for your future use of QAP.

How can I edit the file QuickAccessPopup.ini?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

Normally, the QAP settings can be modified using the QAP Settings and Options windows and you don't need to edit the .ini file containing your favorites and your preferred configuration.

For some specific operation, you may need to edit this file named QuickAccessPopup.ini that can be found in the QAP working directory. You can open this file using any text editor. But the easiest way to open the settings file is to use select the File, Edit QuickAccessPopup.ini in the QAP menu bar.

The file will be open in your default text editor for ini files (Notepad if you did not change it in Windows).

For more information about the settings file, see What is the structure of QAP settings (ini) file? and What are the values in the QAP settings (ini) file?.

 

What is the structure of QAP settings (ini) file?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

The following information is for advanced users who need to change the QAP settings by editing the QuickAccessPopup.ini file saved in the QAP working directory. See also How can I edit the file QuickAccessPopup.ini?

The ini file format described in this page also applies to shared menus, exported settings file and to import settings files. See also What are the values in the QAP settings (ini) file? for detailed reference info.

Regular users should not be required to edit these files except in rare situations described in the FAQ or in the Support page.

[Global] Section

This section contains settings managed in the Options dialog box or managed internally by QAP.

[Global]
LanguageCode=EN
NavigateOrLaunchHotkeyMouse=MButton
NavigateOrLaunchHotkeyKeyboard=#w
PowerHotkeyMouseDefault=+MButton
PowerHotkeyKeyboardDefault=+#A
Check4Update=1
DisplayIcons=1
DisplayMenuShortcuts=0
IconSize=32
...

See the description of these QuickAccessPopup.ini variables.

See also the special [Global] values for Shared menus below.

[Favorites] Section

This section contains the favorites found in your QAP menu. It starts with the first item in your main menu ("Favorite1=...") and ends with a line with a favorite of type "Z" ("Favorite7=Z" in the following example). When a submenu is added to your menu, it starts with a line of type "Menu" and ends with a line of type "Z" ("Favorite5=Z" below) and it continues with the content of the previous menu. Submenus can be nested at will. FavoriteN numbers must be consecutive. Menu loading stops at first missing N.

For example:

[Favorites]
Favorite1=Folder|Name of folder in main menu|...
Favorite2=Document|Name of document in main menu|...
Favorite3=Menu|Submenu name|...
Favorite4=Folder|Name of folder in submenu|...
Favorite5=Z
Favorite6=Folder|Name of next folder in main menu|...
Favorite7=Z

Format of each line:

[Favorites]
FavoriteN=FavoriteType|FavoriteName|FavoriteLocation|FavoriteIconResource|FavoriteArguments|FavoriteAppWorkingDir|FavoriteWindowPosition|FavoriteLaunchWith|FavoriteLoginName|FavoritePassword|FavoriteGroupSettings

FavoriteN= where N is a number starting at 1. One favorite line contains infos delimited by | (pipe), real pipes in values being replaced with the sequence "Сþ€" in ini file for all values except fields 1, 7 and 8.

Favorite fields order and names:
1 FavoriteType
2 FavoriteName
3 FavoriteLocation
4 FavoriteIconResource
5 FavoriteArguments
6 FavoriteAppWorkingDir
7 FavoriteWindowPosition
8 FavoriteLaunchWith
9 FavoriteLoginName
10 FavoritePassword
11 FavoriteGroupSettings
...

Example

[Favorites]
Favorite1=Folder|Windows|C:Windows|C:WindowsSystem32shell32.dll,298|||||||
Favorite2=Document|My Notes|C:Docsnotes.txt||||||||

Info on the internal data structure of each element and on special uses of some items can be found on QAP's wiki (section Favorite Object Model).

[Favorites-backup] section

Each time the favorites are saved using QAP, a [Favorites-backup] section is created with the current content of the [Favorites] section. Be careful to edit the current [Favorites] section and not its backup.

Themes settings

[Gui-Grey] and other sections starting with "Gui-" are theme descriptions. More info on themes in this page: Quick Access Popup Color Themes.

[AlternativeMenuHotkeys] section

This section contains the hotkey (shortcuts) settings managed in the Alternative Menu Hotkeys tab of the Options dialog box.

[LocationHotkeys] section (deprecated after v8.7.1.1)

Up to version v8.7.1.1, this section contained the favorites hotkey (shortcuts) settings managed in Change hotkey dialog box. You can open this dialog box in the Shortcut section of the Menu Options tab in the Add/Edit Favorite dialog box or in the the Manage Hotkeys dialog box.

From v8.7.1.93, shortcuts are saved in the [Favorites] section as parameter #20 (see object model).

Import and Export ini files

The files created when your export settings comply to the format described in this page. Files imported must also comply with this format. However, they could include any or all of these settings sections: Favorites, Hotkeys, Alternative menu hotkeys, Global settings and Themes. More info on import/export commands here: Can I backup, import or export my favorites and settings?

Shared menus

Shared menu are saved in ini files complying to the format described in this page. But they contain only a [Favorites] section as described earlier and a special [Global] section with shared menu specific variables. More information about shared menu settings file: What is the content of a shared menus settings file (for advanced users)?

What are the values in the QAP settings (ini) file?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

Normally, the QAP settings can be modified using the QAP Customize and Options windows and you don't need to edit the .ini file containing your favorites and your preferred configuration. But if, for some specific operation, you need to edit this file named QuickAccessPopup.ini, see How can I edit the file QuickAccessPopup.ini? in the FAQ. See also What is the structure of QAP settings (ini) file? for an explanation of the settings files organization.

The following list describe all variables found in the QuickAccessPopup.ini file with a reference to the FAQ page about the related feature.

This info is reserved to QAP advanced users who know what they do and do it at their own risk. QAP does not always validate the info entered directly in the settings file before using it, which could lead to unpredictable results. Handle with care...
 

NameDefaultDescriptionLien
ActiveFileManager1File manager used when opening a folder in a new window
1: WindowsExplorer
2: DirectoryOpus
3: TotalCommander
4: QAPconnect (about 50 other file managers)
Help
AddAutoAtTop1 (true)Add new favorite at the top (if true) or bottom (if false) when adding with commands "Add This Folder", "Add This Folder Express" or with QAP Explorer Context menus.Help
AddCloseToDynamicMenus1 (true)Add a close menu allowing to dismiss the QAP menu. This menu entry can be turned off if user prefer to dismiss the menu by click elsewhere (but this is known as not working 100% of times)Help
AlternativeHotkeyKeyboard+#WKeyboard hotkey to open the QAP Alternative menu ("+" stands for Shift and "#" for Windows)Help
AlternativeHotkeyMouse+MButtonMouse button to open the QAP Alternative menu ("+" stands for Shift and "MButton" for middle mouse button)Help
AlternativeMenuHotkeys(none)Section of the ini file containing hotkeys for Alternative menu commandsHelp
AlternativeMenuShowNotification1 (true)Display or not a Windows notification when using an Alternative menu commandHelp
AlternativeTrayIcon(none)File path of an image to use as a replacement for standard QAP icon in the Notification zoneHelp
AvailableThemesWindows|Grey|Light Blue|Light Green|Light Red|YellowList of themes described in this settings fileHelp
BackupFolderWorking directoryFolder where daily backups are savedHelp
ChangeFolderInDialog0 (false)Allow QAP to change folder in file dialog boxesHelp
ChangeFolderInDialogAlertRead0 (false)Confirm that user read the info about risk of trying to change folder in a "non-file" dialog boxHelp
Check4Update0 (false, for portable) / 1 (true, for setup)Allow QAP to check on QAP website if a new version is availableHelp
ClipboardMaxSize10000Maximum size (in characters) of the Windows Clipboard that can be processed when building the QAP Clipboard menuHelp
DefaultDynamicMenusBuilt0Informs QAP that the default menu "In the Works" was built (at first QAP execution with version 9.2 or more recent)Help
DefaultMenuBuilt0 (false)Informs QAP that the default menus "My QAP Esssentials" and "My Special Folders" were built (at first QAP execution)Help
DefaultWindowsAppsMenuBuilt0Informs QAP that the default menu "My Windows Apps" was built (at first QAP execution with a version supporting Windows Apps)Help
DiagMode0 (false)Enable diagnostic mode for debugging purpose (collecting data in the file QuickAccessPopup-DIAG.txt while executing specific functions)
DirectoryOpusNewTabOrWindow(none)Parameter sent to Directory Opus when opening a folder in a new window or tab ("NEW" or "NEWTAB")Help
DirectoryOpusPath(none)Path to the executable file of the file manager Directory OpusHelp
DirectoryOpusShowLayouts1 (true)Add to Directory Opus Favorites mene a submenu with the DOpus LayoutsHelp
DirectoryOpusUseTabs1 (true)Instructs QAP to open folders in a new tab (if true) or in a new instance of Directory Opus (if false)Help
DisplayIcons1 (true)Instructs QAP to display menu iconsHelp
DisplayMenuShortcuts0 (false)Instructs QAP to display menu shortcuts (numbers or letters allowing to select menu item by hitting its number or letter)Help
DisplayNumericShortcutsFromOne1 (true)When numeric shortcuts are enabled, start numbering at 1 instead of 0.Help
DisplaySettingsStartup1 (true)Display the Customize window when QAP is launchedHelp
DisplayTrayTip1 (true)Instructs QAP to display the popup in the Notification zone when menu is ready after startupHelp
ExclusionMouseList(none)List of applications or windows where the QAP main menu mouse trigger will be ignored; part of the window title or window class name, separated by vertical bar (|); if prefixed by "*", the exclusion also apply to app's dialog boxesHelp
ExplorerContextMenus1Indicate if Explorer context menu were enabled by setup program or by QAP in Options, or disabled in QAP Options. Chaging this value in setings file have no effect and should be avoided.Help
ExternalMenusCataloguePath(none)Path to the catalogue root on a shared driveHelp
ExternalMenusCataloguePathReadOnly0 (false)When set to "1" prevent user from enabling/disabling the catalogue or changing its path in the Options dialog boxHelp
GuiListviewBackgroundColor
GuiListviewTextColor
GuiWindowColor
see Helpsee HelpHelp
HotkeyReminders3Display hotkey reminders in menu in short or long format
1: Do not display
2: Display abbreviated names
3: Display full names
Help
HotkeyRemindersRightAlign
1 (true)Align the hotkey reminders to the right of menu Help
HotstringsDefaultOptionsempty (all false)Default values for new hotstrings options (0 or some of these characters): "C" Case sensitive, "?" Expand inside other words, "B0" Keep hotstring trigger (do not backspace) and "*" Do not wait for Ending keyHelp">Help
IconReplacementListempty (none)List of custom menu icons to replace replace the standard QAP icons from the JLicons.dll fileHelp">Help
IconSize32Size of icons in QAP menu, in pixelsHelp
IconsManageRows(none)Number of rows to display in the Manage Icons windowHelp
LanguageCodeENCode of the active language ("FR", "PT-BR", etc.)Help
LastExportFile(none)File of the last Export settings action, proposed as default for next exportHelp
LastExportFolder(working directory)Folder used for the last Export settings actionHelp
LastImportFolder(working directory)Folder used for the last Import settings actionHelp
LastModified(none)(Used in shared menus settings file only) Last file modification date-time of the shared menu ini file, taken from the file system and is be independent from various user's clocks or time zones. It is stored in the "yyyymmddhh24miss" formatUsed to detect if a shared menu file was modified by another user since QAP was loaded,
LastVersionUsedAlpha0.0Last alpha version used (for internal use)
LastVersionUsedBeta0.0Last beta version used (for internal use)
LastVersionUsedProd0.0Last version used (for internal use)
LatestVersionSkipped0.0Last version skipped using the Check for update command (for internal use)
LatestVersionSkippedBeta0.0Last beta version skipped using the Check for update command (for internal use)
LeftControlDoublePressed0 (false)Open the QAP main menu by pressing the Left Control key twice within 400 ms (if 1)Help
MenuName(none)(Used in shared menus settings file only) Name of a shared menu shown in various dialog boxes and used as default name when user adds the shared menu from the Shared Menus Catalogue
MenuReservedBy(none)(Used in shared menus settings file only) Windows logon name and computer name of the user currently editing the shared menu, menu is not reserved if empty
MenuType1(Used in shared menus settings file only) Type of shared menu: 1 (Personal), 2 (Collaborative) or 3 (Centralized)
NavigateOrLaunchHotkeyKeyboard#WKeyboard shortcut showing the QAP main menuHelp
NavigateOrLaunchHotkeyMouseMButtonMouse button/keyboard combination showing the QAP main menuHelp
NbLastActions10Maximum number of items in the Repeat Last Actions menuHelp
NbLiveFolderItemsMax500Maximum number of items in a menu (including submenus) for a Live Folder favoriteHelp
OpenFavoritesOnActiveMonitor0 (false)On a dual or multi-monitor system, folder open in a new Explorer windows is positioned at the center of the active monitorHelp
OpenMenuOnTaskbar1 (true)Allow the popup menu mouse hotkey to open the QAP menu when clicked over the Windows taskbarHelp
OpenSettingsOnActiveMonitor1 (true)On multi-monitor systems, open the Customize window on the active monitorHelp
PopupFixPosition20,20Coordinate where the QAP popup menu is shown (x, y) when the PopupMenuPosition is set to "At fix position" (3) or as close as possible to it; x can be greater than the first screen limit to display the menu on a second screenHelp
PopupMenuPosition1Display the popup menu near the mouse position (1), at top-left of the active window (2) or at a fix positionHelp
QAPconnectFileManager(none)Name of the selected external file manager as it appears between square brackets in the QAPconnect.ini fileHelp
QAPconnectNewTabOrWindow(none)Instructs QAP to open folders in a new tab (if true) or in a new instance of the file manager selected in the QAPconnect list (if false)Help
QAPconnectPath(none)Path to the executable file of the file manager selected in the QAPconnect listHelp
QAPTempFolder%TEMP% or QAP working directoryLocation of the temporary folder where the QAP working files are savedHelp
RecentFoldersMax10Number of items to show in the Recent Folders menuHelp
RefreshedMenusAttached1 (true)Attach dynamic menus (like Clipboard, Current Windows, Reopen a Folder, Drives, etc.) to the QAP main menu; if false, this menu is open detached from the main menuHelp
RefreshQAPMenuDebugBeep0 (false)Beep after a scheduled menu refresh (used to calculate refresh time)Help
RefreshQAPMenuIntervalSec0 (disabled); enabled between 30 and 86400 seconds (24 hours)Interval in seconds between each background refresh of Live Folders and Shared MenusHelp
RefreshWindowsAppsListAtStartup0 (false)Refresh the list of Windows Apps each time QAP is launchedHelp
RememberSettingsPosition1 (true)Remember the QAP Settings position when QAP is closed open the Settings at this location at next launchHelp
RetrieveIconInFrequentMenus
1 (true)Retrieve icons when refreshing Frequent folders and Frequent files menus (avoid if some files are often offline)Help
RightControlDoublePressed0 (false)Open the QAP main menu by pressing the Right Control key twice within 400 ms (if 1)Help
RunAsAdminfalseLaunch QAP with administrative privileges (from v8.7.1)Help
SendToConsoleWithAlt1 (true)Use ASCII codes (ALT+0nnn) when changing folder in Windows Command Line (CMD) for better compatibility for users of international Windows versions (else send characters in raw mode)Help
SettingsPosition-1 (center at minimal size)Position where Settings window will be displayed if RememberSettingsPosition option is 1 (true); X,Y,W,H (left, top, width and height)Help
ShowQAPmenu3 (both)Show QAP menu (File, Favorite, etc.) 1) at the top of the Customize window, 2) in the System menu (Notification zone) or 3) in both locationsHelp
SnippetDefaultFixedFont0 (false)Default display font type for new snippetsHelp
SnippetDefaultFontSize10Default display font size for new snippetsHelp
SnippetDefaultMacro0 (false)Default hotstring type for new snippetsHelp
SnippetDefaultProcessEOLTab
1 (true)Default end-of-line encoding for new snippetsHelp
SponsorName(empty)Name of sponsorHelp
Startups1Number of startups since the ini file was created (for internal use)
SwitchExclusionList(none)List of windows to be excluded from the Current Windows menuHelp
SwitchSettingsFolder(working directory)Folder of the last switched settings file, used as default for next switch actionHelp
ThemeWindowsCurrent theme used for Settings, various dialog boxes and popup menu colors, one of the themes in AvailableThemesHelp
TotalCommanderNewTabOrWindow(none)Parameter sent to Total Commander when opening a folder in a new window or tab ("/O /T" or "/N")Help
TotalCommanderPath(none)Path to the executable file of the file manager Total CommanderHelp
TotalCommanderUseTabs1 (true)Instructs QAP to open folders in a new tab (if true) or in a new instance of Total Commander (if false)Help
TotalCommanderWinCmd(none)Path to the Total Commander settings fileHelp
UsageDbDaysInPopular30Number of days to take into account in Frequent Items menusHelp
UsageDbIntervalSeconds60Collection and refresh interval (in seconds) of items in the Windows Recent Items folderHelp
UsageDbMaximumSize3Maximum size of the database (in MB)Help
UsageDbShowPopularityIndex0 (false)Show frequency index in Customize window and in menusHelp
UserVariablesListpopulated at first launch with cloud services folders found on the system (or none)List of user variables that can be inserted as placeholders in favorites location and various other propertiesHelp
WaitDelayInDialogBox100Delay (in milliseconds) inserted at various steps of the process of changing folder in dialog boxesHelp
WaitDelayInSnippet40|80|180Three delays inserted at various steps of snippets execution (in milliseconds)Help

Why converting the settings file to Unicode?

This page has been updated for Quick Access Popup v10.

From its beginning, Quick Access Popup is built with an Unicode architecture. This allows QAP to handle any type of characters and to be translated to any language.

However, last summer, thanks to a bug report from a Turkish user, I realized that the QuickAccessPopup.ini settings file was created using the ANSI encoding instead of Unicode. In his example, he found that a favorite folder including an "i without dot" like "D:\Yazılar\" was saved to the settings file as "D:\Yazilar\" with a dot on the "i". The favorite was working well just after he created it. But as soon as the favorite was saved to settings and reloaded, the "ı" was converted to an "i" with a dot, making his favorite unusable.

"What makes Unicode so beneficial? Arguably that it, in essence, enables any character, letter or symbol to be represented using one single standard."

To know more about Unicode, read this very good post: Unicode 101: An Introduction to the Unicode Standard. For a more technical reference, see this Wikipedia page.

QAP users are coming from everywhere around the world and Unicode encoding offers better support for international languages. This is why, starting with QAP v8.6, at startup, QAP prompts users of previous versions to convert the QuickAccessPopup.ini file to Unicode. This dialog box will be shown to the user only one time, and only if the QAP settings file is encoded with ANSI.

User can click:

  • Yes convert to Unicode to do the conversion;
  • No keep ANSI to keep its actual file encoding (a flag is added to the settings file to remember not to prompt the user again with this dialog box);
  • Ask me next time to prompt the user again at next QAP launch.

The only reason for choosing No would be if you encounter an issue after the conversion. From my tests, errors would occur only if you did some unusual manipulations of your settings file (see note 2). For the majority of users, the conversion should be done seamlessly.

If, after the Unicode conversion, you wish or need to return to the ANSI format, here is how to revert the conversion and return to the previous version:

  1. Make sure QAP is closed
  2. Go to the QAP working directory.
  3. Delete or rename the converted QuickAccessPopup.ini file.
  4. Rename QuickAccessPopup.ini-ANSI-BK to QuickAccessPopup.ini.
  5. Restart QAP and select No keep ANSI encoding.

Note: If your settings file was saved at some point using the UTF-8 No BOM encoding, this could cause issues (because this type of encoding cannot be distinguished from the ANSI encoding). But in normal use, Windows settings files (.ini) are always saved as ANSI or Unicode UTF-16 (Big Endian).