How do I add a favorite to my menu?

Thre are several ways to add favorites to your menu. But the most common one is to open the Settings window and, in the Add Favorite Type dialog box, select the type of favorite. For each favorite type, you see a short description on the right side. See this quick overview of favorite types.

In the remaining of this answer, we will see the most common options, available for all favorite types, using the Folder example. Select Folder and click Continue.

In the first tab Basic Settings, enter the short name for your favorite. This name will appear in your menu. In the next field, select the target of your favorite. This field will vary depending on the favorite type. In this case, click Browse to select the favorite folder.

f whenever you want to temporarily remove this item from your menu without deleting it, click the Hide this favorite in menu checkbox.

In the Menu Options tab, choose in which section of your menu the new favorite will appear. In the first drop down list Favorite parent menu, select the Main menu or one of its submenus (more about submenu).

After you selected the parent menu, set the position of the new favorite in this part of your menu in the drop down list Insert the favorite before this item.

Next, select the icon for your favorite. By default QAP choose a default icon based on the favorite type or, for applications and their documents, the system default icon for this application. In the Windows dialog box Change icon (or Changer d'icône in my French version of Windows), select an icon in the current file or browse for another icon file. You can find icons in .EXE, .DLL and .ICO files (more about icons).

Finally, in the Menu Options tab, you can set a keyboard or mouse shortcut for your most frequently used favorites. This will allow to open these folders without having to open and browse the menu. Beside the Shortcut field, click Change. In the Change shortcut dialog box, select the keyboard modifiers (Shift, Alt, etc.) and the mouse button or key of your shortcut (more about shortcuts). Click OK to save your shortcut. Alternatively, in the field below, you can also assign an hotstring to launch your favorite (more about hotstrings).

There are other options in the remaining tabs but these options will be covered in the FAQ pages dedicated to adding the various types of favorites. To save your new favorite, click the Add button and do not forget to save your settings by clicking one of the big buttons Save & Close or Save & Reload in the Settings window.

See your new favorite in your menu. In this example, we added the favorite:

  • to the My Project Submenu submenu
  • before the Project Charter item
  • with a calendar and clock icon
  • and the shortcut Shift + Control + P

See also more options when adding:

What are the advanced options for favorite folders?

Three tabs of the Add/Edit Favorite Folder dialog box give more advanced options for favorite folders.

Live Folders

In the Live Folder Options, you can turn your favorite folder menu item into a submenu containing the actual content of the folder. Set the Number of subfolder levels to include in Live Folder menu. Subfolders will be displayed as submenus. Choose a sort criteria and sort order. By default, Live Folders are sorted alphabetically. If your Live Folder contains many items, you can display its menu in multiple columns. Set the Number of items per columns (0 for no column break) depending on your screen size.

Finally you can also include documents in your Live Folder. If you check the Include documents option, by default, all documents are included. You can select which files are included or excluded using the Include or Exclude radio buttons and the text box below to list file extensions to include or exclude (separated by spaces).

Note: Take care not to overload your QAP menu with Live Folders. Windows menu are not designed to handle very large number of items. There is a default limit of 500 items in QAP Live Folders. This limit is there to protect you against too large number of items that could make QAP unstable, including hanging it. You should see Live folders as a way to put the most used big branches of your file system into your QAP menu and use your file manager or the file dialog box to navigate into the smaller branches and leaves.

You can see on the right side of the following screen capture the Live Folder submenu created in this example. The My Project Folder now opens a submenu with, at the first position, an entry to open the folder itself and, below, the three subfolders in that folder. This Live Folder menu can be open using the shortcut Shift + Control + P. More about Live Folders here.

This second example creates a submenu with the documents in the Work folder. In the Settings window (on the left) Live folders are indicated by exclamation marks. At the top of the Live Folder submenu, the first item allows to open the Live Folder itself.

Window options

In the Windows Options tab, you can set where the Explorer window will be displayed. First, uncheck the Use default window position checkbox. Then, decide if you want to display the favorite folder in a maximized, minimized or normal Explorer window. If you choose normal, you can decide at what position and what size this window will be displayed.

These window options are only available for the favorite types open with Windows Explorer (Folders and FTP site). For most other applications and documents, moving and resizing the window proved to be unreliable.

Launch with another application

Normally, favorite folders are open in Windows Explorer (or Directory Opus / Total Commander if you selected one of these file managers in Options). In the Advanced Settings tab, you can tell QAP to launch the folder with another application. The designated application will be launched with the favorite folder path as parameter. This option is also available for Document, Special folders, URL and FTP favorites.

In the following example, the folder will be launched by the following batch file (saved here as C:\Users\Standard\my_batch.bat) :

c:
cd \
echo List files in %1
dir %1
pause

When launched with QAP, this folder path is passed to the target application (here, my_batch.bat) as the first command-line parameter. See the result of the execution of this batch.

Parameters

The Parameters option in the Advanced Settings tab will be covered in the FAQ page dedicated to FTP favorites.

How do I add favorite document to my menu?

To add a document to your menu, in the Basic Settings tab, click the Browse button to choose the document in the file dialog box. If the Short name for the menu is empty, it is automatically filled with the file name of the selected document (without its extension).

In the Menu Options tab, the icon is automatically set with the system default icon for this type of document (based on the document's file extension). You can customize this icon. As for other favorites, you can also select the submenu, position in the menu, shortcut or hotstring for this favorite document.

When you click a document favorite in the menu, it is automatically launched with its associated application (based on its file extension). In the Advanced Settings tab, you could choose to launch the document with another application. In the following example, the document would be open with a application named "Translate".

 

How do I add favorite link (URL) to my menu?

To add a web link to your menu, in the Basic Settings tab, enter the address in the Link (URL) text zone. After you filled the address, you can click the Get title button to retrieve the page title from the web (some site may not return the title). Of course, you can also enter a short name of your choice.

Other settings in the Menu Options and Advanced Settings are similar to those described in the other Add Favorite FAQ pages.

How do I add favorite FTP site to my menu?

An FTP favorite allows you to open a file transfer session between an FTP server and your local file system using, depending on your configuration, your default browser, Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer.

In the Basic Settings, enter the Short name for the menu and the FTP Site URL . If you enter only this information, you will be asked for a login name and password each time you launch the favorite.

You can enter the Login name that will be sent automatically to the server in the format ftp://username@ftp.myserver.com. In this case, you will be asked only for the password.

Finally, you can enter both Login name and Password that will be sent automatically to the server in the format ftp://username:password@ftp.myserver.com. Then you will be logged automatically without any prompt. However, take note the password is NOT encrypted when sent over the Internet or saved in your settings file. Do not enter your password if your data is sensitive.

When sent to the server, the login name and password can be encoded or sent plain. With most browser and file manager, it is recommended to encoded it. In some case, like when using the file manager Total Commander, it should be sent as plain text. By default, the info is sent encoded except if QAP is configured to use Total Commander as default file manager. If whenever you receive an error message like the one below, you can try changing the encoding setting in the Advanced Settings tab.

Take note that "encoded" is not "encrypted". Remember that the password is NOT encrypted.

In the Advanced Settings, you can also choose your own FTP client software. Browse for its executable file in the Launch with this application text zone. You can also send parameter to the FTP client using the Parameters field.

In this example, the software FileZilla is used to open the FTP server and is instructed to open the c:/temp folder as local folder (as shown below).

Can I add a favorite by right-clicking its icon in Windows Explorer?

You can use Windows Explorer context menu (right-click menu) to add favorites of any of these three types: folders, documents and applications. In the following example, the user right-clicked the Project Calendar Excel file. The context menu Add File to Quick Access Popup menu will create a favorite for this document.

Quick Access Popup will automatically detect if the selected file is a folder, a document or an application and will create a favorite of the correct type.

Explorer context menus are also available in Total Commander or Directory Opus.

Fore more details, read the page Explorer Context Menus Help.

Can I copy a favorite with all its settings?

Yes. In the Settings window, you can copy favorites of types Folder, Document, Application, Special Folder, Link, FTP and QAP Feature. The Menus and Groups cannot be copied.

To copy a favorite, select it and click the Copy button or hit Control-C. Rename the new favorite or select another submenu using the Menu Options tab.

Starting with v8.6, you can copy multiple favorites in one click. Select the favorites with Shift-Click or Ctrl-Click, click the Copy button and select the destination menu (you cannot copy multiple favorites in their original menu).

 

[Wishlist] List of favorites from an external/shared settings files

From Helge:

"This wish is going into a more advanced usage direction: It would be nice to have the opportunity to reference external menu configuration files from the QAP settings files. Like this it would be possible to include e.g. a specific submenu folder / file structure which is being dynamically generated externally based e.g. on an XML file database, a database server or any other source from which an external tool would generate a configuration text file meeting the syntax of QAP menu configuration settings. By referencing a file isolated from the main QAP menu settings file there wouldn’t be the risk of conflicts with the QAP GUI settings dialog."