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: