Often favorites for a given project or task need to be launched together. Quick Access Popup let you gather different folders, documents or application that can be launched in one click, each favorite in the group having its own settings. Folders in the group can also have a predefined window position (see: What are the advanced options for favorite folders?).
You create and manage groups as you do for submenus. Favorites can be copied or moved in and out of groups and submenus. A delay can be configured in group's advanced settings to pace the restoration of group windows.
In the QAP menu, group names are followed by the number of items in the group between quotation marks (for example: Group name «3») making groups easier to recognize in menus.
Folders in groups can be restored with Windows Explorer or, if they are configured, with the file managers Directory Opus or Total Commander. If you are using Directory Opus or Total Commander, you can set on what side (or pane) of the file manager each folder member of a group is opened. Each favorite on the same side are open in tabs from left to right in the order they appear in the group.
Here is an example. In the Settings, we see the three favorites in the group named My Group of windows: the Chrome browser (with a parameter to search "project" images), a text file named draft.txt (that will be opened with Notepad) and a folder named Project Charter (with, in the Window Options, the window position in the lower-right part of the screen).
The popup menu shows that the group My Group of windows contains three favorites.
When selected, the three windows are opened and the Windows Explorer window is position as directed in the Windows Options.
Types of favorites proposed when you click the Add button
An example menu with one favorite of each type
In your Quick Access Popup menu, you can add favorites of any of these twelve types:
- Folder: Add your most frequently used local or network directories to reach them in a snap in a Windows Explorer, a file dialog box or a custom file manager.
- Special Folder: Add Windows system folders from a list of more than 50 special folders, for example: Libraries, Recent items, Recycle Bin, Startup folder, History, Favorites, Quick Launch, Downloads, Cookies, Temporary files, etc.
- Document: Insert your day-to-day documents in you menu and launch them in their native application from any window.
- Application: Add your favorite applications and get full control on their execution (with command line parameters and working directory).
- Link (URL): Add your preferred web pages and open them in your default browser at any time or in a specific browser if specified in advanced settings.
- FTP Site: Open FTP sites in Explorer, Directory Opus or Total Commander, with login name and password inserted in site address (take note that the password is not encrypted, is saved in the settings file and sent on Internet in clear text - be cautious if your password protects sensitive data!).
- Snippet: Insert sequences of characters that can be typed in a flash when you need to insert them in any application (snippets help).
- QAP Feature: Insert Quick Access Popup features like Switch, Reopen a Folder, Drives, Add This Folder or Link, etc. in any submenu and assign them the shortcuts and icons of you choice.
- Submenu: Gather related favorites in a submenu; submenus can be nested at will and each of them can be assigned shortcuts or icons.
- Shared Menu: Manage the content of a submenu in an external file that can be saved on a network drive or a shared folder (like Dropbox) and used on different PCs. Shared menu can be used in three flavors:
- Personal shared menu;
- Collaborative shared menu for team or workgroup;
- Centralized shared menu.
- See shared menus help.
- Group: Launch a group of favorites of any type in one click or one shortcut; the menu label shows the number of items in the group.
- Text Separator: Insert a text menu separator at the current menu position.
To add these types of favorites, see How do I add a favorite to my menu?
In this tip, you will make two favorites work together inside a group. When a group of favorites is selected in the menu, its favorites are launched sequentially. In this example, the first favorite will launch you preferred browser and the second one will paste the content of your clipboard to launch a Google search. This tip will also show you how to assign a keyboard shortcut to a group.
Note: In a (near) future version, QAP will allow to put the content of the Clipboard as a parameter for Application favorites. This will make this tip irrelevant. But, until then, it will be useful and shows you how a group and a little macro snippet can increase the possibilities of QAP.