Quick Access Popup is launched automatically when you start Windows because a shortcut has been added to the Windows Startup folder when it was installed (see note below for users who choose portable install). This option can be changed in one of these ways.
Right-click the QAP icon in the Notification Area (System Tray) menu to open the QAP system menu and select/deselect Run at Startup.
In the Settings dialog box, click the Options button to open the Options dialog box and check/uncheck the Run at Startup option in General tab.
When you install a the new version of QAP, the shortcut in your Startup folder is automatically updated to launch the new version, if automatic startup is enabled.
Note for users who choose portable install: In order to not interfere with the host systems where you could run QAP in portable mode, this option is not turned on by default. But you could choose to turn it on on your permanent installations.
Yes, the main QAP triggers (middle mouse button or Windows+W) can change folders in all software that use the standard Windows file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.). Most software do.
However, this feature must be enabled in Options (first tab General, first option of left column).
If you enable this option, you understand that this feature is reserved to "file dialog boxes" (Open, Save As, etc.). If you use it in other types of dialog box, for example a Preferences dialog box, trying to change folder in this dialog box could modify and save values in the dialog box without any notification (see a more technical explanations below).
In order to enable Change folders in dialog box, you must confirm in the QAP Options that you understand the consequence of misusing the change folder feature in "non-file dialog boxes" and that you will only use it the proper dialog boxes.
Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box
Talking about dialog boxes, a feature introduced in QAP v8.5 called Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box under the submenu My QAP Essentials can accelerate your work in file dialog boxes by taking you instantly to the folder you use in Windows Explorer. See this video demo.
If the Change folders in dialog box is enabled and you select a Folder favorite while the mouse cursor is over a dialog box (or when a dialog box is the active window if you use the keyboard hotkey), QAP sends commands to change the current folder in this dialog box. If the dialog box is not an Open or Save As dialog box, if it is an Options dialog box instead, for example, QAP cannot detect it (because all dialog boxes have the same class name "#32770", regardless of the dialog box task) and QAP will act as if it was a file dialog box.
To change folder, QAP tries to change the content of a text field of the dialog box named internally "Edit1" or "Edit2" (in a file dialog box, this field is usually labeled File name). If it succeeds, QAP sends "Enter" to press the OK button of the dialog box. In a file dialog box, it changes the current folder in the dialog box. Then, QAP restores the initial content of the Filename field and stops, letting the user continue his work.
If the dialog box is not a file dialog box but contains an "Edit1" or "Edit2" (I've seen this situation only once but I have no stats on this), there is a risk to see the text field changed and the "Enter" sent to the OK to the dialog box, saving the changed content without the user consent. I never heard of a case where it really happened, but the risk exist in theory.
The Recent folders and Recent files menus list the recent places or documents memorized by Windows. An option in the Menu tab of the Options window determines the number of items displayed in these menus (default is 10).
Quick Access Popup Recent folders and Recent files are taken from the Windows virtual folder Recent items (C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent or, using the appdata variable, %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent).
This Windows system folder lists the files and folders recently accessed by the user. The Recent Folders menu includes only folder items from this list and the Recent Files includes the rest of it.
Windows is also using this list to populate the Recent Places virtual folder found in Explorer left pane. Recent items are also used to populate the Microsoft applications Jump Lists.
What I call the "close menu issue" is an intermittent issue (probably caused by Windows) preventing users from closing the QAP popup menu by clicking outside of the menu or by hitting the Escape key as they would do normally. As a result, users have to click an item to close the menu. This is annoying when a user open the menu but changes its mind and does not want to launch any favorite.
This issue occurs intermittently under Windows 7 and Windows 10 (probably also with 8/8.1). Some user are facing it frequently. Other, like me (on both Win 7 and 10), see it only occasionally. There are probably others that never see it.
I tried various methods to get around this issue but, in the end, the changes I made in my code had side-effects worst than the initial issue. For this reason, I added the option Add "Close" to menus (in the Options window, second tab, right column). If this option is turned on (checked), the Close this menu entry is automatically added to the main QAP popup menu, to the Alternative menu and to all dynamic menus. This option is turned on by default.
What if you never encounter this issue?
If you are always able to close the QAP popup menu bu clicking outside of the menu or by hitting the Escape key, you can save the space taken by the Close this menu entries. Go to Options and, in the second tab, deselect the Add "Close" to menu check box.