What are the Alternative menu features?

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Alternative menu features are actions to be executed on one of the favorites in your QAP menu. After you click one of the options in the Alternative menu, the full QAP menu is displayed to let you choose on what favorite you want to execute the Alternative menu command.

Alternative  menu triggers (the mouse default trigger is Shift + Middle Mouse Button and the keyboard default trigger is Shift + Windows + W).

  • These triggers show the Alternative menu over any windows.
  • In the Alternative menu, you select the actions to apply to one of your favorites (see the list of Alternative menu features below).
  • Then, in your QAP menu, select the target favorite on which the Alternative menu feature will be executed.

Alternative menu features

The Alternative menu offers the following features:

  • Open in new window: open the favorite in a new window instead of changing the folder in the target window (even if the menu is opened in an existing Explorer window or in a file dialog box).
  • Edit a Favorite: change a favorite settings directly from the QAP menu (without having to open the Customize window).
  • Copy a Favorite's Path or URL: copy the file path or the URL of a favorite to your clipboard in order to paste it in any other window.
  • Run as administrator: run the application with administrator access (elevated privileges).
  • Open the Containing Folder in the Current Window: open, in the current Explorer window, the parent folder of the selected favorite document, application or folder.
  • Open the Containing Folder in a New Window: open the parent folder of the selected favorite in a new window (even if the menu is opened in an existing Explorer window or in a file dialog box).

Alternative menu features are also available directly from the regular menu by using various keyboard modifiers when clicking a favorite in the popup menu (see also: Can I launch Alternative menu features directly from the regular popup menu?). By default these keyboard modifiers are available:

  • Left Shift + Click:  Open in new window.
  • Left Control + Click: Copy a Favorite's Path or URL.
  • Left Shift + Left Control + Click: Edit a Favorite.
  • Right Shift + Click:  Open the Containing Folder in the Current Window.
  • Right Control + Click: Open the Containing Folder in a New Window.
  • Right Shift + Right Control + Click: Run as administrator.

 

Can I launch Alternative menu features keyboard shortcuts or directly from the regular popup menu?

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Here is a quick way to launch Alternative Menu Features.

Normally, you open the Alternative menu using the Shift + Middle Mouse Button or Shift + Windows + W triggers. But you could also assign keyboard shortcuts to open the menu for a specific Alternative menu task.

For example, to edit a favorite without having to open the Customize window, you could assign the Shift + Ctrl + E shortcut to the Edit a Favorite Alternative menu feature (see how below) and use this shortcut to show your main QAP menu where you could select which favorite you want to edit.

Alternative menu features are also available directly from the regular menu by using keyboard modifiers when clicking a favorite in the popup menu. These keyboards modifiers are by default :

  • Left Shift + Click:  Open in new window.
  • Left Control + Click: Copy a Favorite's Path or URL.
  • Left Shift + Left Control + Click: Edit a Favorite.
  • Right Shift + Click:  Open the Containing Folder in the Current Window.
  • Right Control + Click: Open the Containing Folder in a New Window.
  • Right Shift + Right Control + Click: Run as administrator.

To continue our previous example where you want to edit a favorite, you could open the your QAP menu using the regular shortcut (by default Middle Mouse Button) and before clicking the favorite to edit, keep the Left Shift and Left Control keys pressed while clicking the favorite to edit.

The keyboard shortcuts opening the QAP menu for specific Alternative menu command and the keyboard modifiers for the Main menu can be changed in the OptionAlternative Menu Hotkeys section.

More info about these features: What are the Alternative menu features?.

Can I make the active window always on top?

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The QAP Feature Window Always on top will turn any window to be the top-most window even if another normal window should cover part or all of it. If the window already has the Always on Top property enabled, the QAP feature will toggle it it to OFF.

To use this feature, you must add it to your menu, add a QAP Feature favorite and select the item under the Window Management category.

What are the QAP global options?

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This page is for Quick Access Popup v10. For options of older versions, see this page.

To open the Options dialog box, in the Customize window, select Options and one of the 14 sections of the dialog box in the menu bar (or hit Ctrl + O).

In the General tab

In the Customize Window tab

  • Select if the QAP Customize window is open when QAP is launched.
  • Select where the QAP menu bar is displayed.
  • Remember the Customize window position (else, the window is centered).
  • On a multi-monitor system, select if the Customize window is displayed on the active monitor.
  • Automatically add favorites in Main menu at Top of menu or Bottom of menu when added with Add this Folder or Link, Add this Folder or Link Express and Add favorite from the Explorer context menus.

 

In the Menu Icons tab

  • Display or hide menu icons, and choose menu icons size.
  • Set the number of rows in the Manage Icons window (keep zero for the maximum). More info here if the window becomes too large.
  • Select if icons are retrieved when refreshing Frequent folders and Frequent files menus (disable this option if some folders or files in the Frequent menus are often offline).
  • Set replacement icons for the standard QAP icon.

In the Menu Appearance tab

  • Display hotkey reminders in menu in short or long format.
  • Select the option to use Display Numeric Menu Shortcuts to launch favorites with your keyboard.
  • Display the popup menu near the mouse pointer, in the active window or at a fix position.
  • Set the number of items in the Recent folders and Recent Files menus.
  • Set the number of items in the Repeat actions menu.
  • Add Close to menus created by QAP allowing to dismiss them if clicking elsewhere does not dismiss them.

 

In the Popup Menu tab

  • Display the popup menu near the mouse pointer, in the active window or at a fix position.
  • Display the Drives, Recent Folders and Recent Files menus attached or detached from the popup menu.
  • Enable or disable QAP Explorer Context menus.
  • Manage the exclusion list of applications where the QAP mouse menu trigger is blocked.
  • Use the Get window info button to identify the window to exclude.

 

In the Popup Hotkeys tab

In the Alternative Hotkeys tab

  • Set mouse or keyboard shortcuts, and keyboard modifiers for Alternative menu features.

In the File Managers tab

  • Keep the default file manager Windows Explorer or enable support for Directory OpusTotal Commander or Universal file manager support. After you selected your preferred file manager, fill the additional options as shown below for Directory Opus.
  • When opening the QAP menu by clicking outside of the Preferred File Manager window (or when another window than this file manager is active), set if you QAP opens the folders in a new window (default) or in the current (or last used) Preferred File Manager window.

In the Snippet and Hotstrings tab

In the User Variables tab

In the Database tab

  • Enable or disable the database collecting info from the Recent Items Windows special folder to build the Frequent Folders, Frequent FilesRecent Folders and Recent Files menus and to accelerate the refresh of some dynamic menus.
  • Set the database refresh interval, the number of days considered in the Frequent menus, and maximum size of the database.
  • Flush the content of the database.
  • Show or not a frequency indicator for folders and files in menus and in the Customize window.

In the Menus Advanced Options tab

  • Open the menu when hitting the QAP menu trigger on the Windows taskbar.
  • Enable automatic refresh of the Shared menus and Live folders menus and set its refresh frequency.
  • Avoid having the Clipboard menu refreshed if its size exceeds a certain limit.
  • Set the maximum number of items in the Live Folders of your menu.

In the Launch Advanced Options tab

  • Run  Quick Access Popup as an administrator.
  • Refresh the Windows Apps list at each QAP startup (if disabled, you can refresh it on demand in the Add Favorite dialog box).
  • Set a replacement for the QAP icon in the Notification zone of the Windows task bar in the "file,index" format, for example C:\Folder\MyFile.exe,1).

In the Various Advanced Options tab