What are these features in the "My QAP Essentials" menu?

QAP Features are powerful functionalities that can be inserted in any QAP menu or submenu. For your convenience, the My QAP Essentials menu is built automatically when you installed QAP. It gives access to a subset of the most useful QAP Features.

  • With the Add Favorite - QAP Feature..., add new QAP Features to this menu (see How do I add a favorite to my menu? for help on adding favorites to your menu)
  •  With the Switch menu, bring to the front one of the running applications or folders open in Explorer.
  • With Repeat Last Actions, reopen or relaunch any of the 10 most recent favorites that you launched.
  • With the Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box menu, take your file dialog box (Open, Save as, etc.) to the last folder you used in Explorer.
  • With the Reopen a Folder menu, open a folder in Explorer from a menu built with the list of folders already open in Explorer (also useful in file dialog boxes).
  • The Recent folders and Recent Files menus list the recent folders or documents memorized by Windows.
  • The Clipboard menu shows the folders, documents, application path or URL saved in your Windows Clipboard.
  • The Drives menu shows the list drives on your system with label, free space, capacity and an icon showing the drive type.

Finally, these QAP features were also added in the main QAP menu:

  • The Add This Folder or Link menu allows to add the current folders or web page on the fly.
  • The Close this menu item allows to close the popup menu if clicking elsewhere or hitting the Esc key do not close the menu as it normally should (you can remove this menu if you never face this issue).

Feel free to add QAP Features to this menu or to move them around. See the list of other QAP features.

What is the "Current Windows" menu and how is it built?

The Current Windows (aka "Switch") menu is built in two sections. This first part shows the folders already open in the Explorer windows and, if you use this file manager, the Directory Opus listers.

The second part lists running applications (starting with the most recently activated window). Only applications having "visible" windows are listed. System-hidden windows and zero-width/height windows are excluded. Most of the apps in the System Tray could not be listed unless their window is already visible in the task bar.

When you select an item in this menu, its window is automatically activated (bring to the "front"). This menu is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.

By default, the Switch feature is found under the In the Works menu (before v9.2, it was under the My QAP Essentials menu). You can add it to your menu by adding a favorite of type QAP Feature and select Current Windows under the Dynamic Menus section.

When should I use the Reopen a Folder menu?

The Reopen a Folder shows the folders already open in the Explorer windows and the Directory Opus listers if you use this file manager. It is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.

The Reopen a Folder is particularly useful when you are in a file dialog box and want to open a file in a folder already open in another Explorer window. Just select one of these folders in the QAP menu and the dialog box will be moved to it. Change folder in dialog boxes must be enabled in Options.

What is in the Clipboard menu?

The Clipboard menu in the My QAP Essentials menu reflects the content of you current Windows clipboard. If the clipboard contains documents, applications or folders file path, QAP shows this list in the menu, allowing you to open a document, launch an application or navigate to a folder found in the clipboard.

For example, if you select and copy a group of files in Windows Explorer, the list of file paths resides in the Windows clipboard. Quick Access Popup scans this content and adds the files that exists in your system to the Clipboard menu. You can also copy a list of files from a text editor (or any other source) and QAP will display these files in the menu (each line of text must contain a file name/path alone). Relative paths and environment variables are supported.

QAP also scans the Windows clipboard for URLs and displays them as Link entries in the Clipboard menu. In the case of URLs, an address can stands anywhere on a line of text copied to the Clipboard. However, if one line contains more than one URL, only the last one will included in the menu.

If you open the Clipboard menu when the Windows clipboard contains no file or URL, it keeps its previous content until you open the Clipboard menu again or exit QAP.

 

Can I repeat or reopen one of the last favorites I selected recently?

You can reopen a recently opened favorite in the Repeat Last Actions menu. If this menu is not already in your popup menu, add a new favorite of type QAP Feature (see What are the QAP features?).

If you select Repeat Last Action (singular), an item labeled Repeat Last Action is added to this menu and, when you select it, it reopen the last favorite you opened. The label of this feature is always Repeat Last Action. You have to remember what was the last action you selected.

If you select Repeat Last Actions (plural), a menu labeled Repeat Last Actions is shown containing the 10 most recent favorites that you launched. You can configure the number of items in this menu in the OptionsMenu tab.

Items in the Repeat Last Actions menu are sorted chronologically (most recent first). When an item is selected in the Repeat Last Actions menu, it is launched and its entry is moved to the top of the menu.

If a favorite is edited, the favorite in the Repeat Last Actions menu will remain unchanged. And if a favorite is removed, it will stay in the Repeat Last Actions menu until it is pushed out of the menu or until QAP is closed.

Can I control how my computer is closed with QAP?

Quick Access Popup gives you full control on how you close your computer or your screen. With the new QAP Feature Close Computer Control Center, you can Power down, Shutdown, Restart your computer or simply Logoff. You can tell Windows to forced the selected command if required (if you really require it, because this can cause loss of data).

You can also Sleep or Hibernate your computer with two options: Sleep immediately (which may cause data loss) and Disable wake events which prevents some events (like alerts) to wake up you computer when you do not want it.

Finally, you can simply Turn monitor off, Put monitor in low-power mode or Start screen saver.

The Close Computer Control Center feature is available in the QAP Features tree view under the category Windows Features. In addition, other individual QAP Features are available under the Close Computer Commands subcategory: Restart computer, Logoff userSleep computerHibernate computer, Turn monitor off, Put monitor in low-power mode and Start screen saver.

From where comes the content of the Recent folders and Recent files menus?

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.

If you want to delete the content of Recent Items folder and of these QAP menus, see these instructions: How can I delete the content of the Recent Folders or Recent Files menus?

What are the different types of favorites?

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?

Can I add on the fly a favorite for the folder or the web page I am already in?

The QAP Features Add This Folder or Link and Add This Folder or Link Express allows to quickly add the current folder or web page to your menu. You can add folders this way in Explorer windows or in file dialog box windows (if this option is enabled) and you can add links to web pages in most web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.). When you are in the folder or the web page that you want to add to your menu, select one of these features.

  • If you choose Add This Folder or Link, in the Add Favorite dialog box, enter the menu name of this new favorite and select the desired options in the various tabs. When you add a web page, QAP tries to retrieve the web page title to fill the favorite name automatically.

  • If you choose Add this Folder or Link Express (add this command to your menu by adding a favorite of type QAP Feature), the favorite is instantly added at the top or bottom (according to an option in the Options, Menu tab) of the menu where the Add this Folder or Link Express was used. It has the normal default settings and the folder’s name as menu name. No question asked. If this name is already used, “[!]” is appended to the menu name. If you want to change some settings, open the Settings window.
  • For folders, these QAP Features record the current position of the Explorer window in the Window Options tab. Unless you check the Use default window position, this position is automatically restored when you open this folder in a new window.
  • When you add a web page, its title is automatically retrieved and used as name for the favorite.

What are the QAP features and how do I add them to my menu?

QAP Features are powerful functionalities that can be inserted in any QAP menu or submenu. When you installed QAP, the My QAP Essentials menu was built with some of the most useful features: Switch, Repeat Last ActionsReopen a Folder, Recent FoldersRecent FilesClipboard and Drives (more info about the My QAP Essentials menu).

But there is much more QAP Features to discover. To add a QAP Feature to your menu, click the Add button in the Settings window and select the feature to add in the categorized tree view.

For more information on adding these favorites to your menu, see How do I add a favorite to my menu?

QAP Features

Here is a comprehensive list of close to 50 useful features, grouped by categories.

CategoryFeature NameFeature Description
Dynamic MenusRecent FoldersDisplay a dynamic menu containing the ten most recently opened folders as remembered by Windows in its "Recent items" virtual folder. You can configure the number of items in this menu in the "Options", "Menu" tab.

Items in this menu are sorted with most recent folder first, as recorded by Windows.
Dynamic MenusRecent FilesDisplay a dynamic menu containing the ten most recently used documents as remembered by Windows in its "Recent items" virtual folder. You can configure the number of items in this menu in the "Options", "Menu" tab.

Items in this menu are sorted with most recent file first, as recorded by Windows.
Dynamic MenusReopen a FolderDisplay a dynamic menu showing the folders already open in Windows Explorer and Directory Opus windows. This menu is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.

The Reopen a Folder is particularly useful when you are in a file dialog box and want to open a file in a folder already open in another window. See also "Reopen Current Folder in Dialog Box".
Dynamic MenusSwitchDisplay a dynamic menu in two parts:
1) the folders already open in the Windows Explorer and Directory Opus windows
2) the applications currently running on your system (starting with the most recently activated window).

When you select an item, its window is automatically taken to the front.

This menu is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.
Dynamic MenusClipboardDisplay a dynamic menu with the content of you current Windows Clipboard.

If the Clipboard contains documents, applications or folders file path, QAP shows this list in the menu, allowing you to open a document, launch an application or navigate to a folder found in the Clipboard.
Dynamic MenusDrivesDisplay a dynamic menu showing the drives on your system with label, free space, capacity and an icon showing the drive type.

This menu is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.
Dynamic MenusTC Directory hotlistFor Total Commander (TC) users, display a dynamic menu built with the favorites added to the TC Hotlist as found in the file wincdm.ini.

Set the wincdm.ini file location in "Options", "File Managers" tab. If TC was selected when you installed QAP, the Directory Hotlist has been automatically added to your menu.
Menu EditingSettingsDisplay the "Settings" window where you can customize your QAP popup menu, manage your favorites and set various options.

By default this feature is included in the Main menu.
Menu EditingAdd FavoriteDisplay a list of favorite types where you select the type of the favorite to add.

In the next window, you enter :
- a name for your favorite
- a content
- various settings like icon, shortcut, hotstring, parameters, etc.

Depending on the selected type of favorite, the content of the favorite can be a folder, document or application file path, web link, snippet text, submenu name, etc.
Menu EditingAdd Favorite - (type)There are twelve "Add Favorite" QAP features, one for each of the QAP favorite types: Application, Document, Folder, FTP, Group, Link, QAP Feature, Shared Menu, Snippet, Special Folder, Submenu and Text Separator.

In the "Add Favorite" dialog box, enter :
- a name for your favorite
- a content, depending on the selected type of favorite
- various settings like icon, shortcut, hotstring, parameters, etc.
Menu EditingShortcutsDisplay a dialog box with a global view of your keyboard or mouse shortcuts. You can sort favorites by clicking the header.

Double click a shortcut to change or remove its assigned hotkey.

Click the "See all favorites" checkbox to assign shortcuts to other favorites.
Menu EditingHotstringsDisplay a dialog box with a global view of your hotstrings (small sequences of keys that automatically trigger QAP favorites). You can sort favorites by clicking the header.

Double click an hotstring to edit it.

Click the "See all favorites" checkbox to assign hotstrings to other favorites.
Menu EditingIconsDisplay a dialog box listing all the favorites in your QAP menu with their current icon and the default icon for this type favorite. Favorites are grouped by submenus, in the order they appear in your menu.

Click the buttons to select a custom icon for a favorite or reset a favorite to its default icon.
Menu EditingAdd this Folder or LinkQuickly add to your menu the active folder or web page.

You can add folders this way in Explorer windows or in file dialog box windows. You can add links to web pages from most web browsers.

In the "Add favorite" dialog box, confirm the name for your favorite and enter various settings like icon, shortcut, hotstring, parameters, etc.

By default this feature is included in the Main menu.
Menu EditingAdd this Folder or Link ExpressSimilar to the "Add this Folder or Link" feature except that the new favorite will be automatically added at the top of the Main menu without any interruption.

If you need to change default settings, you can click the "Edit" button to change the name, position or various settings of the favorites.

In "Options", you can set the new favorite to be added by default at the bottom of the Main menu.
Menu EditingRefresh Live Folders and Shared menusRefresh on-demand the "Live folders" menus. This action can also be executed repeatedly by entering an interval (in seconds) in the "Scheduled QAP menu refresh" of the "Menu" tab in the "Options" windows.

During the short (depending on the number of Live folders or Shared menus) refresh time, the QAP menu is not available.
Menu EditingSwitch Settings fileSelect another QAP settings file and restart Quick Access Popup with these settings (including favorites and various options).

Make sure you save changes in Settings before restarting QAP.
Menu EditingSwitch to default settings fileRestart Quick Access Popup with the Settings file at its default location.

If you installed QAP using the "one-step installation" procedure, the default location is located under the User directory (for example, "C:\Users\Jean\AppData\Roaming\Quick Access Popup").

If you preferred the portable installation, the default location is where the QuickAccessPopup.exe program is running.
Menu EditingAdd shared favorites menu from catalogueAdd to your menu a shared menu from the Shared Menus Catalogue, a repository of favorites settings files managed by the menu administrators or by other workgroup members.

You can select an existing Shared menu file from the repository, add a shared menu not in the catalogue or create a new shared menu.
Window managementClose all windowsDisplay a list of windows currently open. Uncheck those to keep and click "Close selected windows" to close the other windows. Double-click or press Enter to close one window or see its details.
Window managementReopen Current Folder in Dialog BoxChange the folder in a file dialog boxes to the folder currently active in Windows Explorer.

To use this feature, the "Change folder in dialog box..." option must be checked in "Options", tab "General".
Window managementReopen Current Folder from Dialog BoxReopen the current folder in a new Explorer window (also in Directory Opus or Total Commander). Useful when you want to open the folder you are browsing in a file dialog box in an Explorer window.
Close ComputerClose Computer Control CenterTake full control on how your computer will shutdown:
- Logoff, Shutdown, Reboot, Power down, forced or not
- Sleep or Hibernate, immediately or not, disabling wake events or not
- Turn off monitor, Turn on low monitor power mode or Start screen saver.
Close ComputerPower down computerClose all applications and turn off computer power.
Close ComputerShutdown computerClose all applications in preparation to turn off a computer's power. Depending on your system configuration, this could be followed by a system power down.
Close ComputerPut monitor in low-power modePut computer's monitor in low-power mode. Low-power mode is designed for laptops and might not be available for desktop monitors.
Close ComputerLogoff userClose all applications and terminate current user session.
Close ComputerSleep computerPut the computer in a power-saving state that allows it to quickly resume full-power operation when you want to start working again. Sleep mode uses very little power, your computer starts up faster, and you’re instantly back to where you left off.
Close ComputerHibernate computerPut the computer in a power-saving state that allows it to quickly resume full-power operation (similar to Sleep but uses less power). When you start up the PC again, you’re back to where you left off (though not as fast as Sleep). Hibernate is designed for laptops and might not be available for all PCs.
Close ComputerTurn monitor offTurn off computer's monitor.
Close ComputerRestart computerClose all applications and restart the computer as if user turned power off and on again.
Close ComputerStart screen saverStart default system screen saver.
UtilityRepeat Last ActionsDisplay a dynamic menu containing the ten most recent favorites that you launched.

You can configure the number of items in this menu in the "Options", "Menu" tab.

Items in this menu are sorted with most recently used first. When you reopen an item, its entry is moved to the top of the menu.
UtilityGet window infoHelp you identify a window that you want to exclude from the QAP menu mouse hotkey.

This feature will prompt you to click in the target window with the QAP menu hotkey (by default, middle mouse button) and copy the window title and class name in your Clipboard.

See the "Exclusions" tab in the "Options" dialog box for complete explanations.
UtilityRepeat Last ActionAdd an item labeled "Repeat Last Action" to your menu. When you select this menu item, it reopens the last favorite you opened.

The label of this feature is always "Repeat Last Action" (QAP limitation). You have to remember what was the last action you selected.
UtilityRestart Quick Access PopupRestart Quick Access Popup.

Make sure you save changes in Settings before restarting QAP.
QAP ManagementOptionsDisplay the "Options" dialog box allowing to make QAP work the way you want.

The options are grouped in tabs: "General", "Menu", "Hotkeys", "Alternative hotkeys", "Exclusions" and "File managers".
QAP ManagementCheck for updateCheck on Quick Access Popup web site if a new version is available.
QAP ManagementEdit QuickAccessPopup.iniEdit the active Quick Access Popup settings file (.ini).
QAP ManagementImport/Export SettingsDisplay a dialog box where you can export your favorites and other settings to create a backup in a location of your choice.

You can also import favorites and settings from another PC or another user.
QAP ManagementRestore dialog boxes window positionRestore the Edit, Copy and Move dialog boxes position to the center of the main screen.
QAP ManagementRestore Settings window positionRestore Settings window size and position at the center of main screen.
QAP ManagementClose this menuClose the QAP menu if it is not closed by clicking outside of the menu or by hitting the Escape key as it would do normally.

This is related to an intermittent issue (probably caused by Windows) preventing users from closing the menu normally.
QAP ManagementHelpShow the short QAP "Help" window.
QAP ManagementAboutDisplay development, translation and other credits, application and runtime version numbers, licence, current user and PC names, link to support website.

This feature is also available from the "About" button in the main "Settings" window.
QAP ManagementDonateDisplay the "Support freeware" dialog box.

You can make donation in US $, Euros or CAN $ using Paypal or your credit card. You can also make small monthly donations.

Developing this app and supporting its users take a lot of my free time. But I like it and do my best to keep users more efficient and happy. Donations help me support users and add new features and enhancements regularly!
QAP ManagementExit Quick Access PopupQuit Quick Access Popup, releasing all mouse or keyboard menu triggers and shortcuts assigned to favorites.