What file managers are supported in addition to Windows Explorer?

In addition to Windows Explorer and Windows command line utilities, Quick Access Popup provides extended support for popular Explorer replacement applications Directory Opus and Total Commander and support for about 15 other file managers.

You can select your preferred file manager in the Options window, tab File managers.

Directory Opus support (DOpus)

  • If installed on your system, Directory Opus is detected automatically at QAP’s first launched and you can select if you want to use it as your primary file manager when QAP opens a folder in a new window.
  • Changing folders in an existing DOpus lister is supported for both regular and Special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.).
  • QAP can integrate the content of the Directory Opus Favorites and Directory Opus Layouts in a QAP sub menu.
  • The list of folders currently open in DOpus are automatically included in the Current Windows and Reopen a Folder QAP features.
  • Quick Access Popup is fully compatible with the new Directory Opus version 12.
  • More info here: Using Quick Access Popup with Directory Opus.

Total Commander support (TC)

  • If installed on your system, Total Commander is detected automatically at QAP’s first launched and you can select if you want to use it as your primary file manager when QAP opens a folder in a new window.
  • Changing folders in an existing TC windows is supported for both regular and Special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.).
  • QAP can integrate the content of the TC Directory Hotlist in a QAP sub menu (the TC wincmd.ini location must be set in Options).
  • The folders in currently active tabs in TC panes are automatically included in the Current Windows and Reopen a Folder QAP features.
  • More info here: Using Quick Access Popup with Total Commander.

QAPconnect: Universal File Managers Support

  • QAP also supports a list of about 15 file managers described in the setting file QAPconnect.ini based on a list developed by Roland Toth (blog.rolandtoth.hu) for Folders Popup.
  • There is no need to install an addon to use these file managers in QAP.
  • First, make sure the info for your file manager is accurate in QAPconnect.ini: the directory must be the one where your app is installed.
  • To edit the QAPconnect settings file, in the Options, tab File managers, select QAPconnect and click the Edit QAPconnect.ini button under the dropdown list. Save the file and deselect/reselect the QAPconnect radio button to refresh the list.
  • Then, select QAPconnect and choose your file manager in the dropdown list.
  • Supported file managers: A43, Altap Salamander, CubicExplorer, Double Commander, EF Commander Free, Everything, Explorer++, ExplorerXP, Far Manager, FreeCommander XE, IrfanView, Just Manager, MultiCommander, One Commander, Nomad.NET, Snowbird, SpeedCommander, Tablacus Explorer, UltraExplorer, Unreal Commander, WinNC, XnView, xplorer2 lite, XYplorer & XYplorerFree.

How do I setup QAPconnect for another file manager?

The QAPconnect.ini settings file makes many popular file managers work with Quick Access Popup. You can find this file in QAP’s Settings Folder.

When configured for your file manager and selected in the QAP Options dialog box, File managers tab, these settings allow QAP to change folder or open new folder in your file manager.

Note 1: If you only use Windows Explorer and file dialog boxes (Open, Save As, etc.), you don’t need to care about this file. Just use QAP as it is.

Note 2: The file managers Directory Opus and Total Commander are already supported by QAP without needing additional settings in this file. To use one of these file managers, select it in OptionsFile managers tab.

How does QAPconnect works?

When QAP needs to open a new window (or tab) in a file manager or to change folder in the current window, it needs to know what command to send to the file manager. This is done by selecting your file manager in QAP Options dialog box.

But, first, you need to make sure the info in the file QAPconnect.ini is OK for your installation of the file manager.

1. In the list of file managers in the QAPconnect.ini file, find your file manager. File manager names are enclosed in square brackets.

2. Edit the AppPath parameter to reflect the current path to your file manager exe file.

3. Save this file keeping its actual name and location.

4. In Quick Access Popup, open the Options window and select the File managers tab.

5. Select the QAPconnect radio button and choose your file manager in the Application
drop-down list.

Note: For users using QAP in a “portable” environment like an USB key, you can set a relative path for your file manager exe file (i.e. “..\MyManager\MyManager.exe”). Path is relative to the QAP Settings Folder. If you preferred the portable installation, it is the directory where QAP exe file is running.

Adding a file manager

Actually, over 15 file managers are supported in QAPconnect.ini. If your custom file manager is not in QAPconnect.ini, you can add it to the list if it meets certain conditions. The main condition is that it must accept commands via the command line to open a new window, open a new tab (if applicable) or change the folder in the current file manager’s window.

1. To add a file manager, add a new section at the bottom of this file with the name and version of your file manager between square brackets […]. For example:

[MyManager (v1.2.3)]
AppPath=
CommandLine=
NewTabSwitch=
NeverQuotes=

2. Set your file manager path and command line options:

a) AppPath: path to your custom file manager application executable (absolute or relative)

b) CommandLine: parameters that will be passed to the application (set in AppPath)
  – the placeholder %Path% will be replaced with the path of the favorite folder selected in QAP popup menu
  – the placeholder %NewTabSwitch% will be replaced with the NewTabSwitch parameter (see below)
See examples in sections for other file managers in the QAPconnect.ini file. Refer to your file manager’s documentation to see if these parameters are available.

c) NewTabSwitch (optional): command line parameter to open folder in a new tab (if available) or in a new instance of your file manager. NewTabSwitch is used only when you ask Quick Access Popup to open a folder in a new window. It will tell QAP how to to open the folder in a new tab instead of a new window.

d) CompanionPath (optional): path to a command line executable, companion of the main file manager executable. For example, EF Commander Free main application is EFCommanderFreePortable.exe. But a second executable EFCWT.EXE is used to open or change folders. Setting the CompanionPath helps QAP manage properly file manager windows.

e) NeverQuotes: Normally, QAP encloses %Path% between double-quotes if it includes at least one space. If in your file manager, %Path% should never be enclosed, set NeverQuotes to “1” (without the double-quotes).

3. Save this file. In QAP, click the Refresh applications list to reflect your changes in QAPconnect.ini. You can now select your newly added file manager.