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 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 MenusDirectory Opus FavoritesDisplay a dynamic menu showing the content of your Directory Opus favorites. This menu is refreshed every time you open the QAP menu.
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 MenusFrequent FilesDisplay a dynamic menu showing the most frequently used files as collected by Windows and used in QAP. This menu is refreshed by a background task every minute (by default).
Dynamic MenusFrequent FoldersDisplay a dynamic menu showing the most frequently used folders as collected by Windows and used in QAP. This menu is refreshed by a background task every minute (by default).
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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".
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 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 ComputerLogoff userClose all applications and terminate current user session.
Close ComputerPower down computerClose all applications and turn off computer power.
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 ComputerRestart computerClose all applications and restart the computer as if user turned power off and on again.
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 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 ComputerStart screen saverStart default system screen saver.
Close ComputerTurn monitor offTurn off computer's monitor.
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.
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.
UtilityRestart Quick Access PopupRestart Quick Access Popup.

Make sure you save changes in Settings before restarting QAP.
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 ManagementCheck for updateCheck on Quick Access Popup web site if a new version is available.
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 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 ManagementEdit QuickAccessPopup.iniEdit the active Quick Access Popup settings file (.ini).
QAP ManagementExit Quick Access PopupQuit Quick Access Popup, releasing all mouse or keyboard menu triggers and shortcuts assigned to favorites.
QAP ManagementHelpShow the short QAP "Help" window.
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 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 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.

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