What’s new in v9.3 and v9.4?

Here is a summary of new features and improvements in Quick Access Popup version 9.3 and 9.4.

Opening Explorer windows on multi-monitor systems

Starting with QAP v9.4, users with dual-display or multi-monitor systems have more control on the location of the Windows Explorer windows displaying their favorite folders. If the default file manager in File Managers tab is Windows Explorer, the tab includes a new option On a multi-monitor system, always open the Explorer window on the active monitor when system has more than one monitor.

Maximize folder on multiple-monitors systems

Also if, in the Add/Edit Favorite dialog box for a Folder favorite, you select a custom window position under the Window Options, and choose the Maximized window state, you can now specify on which monitor the Explorer window for this favorite will be maximized. This option is available for favorites of types Folder, Special and FTP when Explorer or Total Commander is the active file manager (Directory Opus users should use DOpus Layouts instead).

More information: Can I open a folder a on specific monitor of a multiple-display system?

Video demo: Multiple-monitor support (15 min.)


QAP windows position

Starting with v9.4, on dual-display or multiple-monitor systems, the Settings window is displayed on the “active” monitor. QAP detects the active monitor based on the mouse or active window position when you opened the QAP menu. If you prefer the Settings window to be always open on the same monitor, you can uncheck the option Open Settings window on Active monitor on the General tab of the Options window.

Also, QAP always positions its other windows relative to the center of the main Settings window or of their parent window. And it will remember the width of the Add/Edit/Copy/Move Favorite windows (useful when menu paths become long and need to give more width to the list).

More information: How do I open the QAP Settings window?


Directory Opus Favorites and Layouts dynamic menu

Users of the file manager Directory Opus who selected DOpus as preferred file manager in the Options, under the File managers tab, can now automatically include in their QAP menu the Favorites items from DOpus. For new users who select DOpus when they install QAP, the menu is inserted automatically. The other have to add a new favorite of type QAP feature Directory Opus Favorites under the Dynamic Menus category. This menu can also include the DOpus windows Layouts in their menu by checking the Show Layouts in Layouts menus option in the File managers tab.

More information: How do I enable Directory Opus support in Quick Access Popup?

Demos: Video – QAP and Directory Opus 1/2 (16 min.) and Video – QAP and Directory Opus 2/2 (15 min.)

New QAP icons and custom replacements

QAP v9.4 includes some new QAP icons. Users who installed QAP with the portable ZIP file should make sure they update their JLicons.dll file (for users who installed QAP with the Setup program, this is done automatically).

Also, v9.4.1 introduced the new button QAP Menu Icon Replacements under the More tab of the Options dialog box. This button opens a dialog box where you can enter a list of custom icons replacements for the standard QAP menu icons from JLicons.dll. See the list of icon codes.

More information: Can I replace the QAP standard icons with my own custom icons?


Current Windows Exclusions

v9.4.1 also introduced the button Current Windows Exclusions under the More tab of the Options dialog box. This button opens a dialog box where you can enter a list applications that you do not want to see appear in the Current Windows menu (aka Switch) found by default under the In the Works menu.

In the text box, enter any part of the window title of the application to exclude (the window title is what appears in the top horizontal bar of the window). You can enter multiple exclusions, one per line.

More information: What is the “Current Windows” menu and how is it built?

Various improvements
  • new option Start Numeric Menu Shortcuts at 1 (instead of 0) in Options, Menu tab
  • Total Commander Hotlist menu:  when building Total Commander Hotlist menu, support path redirected by “RedirectSection=” value under [DirMenu] (in addition to supporting “AlternateUserIni=” under [Configuration]), with path relative to folder of wincmd.ini
  • add command line parameter “/Working:[path]” used to set QAP working directory (useful when creating a “Run” registry key to autostart QAP without using Startup shortcut file)
  • Import Windows file shortcuts to menu: add context menu entry Import Shortcut to Quick Access Popup menu to import a Windows file shortcut into a new favorite with its name (without the .lnk extension), its icon and, for applications, its Start In and Arguments (parameters) properties; add registry keys for the Import Shortcut command to the ManageContextMenu.bat batch used by portable installation users to enable or disable context menus
  • in Options, Basic tab, add the option Main settings file backup folder to select a destination folder for backups of the main settings file (quickaccesspopup.ini); backup are created only for main .ini file; Shared menu settings files and Alternative settings files (open with the “Switch Settings file…”) are still backup in their own folder