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Folders Popup lets you move like a breeze between your frequently used folders and documents!



Absolutely free to download and use, for personal or commercial use.

  1. Download this zip file.
  2. There is no software to install. Just extract the executable (.EXE) from the zip file to the folder of your choice.
  3. Run the .EXE file from this folder (choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version depending on your system). Folders Popup will create and update the folderspopup.ini file in this folder. See Folders Popup is a Portable App, below.
    Note: If an anti-virus or protection software reports Folders Popup as a potential threat, this is not the case. Please read this post:
    How to stop Anti-virus blocking Folders Popup
  4. At your convenience, create a shortcut on your Desktop or select Run at Startup in the System Tray to launch Folders Popup automatically at startup.

Quick Start

No install ! Just extract and launch. Folders Popup adds an icon in the System Tray and await your orders. You want to retrieve a document in a frequently used folder?

  1. In Windows Explorer or in a file dialog box, just click the middle mouse button.
  2. In the popup menu, select the desired folder.
  3. Folders Popup will take you there this instantly!

Need a new file Explorer window while working in any application or window?

  1. From any window, hold the Shift key while pressing the middle mouse button. Or simply click on the Folders Popup icon in the System Tray.
  2. In the popup menu, choose the folder to open in the new Explorer window. You’re done!

Or, in this menu, choose Folders Popup Settings to open the Folders Popup settings window where you can add to your menu all kind of favorites, delete, move or rename them and group your folders in submenus. Click Save to keep your changes.

Folders Popup Main Features

Opening the popup menu

  • All your favorite folders, documents and web pages at your finger tip – press the middle mouse button (or press Windows-K) *over* a file dialog box, a file Explorer window or the desktop to popup your personalized favorites launcher.
    • If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can press it: this is the middle mouse button.
    • If your mouse does not have a middle button, you can choose another trigger in the Options dialog box.
  • Hold the Shift key while pressing the mouse middle mouse button (or press Shift-Windows-K) to popup a new File Explorer window from any window.
  • The Special folders menu gives an easy access to Desktop, Document, Pictures, My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Control Panel and Recycle Bin.
  • The Recent folders menu lists the recent folders memorized by Windows.

Managing your popup menu

  • To edit your menu, choose Folders Popup Settings in the popup menu or press Shift-Windows-F.
  • Use the various buttons to add, reorder, remove or edit favorites in the Settings window.
  • Add folders on the fly with the Add This Folder item in the popup menu.
  • Drag and drop favorite folders or documents to the Settings window to add them to your menu.

In Folders Popup Settings, Options

  • In the Settings dialog box, click the Options button to open the Options dialog box.
  • Select Run at Startup option in the Tray menu to launch Folders Popup automatically.
  • Select your working language: English, French, German, Dutch and Korean are currently supported.
  • Display or hide the Special folders, Recent folders and Switch submenus.
  • Select the option to use numeric menu shortcuts to launch favorites in the popup menu.
  • Display the popup menu near the mouse pointer, in the active window or at a fix position.
  • Display or hide the startup Tray tip.
  • Enable Directory Opus (DOpus) support.
  • Enable Total Commander (TC) support.

Configurable triggers

  • In the Options dialog box, change the mouse triggers to open the folders menu (by default, middle mouse button) or to open a new Explorer (by default, Shift-middle mouse button).
  • Choose the keyboard triggers to open the folders menu (by default, Windows-K) or to open a new Explorer (by default, Shift-Windows-K).
  • Choose the keyboard trigger to open the Settings dialog box (by default, Shift-Windows-F).
  • Choose the keyboard trigger opening instantly the Recent folders menu (by default Shift-Windows-R).


  • Group favorites by subjects or locations in nested submenus.
  • To add a submenu, in the Settings window, click the Add button and, in the new dialog box, select the radio button Add: Submenu. Submenus can be nested under submenus at will.
  • Select the menu to edit in the Menu to edit: dropdown list.
  • To move a folder from one menu to another, click the Edit button or double-click the folder name in the Settings window and select the new menu in the Folder parent menu dropdown list.
  • The Add this folder menu puts the new folder in the menu of your choice.

Switch to another Explorer

  • Use Switch menu to switch to any opened file Explorer windows.
    • The Switch to Explorer menu takes you instantly to any opened instance of the Windows file Explorer.
    • The Switch in dialog box moves the active dialog box to any folder actually opened in another file Explorer.

Recent folders

  • The Recent folders menu lists the recent places memorized by Windows.
  • An option in Settings determines the number of displayed recent folders in the menu (default is 10).
  • More info and discussions about how Folders Popup handles Recent folders.

Directory Opus support (DOpus)

  • Automatic enabling of DOpus support if the software is found on your system.
  • Change user folders, recent folders and special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.) in DOpus listers reliably and seamlessly.
  • Switch to any with Directory Opus lister or Windows Explorer with Switch Explorer menu
  • The Switch in dialog box menu proposes to open any folder opened in Windows Explorer or listers in DOpus.
  • More info here: Using Folders Popup with Directory Opus.

Total Commander support (TC)

  • Automatic enabling of Total Commander support if the software is found on your system.
  • Change user folders, recent folders and special folders (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.) in TC windows reliably and seamlessly.
  • More info here: Using Folders Popup with Total Commander.

Final notes

  • Folders Popup supports MS Office File Dialog boxes (Win XP and more), even when they do not follow MS Windows standards!
  • Tested on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 with Explorer windows, File Dialog Boxes (Open, Save, etc.*) and Console Window (CMD command prompt).
  • Works with all international version of Windows.
  • Supports regular file system folders and UNC locations like network folders or WebDAV folders (Sharepoint libraries, etc.)**.
  • Support for Directory Opus and Total Commander (alternative file managers) and FreeCommander and Clover (Windows Explorer add-ons).

* Works with all software developed for Windows that use the standard file dialog boxes (most software do).
** In a file Explorer, if a location is password protected, you will need to be logged in manually *before* navigating to it using Folders Popup.


What’s new in version 3

Minor releases

v3.3.1 (2014-11-17): This is a small bug fix release (until FoldersPopup v4 is released). Upgrade recommended.

  • Fix a bug occurring in some situation when a favorite location contains a comma.

Version 3.3 (2014-10-24):

  • For Total Commander (TC) users:
    • At start-up, Folders Popup prompts you to activate Total Commander support if the software is found on your system.
    • Change user favorite folders and recent folders in TC windows reliably and seamlessly.
    • Enable special folders menus (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.) in TC using built-in commands.
    • Use TC internal command to gather information reliably for the Add this folder menu.
    • A checkbox in Options let Total Commander users choose to open new folders (with Shift+Middle-Mouse) in a new tab or in a new window.
    • The Switch menu is not supported actually with TC and this menu is disabled the first time TC support is activated*. But the Switch menu can be re-activated in the Options (“Display Switch menu”) for TC users who also use Explorer windows.

      * The Switch menu will be supported after a new command in Total Commander will allow to improve the integration in Folders Popup (work in progress).

  • For all users:
    • Addition of Swedish language, thanks to Åke Engelbrektson.
    • Fix a bug when user select a hotkey replacement for Middle-mouse button that involves a modifier key (e.g. Shift+Right-click).
    • Fix bug with icons on Windows Server (no menu icons on these servers).
    • Fix bug making new folders opening in Explorer instead of Directory Opus when called from the Tray left-click menu.
    • Change Directory Opus command to open a new lister to Go with NEW parameter.

Version 3.2.2 (2014-10-02):

  • fix layout in options gui
  • remove support for MS Office 2003/2007 file dialog boxes (see this note)
  • German language update

Version 3.2 and v3.2.1 (2014-09-20):

  • For Directory Opus (DOpus) users:
    • At start-up, Folders Popup prompts you to activate DOpus support if the software is found on your system.
    • Change user favorite folders and recent folders in DOpus listers reliably and seamlessly.
    • Enable special folders menus (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, etc.) in DOpus using built-in aliases.
    • The Switch Explorer menu combines in one menu the folders opened in Windows Explorer and listers in DOpus.
    • DOpus icons used for listers in the Switch Explorer menu.
    • The Switch in dialog box menu proposes to open any folder opened in Windows Explorer or listers in DOpus.
    • Using the DOpus system command DOpusRt to change the current folder and gather information reliably about listers for Switch Explorer or Add this folder menus.
    • Adapted support for special folders in DOpus (like search result windows). But no support for FTP folders at this time.
  • For all users:
    • Addition of the Korean language – thanks to Om Il-Sung (aka Dollnamul on my blog).
    • New option to show the popup menu near the mouse pointer, in the active window or at a fix position.
    • Prevent intermittent Windows bug showing an error message when building the Recent folders menu if an external drive has been removed.
    • Setting the Images and Recent folders special folders reading the Windows Registry to support Windows in any languages.
    • Fix a bug when showing special folders names in Switch menus.
    • Fix a bug when duplicate folders were found in Switch menus.
    • Prevent paths longer than 260 chars in Switch menus from causing an error.
    • Limit favorite menus name to 250 chars maximum in add/edit favorite dialog box.
    • Hopefully fix a bug causing submenus to display incorrectly at first popup menu display only.

Version 3.1.3 (2014-09-07)

  • Bug fix: make all Special Folders menu items work when popup menu is activated from the tray icon.
  • Improve handling of folders including hash (aka Sharp / “#”) to work around bug in Shell.Application (see v1.2.6).
  • Fix a bug when navigating in a Shell window (CMD) to a folder path including AHK reserved chars (^!+#).

Version 3.1.2 (2014-09-03)

  • Menu icons now compatible with Windows Vista
  • Stop building recent folders menu at startup (unnecessary since this menu is refreshed on demand)

Version 3.1.1 (2014-08-30)

  • Fix a bug that created the diagnostic file even when diagnostic mode was off. Users of v3.1 can delete the file FoldersPopup-DIAG.txt.
  • Stop forcing the working directory to be the app’s directory.
    • Note 1: Users can set the working directory of their choice by creating a Windows shortcut and setting the “Start in:” option.
    • Note 2: By default and when users enable the “Run at Startup” option, the working directory is the app’s directory.

Version 3.1 (2014-08-29)


  • Support favorite documents (local or network files) as popup menu items.
  • Support favorite web links (URL) as popup menu items.
  • Popup favorites menu by left-clicking on the Tray icon.


  • Menu icons for submenus, folders, special folders, documents and links.
  • Configurable menu icons size and option to display menu icons or not.
  • Dialog boxes and menu colors with choice of themes (see how to configure color themes in the folderspopup.ini file).
  • Change mouse cursor to hand when mouse is over buttons in the Settings window.
  • Various small dialog box design improvements.


  • Remove “supported dialog boxes” management, all dialog boxes are now supported, user should only invoke favorite folders in file selection dialog boxes.
  • Additional text to clarify mouse and keyboard triggers in Settings, Options.
  • Choose the destination submenu when adding a favorite.
  • Redesigned Tray menu with integrated favorites menu.


  • Add a mouse or keyboard hotkey to open the recent folders list.
  • Allow to select no mouse trigger for popup menu.
  • Open Settings dialog box by double-clicking on the Tray menu.


  • Error message when unavailable local favorite is selected in popup menu.
  • Short Tray tip status when refreshing menus.
  • Better Directory Opus support in dual listers and bug fixes.
  • Fix various small undetected v2 bugs.

Full version history on the GitHub source repository.

Update from and older version

  1. Download the new version zip file.
  2. Extract the executable (.EXE) from the zip file to the folder where you already run Folders Popup. The new file have a different name.
  3. Folders Popup will not overwrite the FoldersPopup.ini file that contains your folders shortcuts. All your settings will be preserved. Even if you upgrade from v1 or v2.
  4. If you selected the Run at Startup option, quit the previous version of Folders Popup before launching the new one: right-click the Folders Popup icon in the System Tray and choose Exit. When you run the new version, the shortcut in your Startup folder is updated to launch the new version.
  5. Run the new .EXE file (choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version depending on your system). When you are comfortable with the new version, you can delete the old .EXE.
    Note: If whenever you want to re-install the latest v1 or v2 release, download the v1.2.7 zip file or the v2.2.1 zip file.

Folders Popup is a Portable App

A portable application (portable app), sometimes also called standalone, is a program designed to run on a compatible computer without being installed in a way that modifies the computer’s configuration information. This type of application can be stored on any storage device, including internal mass storage and external storage such as USB drives and floppy disks – storing its program files and any configuration information and data on the storage medium alone (source: Wikipedia). Specifically, Folders Popup does not write any information in the Windows registry or in any system or temporary Windows folder. Running the .EXE file launches Folders Popup in its current directory. That’s it! The app creates a temporary subdirectory (named _temp) to store small images and language files required at run time. This folder is deleted when the app quits. The only permanent files created by Folders Popup are the FoldersPopup.ini file containing your favorite folders and options and, if you select the Run at Startup option, the FoldersPopup.lnk file in your Startup folder.

To completely remove Folders Popup from a PC, delete the folder where you are running the app (preserve the FoldersPopup.ini file if you plan to re-use it) and delete the file FoldersPopup.lnk from your C:\Users\[name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder.


  • Select your working language in the Settings window (supported languages: English, French, German and Dutch).
  • Folders Popup was originally written in English (English proof checking would also be appreciated).
  • German translation: thanks to Edgar “Fast Edi” Hoffmann.
  • Dutch translation: Pieter Dejonghe.
  • Korean translation: Om Il-Sung (aka Dollnamul).
  • Swedish translation: Åke Engelbrektson (
  • French translation: Jean Lalonde.
  • Help for translation to other languages appreciated. Please see the Folders Popup Translation resource page.


  • Developed using the portable programming language AHKScript v1.1 (aka AutoHotkey or AutoHotkey_L).
  • Source files on GitHub.


Folders Popup – Copyright (©) 2013-2014 Jean Lalonde This software is provided ‘as-is’, without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software. Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose, including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it freely, subject to the following restrictions: 1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would be appreciated but is not required. 2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be misrepresented as being the original software. 3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution. Jean Lalonde,

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Other resources
How to stop Anti-virus blocking Folders Popup
About Folders Popup Recent folders
About Folders Popup color themes

Using Folders Popup with Directory Opus
Using Folders Popup with Total Commander
FoldersPopup now compatible with Clover and FreeCommander

Folders Popup Translation

Archived or “closed cases” comments
Folders Popup v1 archives
Folders Popup v2 archives
Folders Popup v3 archives