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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.

Easy one-step installation

  1. Download, execute this exe file and just follow the setup instructions.
    Note – If you upgrade for a v3 installation: Before upgrading using the new setup tool follow these instructions to preserve your previous configuration: Update from a v3 (or older) version using the new setup tool.
  2. Enjoy! And if you get a virus or malware alert from your anti-virus or protection software about Folders Popup being a potential threat, this is not the case (you can trust me… or read this independent report :-). Please, also read this post: How to stop Anti-virus blocking Folders Popup.

Portable installation
Follow these instructions if you want to use Folders Popup in “portable” mode. This will, for example, allow you to run it from an external drive or USB key. You’ll just need to unzip a file.

  1. Download this zip file.
  2. Just extract the executable (.EXE) from the zip file to the folder of your choice.
    Note: It is recommended not to install Folders Popup in system-protected folders like those under “C:\Program Files”. This could prevent FP from saving your configuration.
  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.
  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.

Note: Again, 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.

Quick Start

When you run it, 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 (MMB).
  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 MMB. 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!

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

Open the popup menu

  • All your favorite folders, documents and web pages at your finger tip – press the middle mouse button (MMB) or press Windows-A *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 MMB (or press Shift-Windows-A) to popup a new File Explorer window from any window.
  • The Special folders menu gives an easy access to Desktop, Document, Pictures, Downloads, My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Control Panel and Recycle Bin.
  • The Recent folders menu lists the recent folders memorized by Windows.

Manage 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. The horizontal line button inserts separators in your menu and the vertical line button inserts column breaks to give even more room to your menu.
  • Assign custom icons to your favorites in the Add / Edit Favorite window. Pick icons in any .EXE, .DLL or .ICO file (see to create your own icons from PNG or JPG files).
  • 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 to launch Folders Popup automatically.
  • Select your working language: English, French, German, Dutch, Korean and Swedish are currently supported.
  • Display or hide the Special Folders, Current Folders, Group of Folders and Recent folders submenus.
  • Select the option to use numeric menu shortcuts to launch favorites with your keyboard.
  • Display or hide menu icons, or choose menu icons size.
  • 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 the popup menu when clickng on the taskbar (or disable it for compatibility with other utilities like 7+ Taskbar Tweaker).
  • 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-MMB).
  • Choose the keyboard triggers to open the folders menu (by default, Windows-A) or to open a new Explorer (by default, Shift-Windows-A).
  • 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.

Save and restore groups of folders based on projects or tasks

  • Save the group of folders currently open in Explorer windows with the Group of folders… Save Current Folders as Group menu.
  • Select a group in the Group of folders… menu to restore these folders in their original Explorer window size and location.
  • Restored windows can replace the windows currently open or can be added to them. You decide it when you save a group.
  • Currently, Explorer and Directory Opus windows are supported (Total Commander windows support is waiting for a new command in a future version of TC).

Current folders

  • Use the Current Folders menu to open a folder already open in another Explorer window (especially convenient in a file dialog box).

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.
  • 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

  • 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 4

Minor releases

Version: 4.2.1 (2015-01-18)

  • Make FP compliant with Windows themes by adding a FP theme named “Windows” that keeps Windows theme’s colors (making FP display OK when user selects a dark Windows theme).
  • Making the FP theme “Windows” selected by default for new users.
  • Because of a side-effect in XL 2010, revert a patch in v4.2 to prevent double-click up/down buttons in Settings to overwrite the clipboard with the image URL (a Windows “undesired feature”).

Interim releases

Version 4.2 (2015-01-15)

  • Hotkeys to manage favorites in Settings window:
    • Down: Select next favorite
      Up: Select previous favorite
      Ctrl-N: Add a new favorite
      Enter: Edit favorite
    • Shift-Up/Down: Select contiguous favorites
      Ctrl-Click: Select non-contiguous favorites
      Ctrl-A: Select all favorites
    • Ctrl-Down: Move favorite(s) down
      Ctrl-Up: Move favorite(s) up
      Del: Remove favorite(s)
    • Ctrl-Right: Open submenu
      Ctrl-Left: Open parent submenu
  • Multiple selection to manage a group of favorites in one step
    • Allow multiple selection of favorites to move them in the current list, move to other menu or remove them.
    • Up/Down arrow buttons and Ctrl-Up/Down hotkeys can move multiple favorites in the current list.
  • New Special Folders favorites type (the following changes do not apply to Windows XP users)
    • Build your own special folders menus 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.
    • A new customizable My Special Folders menu is automatically added as last item in your main menu (you can edit, move or even remove it, as you wish).
    • Special Folders are supported using Windows Explorer, Windows standard file dialog boxes, Directory Opus and Total Commander.
  • Universal File Managers Support
    • FPconnect is an universal file manager connector for Folders Popup from Roland Toth (
    • This Folders Popup addon allows integration of any file manager that supports commandline navigation. Thanks to tpr (Roland’s nickname).
    • Support on FPconnect is available on Roland’s blog.
  • More improvements…
    • Select the menu position of new favorite in the Add Favorite window, a great time saver!
    • Other minor improvements or bug fixes

Version 4.1 (2014-12-20)

  • addition of Italian language, thanks to Riccardo Leone
  • redesign the Help and Options windows into three tabs to save height on small screens
  • change delays in group load
  • change default to “add to existing windows” when creating a new group of folders
  • solve icon issue with multi-column menus under Win XP, show icons only in first columns
  • add BETA support for file manager connector FPConnect (from Roland Toth)

Version 4.0.1 to 4.0.4 (2014-12-09 to 2014-12-13)

  • More robust group load and window move and resize.
  • Add a button in the Save this Group window to select or deselect all Explorer windows in the list.
  • You can now click on column headers in the Save this Group window to sort the list of Explorer windows according to the content of the clicked column.
  • Fix bug properly exit group load loop when an error occurs within an iteration.
  • Fix minor bugs related to Current Folders menu and Group of Folders menus.
  • Fix bug making language (other than English) selected in setup not being taken into account at FP first run.
  • Fix bug with Recent shortcut opening in a new Explorer window instead of navigating in the correct window.

Version 4 initial release (2014-12-07)

New standard installation tool

  • New setup procedure with standard Install / Uninstall procedures using Inno Setup.
  • For previous Folders Popup users, the new setup tool will be able to retrieve your previous configuration if the Run at Startup option has been selected before the upgrade.
  • Folders Popup will continue to be also distributed in a zip file for portable installation.

Groups of folders

  • The Switch menu from v3 is replaced by two menus : Current Folders and Group of Folders.
  • The Current Folders menu allows to open one of the folders already open in an Explorer window.
  • Folders open in Windows Explorer and Directory Opus are detected (Total Command support will be possible as soon as the TC developer will have implement a new command making this integration possible).
  • The Groups of Folders menu allows to save and restore groups of folders.
  • Groups are restored re-creating each Explorer window at its pre-defined size and location.
  • Use the Save Current Folders as Group submenu to create a new group.

Custom favorite icons

  • Select your custom icons for favorite folders, URLs, documents and submenus.
  • Add/edit favorite icons in a new dialog box where you can pick icons in any .EXE, .DLL or .ICO file.

Various additions or improvements

  • The default Folders Popup hotkeys are changed to Windows-A and Shift-Windows-A (previous shortcut Windows-K is a reserved shortcut in Windows 8.1). Actual users configuration is not changed (you can keep or change your current hotkeys as you wish).
  • You can now add column breaks in popup menu offering another way to group your menu items (very cool!).
  • For tech support, sysadmin and other power users, the system environment variables like %appdata%, %public%, %temp% or %userprofile% are now supported in favorite location (for example: “%appdata%\Microsoft\Templates” will take you to the folder C:\Users\[name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates).
  • The Downloads folder has been added to the Special Folders menu (not available under Windows XP).
  • Menu item added to the right-click Tray menu to open the FoldersPopup.ini file.
  • Option Open menu on taksbar added to determine if you want to open the popup menu over the taskbar (for compatibility with other utilities like 7+ Taskbar Tweaker).
  • Folders Popup now accepts space hotkey – this allows combinations with spacebar like Alt-Space.
  • Add an option to disable check for update at startup.
  • The 48 pixels has been added to the choice of icon sizes.

For Directory Opus users

  • Add the option Use tabs to choose to open new folders in new tab (new default) or in a new lister.
  • Folders open in new tab are open in the pane under the mouse click position.

Bug fixes

  • Fix a bug with labels when changing the hotkey for Recent folders menu and Settings windows.
  • Make the vertical bar (or pipe “|”) a reserved character in submenu or favorite name.
  • Fix a bug occurring in some situation when a favorite location contains a comma (also recently fixed in v3.3.1).

Full version history on the GitHub source repository.

Updating Folders Popup

Update from a previous v4 version using the setup tool

  1. Download the new version setup file under Easy one-step installation in the Download section at the top of this page.
  2. If it is running, quit Folders Popup before launching the setup file: right-click the Folders Popup icon in the System Tray and choose Exit FoldersPopup.
  3. Run the setup program and follow instructions. Folders Popup will be launch at the end of the installation.
  4. The new setup procedure will preserve your previous configuration in the FoldersPopup.ini file.

Update from a v3 (or older) version using the new setup tool

  1. Download the new version setup file under Easy one-step installation in the Download section at the top of this page.
  2. Make sure the Run at Startup option is selected in the previous version before the upgrade. This will allow the setup program to retrieve the configuration from your previous installation. This is highly recommended if you want to keep your previous custom menu.
  3. If it is running, quit Folders Popup before launching the setup file: right-click the Folders Popup icon in the System Tray and choose Exit FoldersPopup.
  4. Run the setup program and follow instructions. Folders Popup will be launch at the end of the installation.
  5. The new setup procedure will not overwrite the previous .exe files and your previous FoldersPopup.ini. Delete them manually when you are comfortable with the new installation.

Update from an older version using the portable installation

  1. Download the new version zip file under Portable installation in the Download section at the top of this page.
  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, v2 or v3.
  4. 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 FoldersPopup. 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, v2 or v3 release, download the v1.2.7 zip file, the v2.2.1 zip file or the v3.3.1 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 – storing its program files and any configuration information and data on the storage medium alone (source: Wikipedia).

Specifically, when installed using the Portable installation procedure, 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.
  • Folders Popup was originally written in English (English proof checking would be appreciated).
  • Help for translation to other languages appreciated. Please see the Folders Popup Translation resource page.
Language Thanks to translators! Review in your language
French Jean Lalonde Folders Popup : un logiciel portable pour accéder rapidement à vos dossiers utilisés fréquemment (Freewares & Tutos)
German Edgar “Fast Edi” Hoffmann Folders Popup hilft uns bei der Navigation im Windows Explorer (Giga Software)
Dutch Pieter Dejonghe Folders Popup – Supersnel naar je favoriete mappen (Computer Totaal)
Korean Om Il-Sung (aka Dollnamul) 자주가는 폴더를 빠르게 가보자 (
Swedish Åke Engelbrektson ( (suggestion?)
Italian Riccardo Leone Aprire le cartelle preferite con un solo click utilizzando FoldersPopup (


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


Folders Popup – Copyright (©) 2013-2015 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
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Folders Popup Translation

Archived or “closed cases” comments
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