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


What’s new in version 2.2 (2014-07-06)

  • Support drag and drop to add favorite folders (nice and easy!).
  • Make the cursor change to a hand when the mouse pointer is over buttons or clickable text in Settings dialog box.
  • Recent folders menu now shown in a detached menu, refreshed each time it is opened, with tool tip while refreshing.
  • Fix a bug with number of Recent folders hide/display in Settings, Options.
  • Fix layout bug in Edit folder dialog box.
  • Fix bug making Switch to Explorer opening a new window.
  • Replace PCAstuces review URL with Freewares & Tutos.
  • Minor release: 2.2.1 (2014-07-11)
    • Fix a bug when adding a folder to a submenu using drag and drop.
    • Add an incentive message about drag and drop at the bottom of the “Settings” window.

What’s new in version 2.1 (2014-06-17)

  • Addition of Dutch translation, thanks to Pieter Dejonghe!
  • The Recent folders is now refreshed on-demand using the Refresh menu. This is done to keep the popup menu snappy regardless of the number of recent items to parse or the performance of the PC. (irrelevant since v2.2)
  • An option in Settings, Options allows to choose the number of recent folders available in the popup menu (now default to 10).
  • When adding a folder with the Add This Folder menu, you can now select in which submenu the new folder will be added.
  • When editing a menu, a button allow to open this menu.
  • The Add This Folder menu now works for folders on network drives (folders starting with “\\”).
  • Various small bugs fixes.
  • Minor release: 2.1.1 (2014-06-25)
    • Complete translation of mouse button names
    • Fix bug when changing Settings shortcut
    • Fix PCAstuces URL missing

What’s new in version 2


  • By popular demand, Folders Popup now offers folders 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.
  • Click the Up arrow to edit the parent menu or the Left arrow to edit a previously displayed menus.
  • 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.
  • Version 1 folders saved in your .ini file are preserved and automatically placed in the main menu.

Switch to another Explorer

  • 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 currently opened in another file Explorer.

Recent folders

  • The Recent folders menu lists the recent folders memorized by Windows
  • An option in Settings determines the number of displayed recent folders in the menu (default is 10).

Language support

  • Select your working language in the Settings window (supported languages: English, French, German and Dutch).
  • Thanks to Edgar “Fast Edi” Hoffmann for the German translation.
  • Thanks to Pieter Dejonghe for the Dutchtranslation.
  • Help appreciated for more languages (and for English proof checking as well).

New Settings dialog box

  • Icons to Add, Edit or Remove folders and submenus.
  • Double-click a folder or a submenu name to edit it.
  • Icons to move folders and submenus Up or Down in the popup menu.
  • Icons to add a Separator in the popup menu.
  • Icons to Sort folders in a menu.
  • Icons to Add, Edit or Remove supported dialog boxes.
  • Double-click in a dialog box name to edit a supported dialog box.
  • Icons to open the Help, About and Settings windows.

Other improvements

Full version history on the GitHub source repository.

Folders Popup Main Features

  • All your favorite folders at your finger tip – press the middle mouse button (or press Windows-K) *over* a file dialog box or a file Explorer window to popup your personalized folders 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.
  • Add, reorder, remove or rename folders in the Settings window.
  • Group folders by subjects or locations in nested submenus.
  • Add folders on the fly with the Add This Folder menu.
  • Drag and drop favorite folders to the Settings window to add them to your menu.
  • Add File Dialog Boxes types to support your various software*.
  • Choose any mouse button or keyboard shortcut to open the folders popup menu.
  • Select your working language in the Settings, Options dialog box (English, French, German and Dutch currently supported).
  • Tested on Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 with Explorer windows, File Dialog Boxes (Open, Save, etc.) and Console Window (CMD command prompt).


  • Hold the Shift key while pressing the mouse middle mouse button (or press Shift-Windows-K) to open a new File Explorer window from any window.
  • In an unsupported dialog box, click the Add this Dialog Box to the supported list menu to teach Folders Popup on the fly about the software you use**.
  • 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.
  • Use Switch to Explorer  to switch to any opened file Explorer window or Switch in dialog box to take a file dialog box to any folder actually opened in a file Explorer.
  • Also in the Settings, Options dialog box…
    • Display or hide the Special folders, Recent folders and Switch submenus.
    • Select Run at startup option in the Tray menu to launch Folders Popup automatically.
    • Configure the hotkey opening the Settings window (by default Shift-Windows-F).
    • Select the option to use numeric menu shortcuts to launch folders in popup menu.
    • Display the popup menu at a fix position.
    • Display or hide the Tray tip.

Even more…

  • Folders Popup supports MS Office File Dialog boxes (Win XP and more), even when they do not follow MS Windows standards!
  • Supports regular file system folders and UNC locations like network folders or WebDAV folders (Sharepoint libraries, etc.)***.
  • Checks for update at startup option (can be snoozed until a new version is published).
  • Check for update on demand from the Tray menu.
  • When adding a folder, automatically suggest the deepest subfolder’s name as menu name.
  • Works with all international version of Windows.
  • Support for Windows Explorer add-ons Clover
  • Basic support for Directory Opus and FreeCommander XE: navigate to other folders inside file lists using the Middle-Mouse button and add the folder currently displayed in file list to popup menu using the Add this Folder menu.
    Note to Directory Opus users: read this post.

* Works with all software developed for Windows that use the standard dialog boxes (most software do).
** Under Windows XP, new Dialog Boxes types can only be added in the Settings windows.
*** 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.



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 start-up.

Upgrade from v1 to v2

  1. Download the v2 zip file.
  2. Extract the executable (.EXE) from the zip file to the folder where you already run Folders Popup v1. The new file have a different name.
  3. Folders Popup v2 will not overwrite the FoldersPopup.ini file that contains your folders shortcuts. All your v1 settings will be preserved.
  4. If you selected the Run at Startup option, quit Folders Popup v1 before launching the v2: right-click the Folders Popup icon in the System Tray and choose Exit. When you run the v2, 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 v2, you can delete the v1 .EXE.
    Note: If whenever you want to re-install the latest v1 release, you can download the v1.2.7 zip file here.

Update from v2 to a newer v2 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.
  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.

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 file created by Folders Popup is the FoldersPopup.ini file containing your favorite folders and options.

Quick Start

At its launch, Folders Popup add 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 right now?

  1. From any window, hold the Shift key while pressing the mouse middle mouse button.
  2. Choose the folder to open in the new Explorer window. You’re done!

Or, in this menu, choose Settings to open the Folders Popup settings window where you can add folders to your menu, delete, move or rename them and group your folders in submenus. Click Save to save your changes. Add folders to your popup menu on the fly:

  1. Go to a frequently used folder.
  2. Click the middle mouse button and choose Add This Folder.
  3. Give the folder a short name, click OK and Save in the settings window.

By default, Folders Popup supports regular dialog boxes (Open, Save, etc.). You can easily teach Folders Popup to recognize other the dialog boxes:

  1. When you are in an unsupported dialog box, click the middle mouse button and choose Add this dialog to the supported list.
  2. Click OK and Save in the settings window.

In the Tray menu, check the Run at startup option to launch Folders Popup automatically.

Configurable triggers and other options

In the Settings dialog box, click the Options button to open 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).
  • Set your preferences for Run at Startup, Display Startup Tray Tip, Display Special Folders, Display Recent foldersDisplay Switch menusDisplay Numeric Menu Shortcuts and Popup Menu at Fix Position options.


Folders Popup was originally written in English.

  • German translation: thanks to Edgar “Fast Edi” Hoffmann.
  • Dutch translation: Pieter Dejonghe.
  • French translation: Jean Lalonde.
  • Help for translation to other languages or English proof checking would also be 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.


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Folders Popup – Copyright (C) 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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