Tutorial – Pin an S-Menu to the task bar

Hey there all you Quick Cliq-ers! … Ok, sorry that won’t happen again.

Today I want to show you how you can make S-Menus from your custom Quick Cliq menus and pin them to the task bar in Windows 7 to create a one click menu of shortcuts without having to actually run Quick Cliq. We aren’t going to pin QC to the task bar, but instead only the S-Menu.
First thing is first, Go ahead and create an S-Menu (Open the “Add/Change” window and right click one your menus and choose “Create S-Menu“) from one of your menus and save it some place safe where you won’t accidentally delete it. Now go to that S-Menu file and copy it to the clipboard (we are going to use this later). Now you can drag it to the task bar. You could stop here, but you will have to right click the task bar button and select your S-Menu everytime you want to open that menu. We want to create a single click menu button instead so that it is faster.
Go ahead and right click the shiny new task bar button we created and then right click the Quick Cliq item and choose properties. Now under the Shortcut tab highlight the target field and clear it out. Now, remember we copied the S-Menu file to our clipboard? Show the Clips menu and choose System Clipboard >> To Plain Text. Now that your clipboard has been formatted to plain text let’s paste it in the target field. You should end up with the path to the S-Menu we created.
We can now choose a new icon or just keep that awesomely pretty Q icon. Make sure you click OK. Now go back to your task bar button and right click. You should see two items, The S-Menu you created and the Quick Cliq item we just modified the shortcut for. Let’s unpin the S-Menu item from the top.
Now click that button and watch your menu magically appear at your mouse cursor. You can even close Quick Cliq (although I don’t know why you would want to stop the awesomeness that is QC, but whatever) and the menu will still work. Woo!

— You can create more pinned menus to your task bar by first creating a text file (save it some place safe again) and renaming it as an .exe file like “Blank App.exe” and then dragging that to the task bar. Now right click the button and right click the dummy exe file and choose properties. Now change the target field to point to your S-Menu. If you do it this way though you will manually have to select an icon for the button, but that’s no biggie…. right?

Stay Quick!

– John-Paul

Use Clips to create m3u play list files

Today I am going to show you how to use the Clips feature in Quick Cliq to create a custom .m3u play list file across multiple directories. It is easier than you think with the append and file save capabilities of the extra clipboards.

An .m3u play list file is nothing more than a text file with file names on each line. Yep that’s it. We are going to use Clip # 1 for this, but you can use any clip number you want. Let’s make sure that no data is on the clip. Show the clips menu and check to see if there is an icon next to clip one. If there is, then there is data on that clipboard and we need to get it off so select Clear in the Clip 1 menu.

Now that we have a clear and ready to use Clip lets start filling it with the music we want. Highlight our first file and copy it to Clip 1 by pressing Control + 1. Now for every other music file we want in the play list we will highlight it and press Control + Win key + 1 to append that file name to the clip.

When you are done adding your complete Devo collection go ahead and view Clip 1 and you will see all the files on separate lines (you may have to turn off Word Wrap or resize the window to see them on individual lines). Now click the To File button and rename the file with the .m3u extension.

Clips m3u creation

Clips m3u creation

And that is that!

Do you have a cool use for the Clips feature in Quick Cliq? Lets us know in the comments.