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

Quick Cliq 1.2.12 released!

Hello, dear Quick Cliq users!
A new version of Quick Cliq is released today with many important changes, and almost all of them came out from your suggestions and comments. Thank you all a lot!
Don’t forget to leave a word or two about what you think and feel while using Quick Cliq. It is very important for us!

Here is the last changelog. Feel free to comment it or ask any questions:

IMPORTANT! Changes to Folder Menu shortcut type:
Folder Menu now works as menu attached to corresponding shortcut
To use Folder Menu you need to add * symbol at the end of the shortcut’s name instead of target.
Any targets with * at the end will NOT work now!

New:
-New window for editing multi-targets
-Added option to adjust items height in menu
-It is now possible to use windows environmental variables
-Special commands description added (can be opened through “Set Target” -> Special menu)
-“W” special command added, which stops target execution for a time
-Added REP Special command for repeating the commands
-Email targets now possible to edit
-Few improvments to emails composing
-Clips View window improvments
-Added option to extract or run URLs from clips
-Added “Run Links” item to clips menu
-“Edit target” item added to the main window context menu

Fixes:
-16×16 icons should now be properly used from resources
-Improved a way to run shortcuts solving some rare problems
-Fixed issue when target field was erased if you cancel file/folder select dialog
-Changing Quick Cliq’s standard icons now works properly
-Fix for context menus on XP, they must work properly now
-Main window now have constant size (fix for small resolutions)
-Many improvments and fixes

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.

Quick Cliq updated to version 1.2.05!

Well, we rolled out another update last night to version 1.2.05.

There were a few issues that were fixed and some really cool new features that were added including the ability to have custom hot keys for menu items! We also created a feature that allows you to use keywords inside of Memos and Clips that will represent the date or time (You will find some syntax help in the memo edit window and the clips viewer). You can now save your clips when you exit Quick Cliq to have them loaded in the clip on the next start up and you can change the hot key modifiers for the clip’s copy, paste, and append functions.

Here is the full change log:

New: Custom Hotkeys feature added, allowing you to define hotkey for any shortcut/menu.
New: “CHK” special shortcut command added, which opens the list of all custom hotkeys you defined (you can also access this window through “Settings” menu in main window).
New: Added “Autosave” option for target field. Availble through “Settings” menu in main window
New: Added “Light-Style menu” option which removes all colors/icons from menu. Available on “Additional” tab in options
New: Any folder shortcut target with “^” symbol at the end now works as fast folder switch for active window. So now you can define hotkey for this type of shortcut.


Fix: GDI leak fixed
Fix: Few improvments to fast folder switching so it now works better
Fix: Fixed bug when right mouse button starts working as gesture button after main Quick Cliq window closing
Fix: Changed the way main window opening, so it’s now more obvious what Quick Cliq is doing when idle for a long time


Change: “Default colors” options moved to “Settings” menu
Clips New: Added option to define hotkey modifiers for copy, append, paste clip commands
Clips New: “Remove extra lines” edit option added
Clips New: Added option to save clips on Quick Cliq exit and restore them on start
Recent New: Added option to log recently used shortcuts
Recent Fix: Fixed huge amount of page faults when “Log closed folders” option enabled
Memos: On-Top-Memos now can be edited and saved
New: Date and Time syntax added for Clips and Memos

You can get the newest version by simply updating the app or if your new download it here.

Thanks for staying quick with us!

Quick Cliq 1.2.04b

Hello!

This is the last beta for now, the next version of Quick Cliq will be released soon.

We hope you will notify us about any little bugs you may found.

Here is a change list for this version:

  • Clips New: Added option to define hotkey modifiers for copy, append, paste clip commands
  • Clips Fix: Fixed bug when saved clips didn’t restored when enabling Clips in Options
  • New: Any folder shortcut target with “^” symbol at the end now works as fast folder switch for active window. So now you can define hotkey for this type of shortcut.
  • Fix: Few improvments to fast folder switching so it now works better
  • Fix: Fixed bug when right mouse button starts working as gesture button after main Quick Cliq window closing
  • Fix: Changed the way main window opening to make it more obvious what Quick Cliq doing when trying to open it after long time idle

…and we’ve fixed some links on the download page…

You may also check full beta change list here

Get the new version now from download section

Quick Cliq 1.2.01 beta out!

Hello!

The Quick Cliq beta is out for you to try.

It contains the following changes comparing to 1.1.1.5:

New:

  • Custom Hotkeys feature added, allowing you to define hotkey for any shortcut/menu. Along with that “CHK” special command added, which opens the list of all custom hotkeys you defined (you can also access it through “Settings” menu in main window).
  • Added “Autosave” option for target field. Availble through “Settings” menu in main window
  • Added “Ligh-Style menu” option which removes all colors/icons from menu. Available on “Additional” tab in options

Fix:

  • GDI leak fixed

Changed:

  • “Default colors” options moved to “Settings” menu

Clips:

  • “Remove extra lines” edit option added
  • Added option to save clips on Quick Cliq exit and restore them on start

Recent:

  • Fixed huge amount of page faults when “Log closed folders” option enabled
  • Added option to log recently used shortcuts

Get it from download section!

About New Year and Quick Cliq beta testing

Hello friends! 🙂

Some time has passed since last version of Quick Cliq, and here we are, in the new 2011… We hope you got the best from the past, and wish you to follow the same way in future.

We wish you to save your time with Quick Cliq, because time is all we have.

The work on the new version continues, little by little we going to make it better. Why we doing this? Because we feel good about it. It’s cool when you like what you do, but any work have much more sense when other people like the result too 😉

But the bigger the program becomes, the more efforts it requires to stay alive. So it is just a bit hard to do all the testing on Quick Cliq for me and John only, and we won’t make all users beta testers retrospectively.

If you are using Quick Cliq every day (as we do) and want to help us make it better, you can join us as beta tester and start getting new versions faster than official release. It doesn’t mean that beta going to crash your system or format your hard drive…  It means that you can help us to cut some obvious (and not so) little bugs before release.

If you are willing to help us on this task, write us an e-mail or send note through the Quick Cliq feedback form.

Stay with us, stay Quick!

Quick Cliq updated to version 1.1.1.5!

Hi, Quick Cliq users!

The small bug-fix update was released recently, so don’t forget to update!

Here is a list of fixed bugs:

  • "Menu Preview" now update itself correctly on menu colors change
  • Fixed Tooltip error when opening the menu using the hotkey Control+Right Click
  • Hotkeys&Gestures state in tray menu now shows properly after Quick Cliq restrt
  • Fixed bug with Windows Hide hotkeys (it can now be empty)
  • Fixed bug with relative paths on Windows XP

And we have updated F.A.Q section on the help wiki, check it if you have questions about Quick Cliq.

Quick Cliq Updated to Version 1.1.1.0!

Hello, Quick Cliq users!

And finally here it is, a new Quick Cliq version! I know you were waiting it impatiently and so on… But it took a little bit to fix all those bugs we found with your help. Though there is still a lot we can fix and change, add and invent, so keep up sending us your suggestions and comments, we appreciate them a lot. Thank you for using Quick Cliq!

You can check the full changelog for details (it is quite big, oh yeah!), but here I will explain the most significant features added since the last version.

Folders Changing:

So, let’s start with fast folders changing. You can use this feature by opening Quick Cliq’s menu on top of the explorer window or open/save dialog and press Middle Mouse Button or CTRL+Right Click on any shortcut, just like this:

If the items shortcut is a folder, you will be moved there, if it is a file path, you will be moved to that file location:

Another example for Save dialog:

“System” shortcut type:

This is a new window that appears when you select “System” from the predefined shortcuts drop down list.

Here you can see the list of shortcuts (right side) according to the selected categories (left side). You can quickly choose a shortcut by double clicking it, or selecting a few of them and pressing the “Add Shortcuts” button. You can also check what a shortcut actually does by pressing the “Test Shortcut” button. But be careful with items like “Shutdown” or “Log Off”! 🙂

If you have a good suggestion about what else should be in that list – just send us a note, press “Send New” button.

RUNAS command:

Annoyed with that all-seeing-UAC, eh? No!? It may be useful to start some programs with admin rights, especially if some of the features of that application don’t work properly… Haven’t run across this bad story yet? Oh you will some day, I’m sure of it.

When this does happen, you can easily solve it – using RUNAS command. Just put this special word (it’s not case-sensitive, I just like caps) before any target path you wan’t to use, for example:

RUNAS “D:\SOFT\Utils\ProcessExplorer\procexp.exe”

If you have UAC enabled, it will ask your permission to run this app with full access rights (On XP it will ask you the Administrator password though). This simple method can help you get your programs working properly.

And just few tips about using this command:

  1. Remember to enclose your file path into the quotes. This is the best practice to do this always, but it is absolutly needed if the path contains any spaces, for example this will not work:
  2. RUNAS D:\SOFT\Some Folder\ProcessExplorer\procexp.exe

  3. You can use arguments:
  4. RUNAS “D:\SOFT\Utils\ProcessExplorer\procexp.exe” /t /s:1234

  5. You can use this command inside a Multi-Target shortcut:
  6. cmd {N} runas “D:\SOFT\Utils\ProcessExplorer\procexp.exe” {N} charmap

  7. This may not work with non executable files, like text files or word documents.

Drag & Drop for Shortcuts Tree:

It is now much easier to move your shortcuts from the deepest menu to the top, just use drag & drop! 🙂

Send us new Afo:

Do you like the “quote of the day” under the main window? I’m sure you do. If so, you have an option to send us your favorite aphorizm – right click on the afo-bar and choose “Send New” and it’s possible it will appear in next version of Quick Cliq.

Transparent Windows option:

Want to make some window a little less evident? OK, we have an option, just choose “Change Transpareny” item from the “Windows” menu and move slider down!

Thats all for now. If you have any questions or wonder how one or another feature works – leave a comment and we’ll explain it in the details.

Stay with us, stay Quick!