quick menu.pngEvery now and then someone really shocks me with what they’ve managed to do using Autohotkey… Quick Cliq is a fine example of just that. Most people look at Autohotkey as a scripting language, but Quick Cliq demonstrates how it can be used to create a full-featured application.

So what is Quick Cliq? It’s a global context menu that provides fast access to shortcuts (folders, files, URLs, etc…), clipboard operations, memos (more like text snippets), and more. All of this is wrapped up into one highly customizable package that is just waiting to be configured the way you want it. Here’s a list of features provided by the developer:

  • Easy and quick access to folders, files, programs, links, e-mail templates, and command line operations
  • Hide and show windows
  • 9 extra clipboards – with advanced editing
    • Append data to the existing clipboard’s content making it a very useful list making application
    • The clipboards can hold binary data (files/folders) as well as application specific data
    • Basic text formatting
    • Clean all formatting from the clipboard leaving only plain text (remove HTML formatting)
    • Convert copied files to their full file path
    • Save the clipboard’s content to a file
  • Memos hold commonly used text that can be sent to an active window or placed on the clipboard
  • Unlimited number of shortcuts and menus available that are fully customizable
  • Customizable Hot keys and Mouse Gestures for each feature
  • Special shortcut type which will allow you to navigate a directory in a menu
  • Drag & drop interface and Windows Explorer context menu integration lets you add any shortcut with just few clicks
  • Save any menu you have created as an S-Menu file that you can run outside of Quick Cliq
  • Set a window to be “Always on top” or disable it’s “Close” button to prevent accidental closes
  • Ability to turn off any feature/option you don’t currently need

It can take some time getting Quick Cliq all set up the first time around, but in the end you’ll be reaping the benefits. Those of you who are a bit more adventurous can play around with the menu_items.ini file located in the data folder that Quick Cliq creates. That’s where the app stores all of your custom shortcut information, and after you create a few shortcuts you may start to see the structure it uses. Unfortunately it’s not blatantly obvious the things you need to modify to add folders… generally it’s 2-3 lines that need to be added in different places for each file/folder. So you’re probably better off sticking with the built-in editor.

This is a portable app that uses a mere 4MB of memory when running. Keep an eye out for the new version that should be released soon with a slightly more stylish interface.

Quick Cliq Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)