All Commands & Shortcuts

This document lists all the commands in Hook for which there are keyboard shortcuts.

Hook honors the keyboard shortcuts that macOS users expect, including some handed down from NeXT and emacs.

Global keyboard shortcuts

The following commands are configured in the Shortcuts window preferences tab.

  • Show Hook contextual window: ⌃H or ⇧⌘SPACE
  • Show menu bar window: ⌃⌥⌘M

A few other global keyboard shortcuts can be configured in Hook’s Shortcuts window preferences tab.

Title menu (⌃T)

The title bar contains a Title menu. To view the Title menu, click on the label in the the title bar or the ☰ button; or type ⌃T. It contains the following menu items.

Hold down the option (⌥) key and you will see the following two “… As” variants of the above two commands, which let you choose the name and the location of the new items.

  • Rename in Hook: ⌃⇧R (In Hook 3.0).

  • Advanced >
    • Add Bookmark Without Copying ⌘D (only shown if Hook does not already have a bookmark for this item),
    • Make Hook File (Pro only) : ⇧⌘H,
    • Revert Name in Hook (if you’ve renamed the bookmark; no shortcut yet).
    • Open All Hooked Items
    • Share

Some of the commands we’d like to put in the main part of the the Title menu, but we don’t want to overwhelm new users. Nor do we want new users to think that Make Hook File, as handy as it is, is Hook’s main mode of operation.


Most of the commands available for links in the HOOKED section (of the Hook window) are also available to links in the PINNED and RECENT sections.

Link menus (⌃L)

Each link (in the Links section) has its own Link menu. The Link menu is only displayed for the currently selected link.
To view the Link menu, click on the Link label or its ☰ icon; or type ⌃L. The Link menu contains the following items, which are the same as the Title menu, except they apply to the currently selected link.

The keyboard shortcuts of the Link menu are the same as the shortcuts of Title menu, except they are prefixed by the SHIFT key (⇧). For example,

  • “Hook to New …” ⌃⌘N (creates a bidirectional link from the title item to a new object whereas)
  • “Hook to New …” : ⇧⌃⌘N (creates a bidirectional link from the linked item to some new object.)

Here are the Link menu item shortcuts, in order:

  • Open : ⇧⌘O
  • Delete Link ⌘⌫ : (Only available in the HOOKED section. Does not delete the bookmark.)

Hold down the option key and you will see the following two “… As” variants of the above two commands, which let you choose the name and the location of the new items.

  • Rename in Hook: ⌃⇧⌘R (renames the bookmark, not the source)
  • Revert Name in Hook (no shortcut yet).

  • Reveal File in Finder: ⇧⌘R or ⌘⏎ (enabled if the linked item is a file)

  • Focus: ▶ or ⇧⌘F

  • Unfocus: ◀ or ⌃B
  • Pin: ⇧⌘P , unpin: ⇧⌘P
  • Reveal File in Finder: ⇧⌘R

Selecting a link

You can select a link by

  • clicking on it
  • using arrow keys (up arrow, down arrow),
  • by typing the first letter of its label. If several links start with the same label, then type the first letter multiple times. (Further typing tricks are coming.)

Opening a linked item (LINKS section)

Hook is all about opening linked items. There are several ways to do this.

  1. select it and type return,
  2. double-click on it,
  3. When you hold down the ⌘ key, Hook will display a ⌘# shortcut you can use to access links. For instance, the first link will visibly be accessible via ⌘1, the second via ⌘2, and so on. So:
  • ⌘1 opens the first linked item (if there is one)
  • ⌘2 opens the second linked item
  • ⌘3 opens the third linked item
  • ⌘9 opens the ninth linked item

Navigating Links in HOOKED, PINNED and RECENT sections

The HOOKED, PINNED and RECENT sections each show links.

It is possible to navigate the network of Hook links, using keyboard shortcuts you would expect. In other words, Hook implements e-macs style navigation shortcuts (⌃B, ⌃F, ⌃A, ⌃E), and also Safari navigation keyboard shortcuts (⌘ key combined with arrow keys).

When a link is selected, you can use the ▶ (right-arrow) key or ⌃F to “navigate into” the link. the Title bar of the Hook window takes on the name of this link. Therefore, the Title bar menu then applies to the linked object. the LINKS section is then updated to contain all the links of the item you’ve “entered”.

After you’ve navigated “into” a link, you can navigate backwards with the ◀ (back-arrow key) or ⌃B.

In sum,

  • select previous link: ⌃P and ↑ (up-arrow)
  • select next link: ⌃N or ↓ (down-arrow),
  • Select the first link in LINKS section: ⌘↑
  • Select the last link in LINKS section: ⌘↓
  • Navigate forward (aka “focus”): ▶ (right arrow) key , ⌃F or ⇧⌘F
  • Navigate back: ◀ (back arrow key) or ⌃B
  • Navigate to the end of navigation history: ⌘▶ (⌘right-arrow) or ^E
  • Navigate to the start of navigation history, which is the original context (title): ⌘◀ ^A

The navigation history is currently not saved across invocation of Hooks. (But that is coming.)

Gear menu (⌃G)

You can access the Gear menu with ⌃G or by clicking the Gear icon.

The gear menu, in the top right corner of Hook window, contains several helpful commands. You can use ⌃G to show the Gear menu.

  • View >
    • Quick Look / Hide Quick Look: ⌘Y
    • -----
    • Show Pinned ⇧⌘P /Hide Pinned: ⇧⌘P
    • Show Recent ⌥⌘R/ Hide Recent: ⌥⌘R
    • Expand Pinned ⇧⌥⌘9 / Collapse Pinned: ⇧⌥⌘0
    • Expand Recent ⌥⌘9/Collapse Pinned: ⌥⌘0
    • -----
    • Hide/Show Status Bar: ⌘/

  • About: ⌘'
  • Quit Hook: ⌘Q (not that anyone would want to do that 😉 )

Help Menu

The help menu has several commands. The ones with keyboard shortcuts are:

  • eads to the online documentation.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: ⌥⌘K (leads to this page).

So, as you can see Hook implements.

Menu bar icon

  • Show menu bar window: ⌃⌥⌘ (This is configured in Shortcuts window) : (or ⌥-click on the Hook icon in the menu bar window)

The effect of an unaccompanied click on Hook’s menu bar icon depends on a setting in the General preference pane. It will either show the Hook window, or it will show the menu bar window.

The menu bar icon also contains a gear menu, which repeats commands in the Hook popup window gear menu.


  • ⌥ : option key
  • ⌘: command key
  • ⌃: control key
  • ⏎: return key