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Hook operates on files and other types of items in many of your favorite apps. It works on files in the Finder, files that are open (for example, in Pages, Word or Preview), web pages in a browser, emails in mail apps, and tasks in OmniFocus and Things, and other types of content.

Using Hook is dirt simple. The three main things you need know to get started using Hook are

  1. How to invoke Hook on an item,
  2. How to link items together, and
  3. How to access linked items.

Each of these steps is a breeze.

1. Accessing the Hook window?

There are five different ways to invoke Hook:

  1. Typing a configurable keyboard shortcut (⌘⇧SPACE by default),
  2. Clicking on the Hook menu bar icon
  3. Clicking on the app in the Dock
  4. Touching the Hook icon on the Touch Bar (assuming your Mac has a Touch Bar and is configured to display the Hook icon)
  5. Launching Hook from a launcher (such as LaunchBar or Alfred) or other utility.

If you have used a launcher, then you are very familiar with the first option.

2. Linking items together

To link items together with Hook simply

  1. open or select the first item (in the Finder or your favorite app)
  2. invoke the Hook window (⌘⇧SPACE) and select the “Copy as Link” command with the ⌘C hotkey or in the title bar menu (⌃T)
  3. open a different item, and
  4. invoke the Hook window again and select “Link to Copied Address”(⌘L) in the title bar menu (⌃T)

That’s it. The two items are now linked! The next time you invoke the Hook window on one of the items, you will see a link to the other in the window.

You will repeat this little Hook dance whenever you want to link items together.

For instance, you can link a mail message and a PDF together by

  1. opening the email in (or AirMail, or MailMate),
  2. invoking Hook and selecting the “Copy as Link” command (or copy a link from a web browser or other app that has a “Copy as Link” command),
  3. opening the PDF (in Preview, Skim, or PDF Pen), or just selecting the PDF in the Finder, and
  4. invoking Hook and selecting the “Link to Copied Address” command.

Presto! The two items are now linked!

You can also link items together by dragging & dropping one item or many items at a time on the Hook menu bar icon.

3. Accessing linked items

It couldn’t be simpler to navigate between linked items. Simply:

  1. select or open one of the items (in the app of your choice),
  2. invoke Hook (⌘⇧SPACE, or another method), and
  3. double-click on the desired link in the Hook window (or select it and press ENTER).

Check out the list of Hook’s commands.

A quick way to understand what Hook can do is to read the List of Hook’s commands (including keyboard shortcuts for them).

Check out this Video

If you prefer, check out this video that demonstrates Hook in action.


Once you’ve mastered the steps above, check out some examples to see how much you can do with Hook.

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