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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 navigate between linked items.

Each one of these steps is a breeze.

1. How do I invoke the Hook window?

There are four different ways to access the Hook window. You can launch Hook either by

  1. typing a configurable keyboard shortcut (⌘⇧SPACE by default: that’s the key, the SHIFT (⇧) key, and the Spacebar at the same time),
  2. clicking on the app in the Dock,
  3. touching the Hook icon on the Touch Bar (assuming your Mac has a Touch Bar and is configured to display the Hook icon),
  4. clicking on the Hook menu bar icon, then clicking on the Hook logo in its menu bar window, or
  5. invoking 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. How do I link items together?

To link items together with Hook simply

  1. open or select the item (in your favorite app),
  2. invoke the Hook window (⌘⇧spacebar) and select the “Copy as Link” command (⌘C),
  3. open a different item, and
  4. invoke the Hook window again and select the “Link to Copied Address”(⌘L).

That’s it. The two items are now linked!

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 Mail.app (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 it 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. How do I navigate between 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 use the ENTER key on it).

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.

Examples

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

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