The Hook window has three parts:
- A Title bar, which is initially the name of the document or item that was active when you invoked Hook,
- A Links section, which is blank if you haven’t linked anything to the title item and otherwise contains everything linked to the title item, and
- A status bar
Here’s an annotated screenshot of the Hook window as it currently appears on this writer’s Mac when he invokes it on this web page after after linking a few items to it. As you can tell from your web browser, the current web page is called “Hook Window – Hook”. Hook repeats that title to remind you what its context is.
You would see something different. Not only would you not see the annotations, but you would see no links yet.
Now let’s make things even simpler and look at each section of the Hook popup window, one by one.
The title bar and Title menu
The title bar contains the name of the title item, which is initially the name of the document or item that was active when you invoked Hook.
For example, if you invoke Hook on this page (⌘⇧SPACE), the title bar says “Hook Window – Hook”, which is the title of this web page.
When you click on Hook’s title bar (or type ⌃T in Hook), you see the “Title menu” . The Title menu has the main commands you’ll use to copy and create links. All Title menu commands operate on the title item:
- Link to New…, which creates a new item in an app that you choose and links the new item to the title item (very handy for note-taking and other purposes),
- Link to New
<default note taking app>, same as previous command but instantly uses your default note-taking app,
- Copy Link, which copies the name and address of the title item into the clipboard as a link that you can paste or use in “Link to Copied Address”,
- Copy Markdown Link, does the same thing as the previous command but in markdown format (Pro Only),
- Link to Copied Address is enabled if there is an address in the clipboard (e.g., from “Copy Link” above). This command links the title item to the copied address. This is the main command that establishes a link between two items,
- Reveal in Finder is enabled if the title item is a file, in which case it reveals the file in the Finder,
- Make Hook File, which creates a Hook file in Finder, containing a link to the title item. (Hook files are like aliases and .webloc files, but more general and editable). (Pro only),
- Copy All Links, this copies all the links shown in the links section to the clipboard.
When you invoke Hook, the Links section shows all the links from the Title item. (Linking is described here.)
The screenshot below shows what Hook might look like when, after having linked the current page to a few items, you invoke Hook again on this web page:
Of course, you can open any linked item by double-clicking the link, or by selecting it and pressing the
That’s the main purpose of Hook! To enable you to navigate to related (linked) items.
You can navigate the network of Hook links using arrow keys or by clicking. Hook supports many standard keyboard shortcuts (e.g., emacs style keyboard bindings). For instance if you select a link and click its
> button, the Hook window will focus on the link; the Hook window title bar then assumes the name of the linked item. Try it out, and checkout “navigating linked items”.
In addition, every link has a Link Menu. A link’s menu pops up when you click on the link, or when you type
⌃L. The Link menu contains the same kinds of commands as are in the Title menu described above, except that they operate on the selected link instead of operating on the item shown in the Title bar.
Notice the Link menu on the selected link:
The Status bar
At the bottom of the Hook window is a status bar. It displays helpful context-sensitive messages. If the current app is unsupported or Hook just cannot find a valid file or linkable resource, the status bar will say “No linkable found in the app”. But normally, the status bar presents tips, such as listing available commands and keyboard shortcuts.
On the right side of the status bar is a Gear menu, which you can access by clicking on it or typing ⌃G. Whereas the Title menu and the Link menu are context-sensitive, operating on the title item and selected link, respectively, the Gear menu contains global commands (that do not vary as a function of the Title item or link-selection). They are
- Check for App Updates and Update Scripts,
- Copy A New Unique ID (Pro only),
- Copy a Search Link from Clipboard (Pro only),
- Hide Status Bar
- Quit Hook
Here’s what the looks Gear menu (at the bottom right of the Hook window) looks like
See Gear menu for more information on that menu.