Linked Items

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Once you link items together you can use Hook to quickly access and interact with them. A list of all the items linked to the current item are shown in the Hook window.

Accessing linked items

To open a linked item, select it and press enter or just double click it.

Files will open in the default app associated to the file or file type. The icon to the left of the link will indicate what application that is.

This can be overridden for a single file or a whole type by using “Get Info” in the Finder to change the application assigned to open the file

Keyboard shortcuts


When you hold down on the command (⌘) key, you can see that each of the first 9 links has a number on its right. You can access the first link with ⌘1, the second with ⌘2, and so on to ⌘9.

You can also quickly select linked items by typing the number key corresponding to the item without command (⌘).

Link menu

Each link has its own link menu, like the title menu, which is revealed when it is selected. The links menu, like the title menu, is opened by clicking the item, or with a hotkey (⌃L).

Most of the commands in the link menu match commands in the title menu:

With one additional action specific to linked items:

  • Delete Link

Deleting a link removes the connection between the two items, it does not have any effect on the item itself.

Links can also be deleted by selecting them and pressing ⌘-Delete

Navigating linked items

When a linked item is selected, in addition to the downard arrow denoting the title menu, a rightward arrow will appear at the right edge. Clicking this arrow navigates into the linked item wh ich becomes the current context item. It appears in the title bar and its own linked items appear in the links section.

This allows quick access to second order links, which are items linked to a linked item, or even third or fourth order links.

Instead of clicking the rightward arrow, you can move between linked items by selecting them and pressing right on your keyboard.

You can navigate back to previous items with the left arrow, or by clicking the back arrow which appears on the left in the title bar when you begin navigating through links.

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