Focus on Link in Clipboard

Hook is “utility knife” for working with links. You know that Hook can create a link for the current item, and you can find links in Hook’s bookmarks database. But you can also simply copy a link from anywhere else and “focus on it with Hook”. From there, you can use Hook’s facilities to manipulate the link.

Here’s how:

  1. Copy any URL or link (using Hook, a text editor, web browser or other app). It can be a simple URL. But it can also be a RTF, HTML or markdown link (i.e., URL + name)
  2. Invoke Hook.
  3. Type ⌃⌘L (or use Gear Menu > Advanced > Focus on Link in Clipboard)

This causes Hook’s title bar to be set to the link. If the clipboard contains a URL rather than a full link (URL + name), then Hook will treat the leaf node of the path as the title. But you can change that.


From then, you have full access to Hook’s Title bar commands.

For instance, you can then use

  • the Copy Link command, to get a full formatted version of the link;
  • the Copy Markdown Link to convert the link to markdown;
  • Hook to New;
  • Add Bookmark Without Copying ⌘D (only shown if Hook does not already have a bookmark for this item),
  • Make Hook File (Pro only) : ⇧⌘H,
  • and more.

You will also see whatever you’ve previously “hooked” to that link (if anything).

Discussed on the forum

See also Focus on Copied Link: hidden feature in Hook – Discussion & Help – Hook Productivity Forum.

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