Hook to Copied Link

After you’ve copied the address (URL or full link) of an item, you can use the Hook to Copied Link command on another. This will forge a bidirectional link (i.e., “a hook”) between the two items.

To hook two items together:

First, copy a link to one of the items:
  1. open or select the first item (in your favorite app — for example: Safari or Finder) and
  2. Invoke Hook (⇧⌘SPACE) and use its Copy Link (⌘C) command. Or use the app’s Copy Link function if it has one
Second, use the Hook to Copied Link command itself:
  1. open a different item, and
  2. invoke the Hook window
  3. select Hook to Copied Link(⌘V) in the title bar menu.

That’s it. The two items are now “hooked together” (i.e., bidirectionally linked)!

After hooking two items together

The next time you invoke the Hook window on one of the items, you will see a hooked link to the other (in the “HOOKED” section of the Hook window.) You can now use Hook to quickly open one item from the other.

Hook contains a “hook network” navigator, so you can create and navigate information pathways, bypassing Finder, search, etc.


The Hook to Copied Link command is only enabled if there’s an address (URL, or full link) in the clipboard.

The Hook window is like Spotlight: it goes away after you use it. In other words:

  1. after using Hook’s Copy Link command, the Hook window goes away. This is (a) to let you find another item to “hook it” to, or (b) paste the link wherever you want (such as in a task or email).
  2. after using Hook to Copied Link, the Hook window disappears again — so that you can resume your work.

The Hook to Copied Link command is rather “abstract” so it’s worth watching the video above a couple of times, and practicing it. Once you get the hang of Hook to Copied Link, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

The Hook to Copied Link shortcut is ⌘V because you’re effectively pasting the link in the Hook window.

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