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.

Hooks are two-way bookmarks that are associated with a pair of documents or other information resources.

Hooks enable you to use the Hookmark window to instantly navigate from one item to the other, and back again. You’ll be surprised how often this can help you. For example, if you are taking notes about a PDF, then it’s very handy to be able to navigate from the PDF to the notes document about it, and from the notes document back to the PDF. The hooks are always right where and when you want to see them.

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).
  2. Invoke Hookmark (⌃H) and use its Copy Link (⌘C) command or button.
Second, use the Hook to Copied Link command itself:
  1. Open a different item.
  2. Invoke the Hookmark window.
  3. Select Hook to Copied Link(⌘V) in the Action ☰ button (or click the Hook to Copied Link toolbar button).

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

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

Plural form: Hook to Copied Links

If there are multiple links in the clipboard that you have obtained via Copy All Links, then the Hook to Copied Link command is pluralized: Hook to Copied Links. The plural form enables you to hook the title item to many things at once.

You can use this command to copy all the hooks from one resource to another. It couldn’t be easier:

  1. On the first item, use Copy All Links.
  2. On the second item, use Hook to Copied Links

That’s it. The second item now has all the hooks that the first item had.

A use case of this is when finishing one draft of a document and starting a second draft in a new document. You can carry all the hooks over to the second draft; you might then prune some or all of the hooks from the first draft.


The Hook to Copied Link command is only enabled if there’s an address (URL, or full link) in the clipboard. The link can be in Markdown, formatted text (RTF or HTML), or a simple URL.

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