Drag and Drop Linking: One Item at a Time

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You can easily link items together by dragging and dropping them onto the menu bar icon. Here we describe how to do it by dropping one item at a time on the menu bar icon.

  1. Drag a file onto the Hook menu bar icon. The drop zone will split into two, revealing a new drop zone.
  2. Drag a different file onto the Hook menu bar icon.

And presto! the two files are now linked! You’ll get a notification to this effect, which you can turn off in System Preferences > Notification

Now, the next time you invoke the Hook window (using ⌘⇧spacebar) on one file, you will see the other file. So you can instantly navigate between them.

Changing your mind while linking

You can change your mind while linking. There’s two ways to do it.

  1. You can drop a different item directly onto the top drop zone. This replaces the drop zone content, but does not link the item. (Drop zones are not accumulators, meaning they do not accumulate content).
  2. After dropping the first item onto the menu bar icon, an “x” appears, which empties the top drop zone, and merges it with the bottom zone (basically, leaving a single, big drop zone).

If this sounds complicated, just experiment, or watch videos. There’s no danger in linking items. Links can easily be deleted. And even spurious links don’t cause problems.

After linking items…

After you link items together with the menu bar icon, the menu bar window returns to its initial state of a single, empty drop zone. There’s no “undo” (yet): No need to panic here: links are harmless. And you can easily find linked items using Spotlight, if they are tagged (which is an option).

Works with any linkable item!

This does not merely work with files, it also works with any linkable item. For example,

  1. drag a web address from Safari (or most other browsers) and drop it onto the menu bar icon, and then
  2. drop a Mail message from Mail , MailMate or Airmail and drop it onto the menu bar icon.

Again, presto, the web page and mail message are linked.

Now, the next time you invoke the Hook window (using ⌘⇧spacebar) on one file, you will see the other file. So you can instantly navigate between them.

You can also drag and drop multiple items together to link them all at once or in two steps. See mesh linking.

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