You can control the following behavior of Hook on the General tab:


You can control whether or not Hook launches at login.

Linking behavior

Apply Hook Finder tags to files when linking them.

If you check this, then whenever you link a file to something, Hook will apply a Finder tag to them. This will allow you to find the file later using Spotlight with the keyword-value pair “tag:Hook” in Spotlight. This does not apply to objects (e.g., even though Mail stores messages as Files, Hook doesn’t apply Finder tags to them, because they wouldn’t necessarily persist.)

When clicking on a hook://file link in an app’s window, reveal the file in Finder rather than opening it

By default, clicking or opening hook:// links directly opens the linked resource. If this is checked, Hook will reveal linked files instead of directly opening them. Links to resources which are not files (eg. webpages and notes in will still directly open.

One might prefer this because they are not comfortable following links which can open arbitrary files on their system.

Linked files in the Hook window still directly open because they have all been linked by the user and can not be files of unknown origin.

Play menu bar icon linking sounds

This checkbox controls whether sounds are played when you create links with Hook (whether via the Hook window or the menu bar icon).

About Notifications

By default, Hook issues notifications macOS notifications when you create links. You can disable and configure Notifications in the macOS Apple menu > System Preferences > Notification pane. See Apple’s documentation on notifications.

Export and Import of link data (Advanced feature)

For instructions on backing up and restoring Hook links, see this web page. See also instructions on migrating Hook between Macs.

Hook’s General Preferences tab an “Export” and an “Import” button. In the unlikely event that Hook data become corrupted, you can export your Hook links and re-import them. This process may detect and remove inconsistent data. You can also use the export/import buttons to compact the Hook link database. When you export Hook links, Hook does not include links to files that are not currently mounted / reachable. This effectively purges links to files that have been deleted or on media that you no longer use. However, this leads to the following caution.

You need to ensure that all mobile /removable directories, to which you have links that you wish to preserve, are connected at the time of both exporting and importing. That includes version control system folders, shared folders (Dropbox folders, etc.), and removable media (external drives, disk images, etc.).

If you would like to backup and restore Hook links without being concerned about whether the included files are currently reachable, use the backup and restore procedures explained at the beginning of this section.