Sometimes you might want to copy a file, or make sure a file is moved instead of copied. Yoink behaves the same way as the Finder here:
- To force a copy of a file, keep the option key (⌥) on your keyboard pressed during the entire drag operation
- To force a move of a file, keep the command key (⌘) on your keyboard pressed during the entire drag operation
To quickly select all files in Yoink, you can either:
- Force click onto a file in Yoink or
- Press the option key (⌥) on your keyboard and double-click onto a file in Yoink
Yoink offers a macOS system service - available to you in the Finder’s contextual menu - with which you can add files to Yoink without dragging them.
For this system service, you can set up a keyboard shortcut so you can add selected files in Finder to Yoink even easier.
In System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Services, find “Add Selected Files to Yoink”, select it and set up a keyboard shortcut for it.
Right-click onto a Stack to reveal its files. Select one to show it in Finder.
Right-click onto a file and select Show in Finder.
Add files to Yoink from Terminal.app using this command:
open -a Yoink /path/to/file
See this blog post for more details and how to make it even simpler using a command alias.
To send PDFs from Print dialogs to Yoink, create an alias of Yoink in /Users/yourname/Library/PDF Services/Yoink.app.
If the folder ‘PDF Services’ doesn’t exist, you can create it manually.
Rename the resulting alias file of Yoink.app to anything you wish, like “Add PDF to Yoink”.
Dragging a mail (eml) file from Yoink onto an event in Calendar attaches the mail to that event.
To create a new event from the mail, keep the option key (⌥) pressed as you drag the mail out.
Using Automator, you can easily add multiple attachments from multiple mails quickly and easily.
This blog post explains how you can set it up using Automator (and add a keyboard shortcut).
Yoink accepts any file from Finder, which makes it easy to use with Automator.
This blog post explains how to capture a selective screenshot directly to Yoink - using AppleScript, Automator and Yoink.
Aside from being able to pinning files to Yoink (by clicking the ‘lock’ button next to each file), you can bring back files you previousy moved out of, or removed from Yoink.
To do that, just press Yoink’s keyboard shortcut (by default, F5) for about one second.
Drag Yoink to your Finder window’s toolbar (keep the command-key (⌘) on your keyboard pressed).
Now you can drag any file to it - in any Finder window.
Another way to add files, or app-content, to Yoink is to drag them to its icon in your menu bar.