Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OS X 10.7 & Up | 3 Methods to Un-Hide the User Library Folder

Beginning in OS X 10.7 (Lion), Apple began hiding the User "Library" folder.  Unfortunately there is a lot of information that many users must access within this folder, on a regular basis.

At first, I thought that they had just done away with the folder all together, and restructured the file system.  It was only after scouring the internet for various tutorials on different things, that I noticed that they all had one thing in common. OS X Lion and Mountain Lion tutorials were still adding the step of going to the User "Library" folder.

So I soon realized that Apple hadn't done away with the thing, they had  merely hidden the precious container of vital information.

So in this tutorial, I will show (3) ways to make the User "Library" folder visible.  Two are temporary and one is permanant.


Temporary Method #1:

  1. Go to finder.
  2. Press cmd + shift + g (opens Go To Folder box)
  • Or hit the 'Go' menu then choose 'Go To Folder' (either way it's the same result) and a search-type box appear.

  1. Type “~/Library” (without quotes) in the search box and the Library folder will open.
  2. After the folder opens, grab the title icon with the mouse and drag it to either:

  • Top of the "Toolbar" of the Finder window.

  • To the "Favorites" in the Sidebar of the Finder window.

Temporary Method #2

  1. Go to Finder
  2. Hit the 'Go' Menu
  3. While the list is visible, press the 'Option' key and you will see “Library” appear and disappear as you push and release the Option key.

Make Library folder visible permanantly.

In the image below, you see how the User's home folder looks by default.

  1. Launch 'Terminal'
  2. Enter the command (without quotes)

  • "chflags nohidden ~/Library"

    After entering the command, the "Library" folder will instantly be visible.

  1. To return it to a hidden state of being, enter the command (without quotes).
  • "chflags hidden ~/Library"

I hope this tutorial has helped with this very annoying addition to OS X Lion and Mountain Lion.


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