For those of you who have upgraded to the latest version of Mac OS X since its launch last week, there are quite a few things to become accustomed to, most of which I’m beginning to be a fan of (more on that in a future post…). One of the items I found missing from Lion is the ability to easily see the Library folder, usually found in MacintoshHD/Users/[homefolder]/ destination, clearly seen in previous Mac operating systems.
No Library to be seen.
Many of you have been told (even by me!) to ignore the Library folder and its contents, and that the computer will be happier in the long run. It’s the pipework and electricity that makes up the foundation of the computer – leave it to the experts to deal with it. However, if you’re like me and regularly manage iWork templates, Automator workflows and Services, and perform basic preference file troubleshooting tasks, I missed easily seeing it.
There are a few places on the internet that teach you how to use a Terminal command to show the folder. But for those of us who are scared by the command line, here are a couple of quick and easy alternatives:
- Use the “Go to Folder…” option (Command+Shift+G), typing in ~/Library. Boom! There’s your Library.
- Hold down Option on the Finder’s Go menu. This reveals an option to visit the Library.
Those two easy options should accommodate nearly everyone as an easy solution. If you really need to see the Library folder all the time, use on of the above options and make a shortcut in the Finder’s sidebar for your Library folder, or even add it as a Stack. Enjoy!