How to Get Your Library Folder Back in Mac OS X Lion

Posted on July 29, 2011 by

Apple has decided to hide the Library folder in your user account in Mac OS X Lion. The Library folder is used by apps to save data and preferences. A basic user probably wouldn’t ever need access to the Library folder, but it’s important for more advanced users when troubleshooting app issues.

There is a simple solution to access the Library folder from the Go menu. From Finder, hold down the Option key and click on the Go Menu. While the Option key is down, the Library folder will appear in the menu.

But if you would prefer to have access to the Library folder from any Finder window, there is a way to make the folder permanently visible. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Launch Terminal from the /Applications/Utilities folder.
  2. Type this single line and press return to make the Finder visible again. This assumes you are logged into the account in which you want the Library to become visible:
chflags nohidden ~/Library

Once the folder is visible, you can drag it to your Favorites in the Finder Sidebar. If you already had the Library folder in your Favorites before upgrading from Snow Leopard, you should be able to access the folder without doing these steps. But this information is good to know just in case you accidentally remove the Favorite.

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