Mavericks: Easily Make User Library Folder Visible

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One of the many perks of upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks is that it’s now much easier to make your user Library folder visible. Since Lion, Apple began hiding users’ Library folders, but for good reason. Most of the stuff in there doesn’t need to be touched by the average user, but for power users it was just an annoying barrier.

One could easily navigate to the folder with a keyboard modifier or even unhide it permanently from within the Terminal (among other methods). However, it seems as though Apple’s had a change of heart and now provides a much easier way to show that all too useful user Library folder.

Firstly, for those who don’t know why you’d want your user Library folder visible or even don’t know what it is, this tip isn’t for you. Messing with things within your Library folder can really screw things up for you, so just stay away. If you’re still with us, here’s how to make it happen:

1. Open a new Finder window
2. Navigate to your Home directory by selecting the Go menu and clicking Home (⌘-Shift-H)
3. Select the View menu and click Show View Options or by using ⌘-J
4. Check the box next to Show Library Folder

View Options

There you have it, it’s that easy now! For those who want to occasionally access their Library folder without making it visible, all you have to do is select the Finder, open the Go menu, hold (Option), and click Library

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‘Bout time.


This does not, however, make the Library immediately accessible from the Go menu in Finder. Help a non-Terminal-guru out: is there a sudo for that?

Michael Johnston

tonywardmusic: I don’t believe there’s a way to get it to be visible in the Go menu without holding option. The next best thing would likely be a keyboard shortcut.


Slick! Thanks.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I hope this is the last attempt at iOSification of the Mac. If it goes any further, we won’t even be able to see the files in that folder.

Cheri Marsh Zahm

Thank you so much!! Thanks for being here to help!

Cheri Marsh Zahm

Thank you so much! Thank you for being here to help!

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