If you’re a relatively experienced Mac user, you know that there’s a folder called /Library under your user folder where things like personal application data, some apps data, and other user-specific data are held. You likely don’t need to access this folder very often, but there are occasions where it is helpful or even necessary to look at and work with this folder.
In OS X Lion, the folder is not shown in Finder by default. So here are just a couple quick ways to see and work with the /Library folder:
– To see it just once or on occasion: In Finder, click on the Option key on the keyboard while clicking the Go menu. The Library folder will then appear right under the Home folder icon. You can also use the ‘Go to Folder’ command and type in Library – you’ll need to do this when you have already selected your own user folder.
– To permanently unhide it: While logged in with your normal user account, open the Terminal app and type this command:
chflags nohidden ~/Library
If you ever want to make it hidden again, open Terminal and use this command:
chflags hidden ~/Library
There are a large number of other methods that can be used for un-hiding the /Library folder – which is perhaps a good indication of how many users don’t like the change in Lion to hiding it by default. For a great rundown of no less than 18 methods, check out this article at MacWorld Australia: