Clean My Mac User Library Folder

Sep 02, 2016  I think my problem with finding a User Folder is I am the only user of my Mac. Maybe that is why the folder doesn't appear. I remember when using past OS systems seeing that folder on the bottom of my home column. I did need to find the Library folder due to other replies. Thank you for the suggestion. I should have remembered to detail the. Sep 27, 2016 Open Finder, or just click on the desktop. Then click “Go” in the menu bar, and select “Go to Folder”. You can also skip all this clicking by pressing Command+Shift+G on your keyboard to access the Go to Folder menu. Type /Library in the box and hit Enter.

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Your home folder contains many files and folders that apps on your Mac have permission to read or modify. If you use Get Info or other methods to change those permissions, you could experience issues such as these:

  • Changes that you make in System Preferences aren't saved after you quit System Preferences.
  • Changes that you make to the Dock aren't saved after you log out of your user account.
  • Windows that were open the last time you logged out or quit an app (before you changed permissions) open again after you log in or open the app.
  • You're asked for an administrator name and password when moving certain items in the home folder.
  • You repeatedly get a message that macOS needs to repair your Library to run applications.
  • When saving changes to an item, you get a message that the file is locked or you don't have permission to save.
  • Preview, TextEdit, or other sandboxed apps unexpectedly quit when opened.
  • You get an alert that the startup disk has no more space available for application memory.
  • Activity Monitor shows that Safari or SafariDAVClient is using a large amount of system resources.
  • Your Mac performs slowly.
  • iTunes says that your device cannot be synced.
  • Photos and videos that you import into Photos or iPhoto don't appear within the app, but do appear in Finder. Or your library needs to be updated or reselected each time you open Photos or iPhoto.

Reset permissions

Clean My Mac User Library Folder Free

If the issue started after changing the permissions of items in your home folder , use these steps to reset permissions.

  1. Turn on or restart your Mac, then immediately press and hold Command (⌘)-R to start up from macOS Recovery.
  2. You might be prompted to enter a password, such as a firmware password or the password of a user who is an administrator of this Mac. Enter the requested password to continue.
  3. When you see the macOS Utilities window, choose Utilities > Terminal from the menu bar.
  4. Type repairHomePermissions in the Terminal window, then press Return. The Repair Home app opens.
  5. Select your user account, click Next, then enter your administrator password. Click Next unlock the volume and begin resetting permissions on your home directory.
  6. When done, click Exit to return to the macOS Utilities window.
  7. Select Reinstall macOS, then click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall macOS.
Mac library folder

If the issue persists

If resetting permissions doesn't resolve the issue:

Open the Photo Library from the external drive. Export entire photo library mac. Doing that will allow it to use iCloud service.

Mac Format

  1. Make sure that you have a backup of your Mac, then erase your startup disk.
  2. When done, reinstall macOS.
  3. After installation completes and your Mac restarts to the setup assistant, create a new user account using a different name than the one you were using before. Any difference in spelling is enough.
  4. If you made a Time Machine backup, use Migration Assistant to restore all your files from the backup.