Sep 27, 2016 A lot of Mac tutorials mention the Library folder, which is where your macOS applications store things like settings and caches. Some settings can only be changed by editing files in the Library. But the Library is hidden by default. Hold down the Alt (Option) key when using the Go menu. The user Library folder is listed below the current user's home directory. Note: After you open the Library folder, you can drag the Library icon from the top of that window to the Dock, sidebar, or toolbar to make it readily accessible.
The new Mavericks update, 10.9.3, has taken away some people's ability to see their /Users directory. Here's how to fix it
- Jan 12, 2020 You can access the hidden Library folder without using Terminal, which has the side effect of revealing every hidden file on your Mac. This method will only make the Library folder visible, and only for as long as you keep the Finder window for the Library folder open.
- Dec 30, 2016 While many Mac users may never need to access their User Library folder while running macOS Sierra — some advanced users, may need to get in there and access support data and such when troubleshooting. The folder is hidden by default in macOS Sierra, but it only take a few moments to access it, or make it so that the folder is always visible.
- Dec 04, 2017 First Method (The Easiest) Go to Finder and drop down the “ Go ” menu. You’ll see that the Library folder is not listed. To make the Library folder appear, press the “ Alt ” key (also known as the Option key) at the bottom left of your keyboard.
Mavericks has been updated to 10.9.3, and a peculiar thing has happened to some people who have applied the update: Their /Users directory has gone missing. More specifically, it's been hidden. Unhiding it isn't a big deal, though it does require you to use a utility that many Mac users never go near: Terminal, the command line interface for OS X.
Since I have tons of photos I wouldn't want to pay for ICloud to have them sync. Once we upload our photos to our computer to our own accounts we delete them from our devices.Is there a way that we can view each other's photos without having to switch between accounts? Mac os add pictures to shared library on local network. Me and my wife have separate Itunes accounts and have separate users on our Mac computer.
This isn't the first time Apple's hidden essential directories from users. When OS X Lion was released in 2011, Apple began to hide the Library folder. The files in there are ordinarily meant to be left alone, so it makes a certain amount of sense to keep it hidden from view to help prevent accidents. What's more, you're still able to access it by holding down the option key while selecting the Go menu in the Finder.
Hiding the Users directory is a little more strange. If you use your Mac exclusively and haven't set up any additional user accounts, this may not be a big deal. But if you're working on a shared Mac and occasionally need to access the other user directories on your computer (say, to copy files between users), this can create a real problem.
The other curious thing about this new issue is that it isn't universal. Many people report that their /Users directory is still visible. But many others have noticed that it's no longer readily available. I'm still scratching my head on that one — it's unclear which state the /Users directory in 10.9.3 should be in, hidden or visible.
Mac Hidden Library Folder
In the interim, if you have this problem, it's easy to correct. At least temporarily.
To unhide your /Users directory
- Open the Utilities folder (inside the Applications folder)
- Double-click on Terminal.
- Type sudo chflags nohidden /Users then return. (If you're doing it while reading these instructions, you can copy and paste that too.)
- You will be prompted to enter your system password. Type it in and then return.
- Click on the Terminal menu and select Quit Terminal.
Show Hidden Library Under Users Mac Os
Your /Users directory will now be visible. Temporarily, anyway. /Users will disappear when you restart.
Update: Reader Yadiel Sotomayor notes that the Go To Folder.. command in the in the Finder will also bring you to the /Users directory, even if it's hidden. To do so:
- Go to the Finder.
- Hold down the shift and command keys and type G.
- In the text entry field, type /Users then click the Go button.
Update 2: Apple has released iTunes 11.2.1, available for download through Software Update, which corrects the problem — looks like it may have bean a bug after all. In the interest of continuity I'm leaving my bloviation about Apple's track record with hiding essential folders from users below.
I felt that Apple was nannyish when they obscured user access to the /Library folder in Lion. Where to put import libraries on a mac. Assuming that Mac users are going to create more trouble for themselves by playing with the /Library folder is like hearing 'children shouldn't play with matches:' Condescending at best.
I'm giving Apple the benefit of the doubt here by assuming that this is a bug that got through at the last minute and not another attempt to restrict user access to the file system. And if there is an intentional restriction to user access, I hope to understand why soon. Hopefully Apple will give us some guidance on why the /Users directory is hidden, or will release a patch to fix it. Until then, this'll help, at least until you restart.
Did you notice your /Users directory went bye-bye with the 10.9.3 update? Is it a problem for you? Let me know in the comments.🍎 ❤️
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