How to: Make Library visible in OS X 10.8
Need to remove a funky plist (preference) or manually update some file? Then OS X 10.8 Library folder access is a necessity. Here are some quick and easy ways to make Library visible on your Mountain Lion Mac.
First off, there’s the easy and temporary method. In the Finder, click the Go menu and then press the Option key — the Library will appear. However, releasing the Option key makes it disappear again.
Or more permanent way to make the OS X Mountain Lion Library folder can be performed via Terminal and the Command Line.
So, navigate to and open Terminal:
Choose a method…
• Applications > Utilities > Terminal
• Launch Pad > Utilities > Terminal
• Spotlight > Terminal
Next, copy and paste the following command into Terminal and hit Return:
chflags nohidden ~/Library/
Alternately, if you want to hide the Library in your home directory, type or paste this command:
chflags hidden ~/Library
Whether making the Library visible or hiding it, the above commands deliver immediate results — there’s no need to log out or restart — you’ve got a Mac, it just works.
However, there is a quirk in that even after make Library visible via Terminal, it doesn’t show up in the Finder’s Go menu unless you press Option. That’s just odd.
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