Mavericks offers option to show user Library

If you would like your user Library to always be visible, now it can be with a built-in toggle instead of using Terminal commands or third-party utilities.

When Apple introduced OS X Lion, it changed the default view of the user's home folder to no longer show the Library folder. This change arguably offered less clutter; however, this resulted in a number of people frustrated when needing to access contents of this folder.


Apple did include a link to the Library folder in the Go menu of the Finder; however, even this was relatively hidden, and required you hold the Option button when clicking the menu to reveal it.

View options in OS X Mavericks
OS X Mavericks has an option to show the user Library at all times. Screenshot by Topher Kessler/CNET

For those who needed to access their Library, workarounds included using the Terminal to run commands that changed its hidden status, or by revealing the folder through the built-in and supported options, and then dragging it to the Finder sidebar or otherwise linking to it.

However, in Mavericks it appears Apple has recognized the need for some users to have the user Library folder readily accessible, and has added an option to toggle its presence in the Finder.

To toggle this option on, simply open a new Finder window and go to your home folder. Then press Command-J or choose "Show View Options" from the View menu. When done, you should see an option to "Show Library Folder" among other view options, which can be checked to reveal the Library folder.

This feature will not be needed for all users, so if you have no need to regularly access the Library folder, then you can keep it hidden, and accessing it will be the same as in Mountain Lion. However, if you are regularly accessing configuration files and other details in your Library, then you can now keep it visible without having to resort to Terminal commands or third-party utilities.

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    Topher, an avid Mac user for the past 15 years, has been a contributing author to MacFixIt since the spring of 2008. One of his passions is troubleshooting Mac problems and making the best use of Macs and Apple hardware at home and in the workplace.


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