How to Open the User’s Library Folder on macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or Later

Sometimes, you need to access the /Library folder that’s in your home folder (the one with the house icon and your user name). For a while now, this folder has been hidden.

Previously, you could access this by press the Option key, then selecting the Go menu in the Finder. The Option key would add Library to the list of locations in that menu. But this was changed when 10.12.2 was released. Instead of pressing the Option key, you need to press the Shift key. You can also open that folder more easily by pressing Command-Shift-L.

Go menu

Not a big deal, but if you’re used to using the Option key, you may be surprised to find it doesn’t work any more.

You can also ensure that this Library folder displays by entering your home folder, then displaying the View Options window (View > Show View Options), and checking Show Library Folder.

H/t Michal Tsai.

4 thoughts on “How to Open the User’s Library Folder on macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or Later

  1. This is interesting because I was ready to swear this new Shift shortcut was in the pre-release Sierra betas. And I still have 10.12.1 beta on a partition and it uses Shift and not Option.

  2. 10.12.3 here and it’s the option key for me as well (though i just keep it visible because it bothers me to have it hidden). it’s been years since they hid it by default and i still can’t grasp the reason for it. sure, a novice might be able to wreck havoc in there, but that doesn’t strike me as a reasonable explanation for hiding it. it’s not like it’s /usr/bin or someplace where you could do some SERIOUS damage to your system, after all. AH WELL, at least they wised up and gave us the option to show it if we wanted.

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