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How to Make the Library Visible on macOS Sierra


Since OS X Lion, the Library folder has been hidden by default, and this trend cotinues even the latest Mac operating system macOS Sierra was released. As the Library folder contains many preferences, caches, plug-in and support data that install applications need to use, when you try to uninstall certain apps (especially those large applicaions like Adobe Photoshop CC, security software, or malicious programs), you might need to manually delete its leftovers over there. But how to do it right?

In this article I would like to share with you the tricks to access to the User Library folder quickly, and to always show it on your Finder. Read on if you are interested.

Remember: the system level /Library folder is different from the user level ~/Library.

There are multiple ways to access to the User Library folder in macOS:


  1. Open the Finder from the Dock, pull down the Go menu and hold down the Shift key. Then you will see the Library option from the drop down list.
  2. In a Finder Window, hit Command+Shift+L keys together to jump to the ~/Library directory of the active user account. The folder will open up automatically.
  3. In the Finder, go to the Safari menu on the top bar, and choose Go to Folder option from the list. Then type ~/Library in the box and hit Enter key to open the folder.

If you need to access to ~/Library folder frequently, you can set the Finder to always show the User Library directory in the user home. Here’s how to make it happen:

  • Go to the Users home folder in Finder, then pull down the View menu on the top bar and choose View Options from the list to open up the View setting window.
  • Choose Show Library Folder in the settings options for the User home folder.


So that’s the tricks to make User Library Visible on macOS. The aformentioned ways also works in Mac OS X versions El Capitan and Yosemite. Have you got it now?


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