Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 6:12 PM (in response to AJD1170)
The Library folder isn't hidden in 10.6.8. In any Mac OS X version, choosing Go to Folder from the Finder's Go menu and providing ~/Library/ as the path will open it.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 12:39 AM (in response to AJD1170)
Your signature says you have Mountain Lion. Niel's answer is applicable to Snow Leopard, which is what you might expect if you post in the Snow Leopard forum and include that system's number in your title.
On the assumption that you actually have Mountain Lion, just go to the Finder ‘Go’ menu and hold down the Option (Alt) key; the Library folder will appear as a choice. If that's not working then something is wrong with your System (or your keyboard) but you may be able to make the Library appear permanently using the Terminal command
chflags nohidden /users/yourusername/Library
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 6:30 AM (in response to AJD1170)
Finder -> Go -> Option combination no longer reveals the Library folder on the Go menu. How can I bring it back? If I must do it via Terminal, please provide the complete "nohidden" command. Thanks.
It looks like you were on Mountain Lion and got into the habit of opening the Library folder using the option/Go, then now back on Snow Leopard or on another machine and attempting that same habit and it's of course not working.
Apple hid the users ~/Library folder in Lion 10.7+ because they changed things around in there of what it contains, also to keep newbies from sticking stuff in there and deleting preference files etc.
So in Snow Leopard all you have to do is click the username/home folder and the Library folder is right there, it's not hidden at all.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 8:46 AM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
The second sentence in my earlier post is applicable to all Mac OS X versions, and you can use the built-in shortcuts instead of providing the full path:
chflags nohidden ~/Library
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 8:50 AM (in response to AJD1170)
I used this suggestion when I upgraded to Lion. I suppose it will also work with ML.
The following method makes the user library folder permanently visible.
From within Terminal type the following command and press Return:
sudo chflags nohidden ~/Library
Enter system administrator password if prompted and press Return.The System administrator password is not visible as you type it.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 11:06 AM (in response to Niel)
Niel: You may have misunderstood my question. I'm sorry if it was not clear. I know the Library folder isn't hidden in Finder, but it is supposed to be revealed in the GO dropdown menu when you open that menu and hold down the option key. That is what is not working for me, and I'm trying to figure out how to fix that. In the meantime, I dropped the Library folder on the Finder sidebar, which works, but I still want to fix the GO menu.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 11:02 AM (in response to AJD1170)
It's working as intended. That option in the Go menu is only supposed to be there in Mac OS X 10.7 and newer; it's not supposed to be there in 10.6.8, and there's nothing to fix.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 11:06 AM (in response to AJD1170)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 11:14 AM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
Roger Wilmut1 wrote:
I just checked in Snow Leopard and in fact it doesn't appear, with or wthout the option key:
There wasn't a need for it in Snow Leopard as the ~/Library folder wasn't hidden.
107+ and above is when Apple decided users needed more savings from themselves.
Windows hides a lot of folders as well, to find them one has to type the path in the window address field.