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Where do I find my Library folder?

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Poikkeus Level 4 Level 4 (2,775 points)
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Jul 28, 2011 2:09 PM

I have an iMac and a MacBook Pro, both performing well in Lion.

 

Everything seems to be there in my MBP. However, on my iMac, I four folders seem to be missing: Library, Pictures, Movies, and Music. I doubt I've lost any folders - they just don't appear on my Finder. Where do I find these folders, and how can I get them to appear in the Finder again? A Spotlight search for these folders yields no results.

 

Thanks for your help!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,110 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:11 PM (in response to Poikkeus)

    In Finder...

    Press and hold Option key

    Click Go on the menu bar

    Choose Library


  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,695 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:19 PM (in response to Poikkeus)

    Anamusic is right. And if it is a folder you visit frequently you might want to create an alias and either put it in your home directory or the window sidebar. I'm much happier now that I can find it in my home directory again.

  • computechrx Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:37 PM (in response to Poikkeus)

    Information that helped me restore my Library folder:

     

     

    "Apple hid the Library folder which is usually in your Home folder. After a little bit of searching, I found the answer on how to unhide it.

     

    Because it is a folder hidden by Apple, it is flagged, so the Terminal command would be:

     

                                     chflags nohidden /Users/<Username>/Library

     

     

    This is especially helpful in Lion, yet it can be used in previous versions of Mac OS X."

  • Colin Robinson Level 6 Level 6 (8,290 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:38 PM (in response to computechrx)

    Same result as Anamusic, and more scary for people who don't like messing with Terminal commands

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  • Colin Robinson Level 6 Level 6 (8,290 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 3:02 PM (in response to Poikkeus)

    Poikkeus wrote:

     

    We're getting there...I get a sense I'm missing something elementary.

     

    I followed these directions:

     

    In Finder...

    Press and hold Option key

    Click Go on the menu bar

    Choose Library


    When I Go (to Folder), a small pane says "Go to the folder," and then I click the "Go" command. I get a message that says, "The folder can't be found."

     

    You've missed the bit Choose Library - it appears in the list only when you hold the Option key and is between Home and Computer. It's more obvious if you click Go first and then Option

     

    Regards,

    Colin R.

  • Colin Robinson Level 6 Level 6 (8,290 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 3:04 PM (in response to Colin Robinson)

    Not this:

    Screen Shot 2011-07-28 at 23.02.55.png

     

    Try this:

    Screen Shot 2011-07-28 at 23.03.35.png

     

    And then hold the key down.

  • Colin Robinson Level 6 Level 6 (8,290 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 3:06 PM (in response to Colin Robinson)

    But this doesn't seem right at all:

    Then, I tried the Terminal command (chflags nohidden /Users/<Username>/Library), which I pasted into Terminal. I get a message from Terminal, "No such file or directory."

     

    Have you really lost your Library?

  • Colin Robinson Level 6 Level 6 (8,290 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 3:11 PM (in response to Poikkeus)

    Glad you got there in the end!

  • computechrx Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 4:23 PM (in response to Poikkeus)

    You got it fixed...congratulations! and thanks for the points. I forgot to clarify that you had to substitute "your username" in the Terminal command where <Username> is located. Just pasting it as is would cause the error message that you received.

     

    Good luck.

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