13 Replies Latest reply: Jul 28, 2011 4:23 PM by computechrx
Poikkeus Level 4 (2,785 points)

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 (57,110 points)

    In Finder...

     

    Press and hold Option key

     

    Click Go on the menu bar

     

    Choose Library


  • dwb Level 7 (22,595 points)

    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.

  • Poikkeus Level 4 (2,785 points)

    So far, so good! I was able to restore three folders to the Finder menu. I added them to the Sidebar, as suggested.

     

    However, for some reason, I can't seem to bring up the most important and elusive folder of all: Library. How can I get that Folder to appear in the Sidebar? Where exactly is it located?

     

    Thanks again!

  • computechrx Level 1 (20 points)

    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 (8,315 points)

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

  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
  • Poikkeus Level 4 (2,785 points)

    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."

     

    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."

     

    Is there anything else I can do to bring back my Library Folder? How can I make it appear?

     

    Thanks so far for your help!

  • Colin Robinson Level 6 (8,315 points)

    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 (8,315 points)

    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 (8,315 points)

    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 (8,315 points)

    Glad you got there in the end!

  • Poikkeus Level 4 (2,785 points)

    Fixed! The advice from Colin Robinson and The Hatter worked perfectly. I scrolled down the list of files, and now the Library appears as it did in its pre-Lion days. Interestingly, the case of the missing Library only happened to my iMac; my MacBook Pro is organized like before.

     

    Thanks again, all -- and I've definitely learned some new things about Lion.

  • computechrx Level 1 (20 points)

    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.