Just like the Windows operating system, MacOS has a hidden Library folder that is full of Settings which should not be touched. Deleting some of these Settings will force you to reinstall some apps and can cause the whole system to collapse. It may require a complete and proper reinstall. There will be times when accessing the Library folder will be necessary as many apps put backups in Library folder. Many apps put backups in Library folder, and you may want to back up the backup. You may be personalizing your Mac that will need access to specific library folders. In this blog, we will discuss the way to get there without causing your Mac to collapse.
What is the Library Folder on MacOS?
Library folder is that area of your MacOS where settings are stored. Whenever you install a programme, a folder will be created in the Library for all important settings. This can be anything from the plugins to preference files to log files. It is hidden because some people are clumsy and don’t have an idea what are they deleting. It is too late when they realize that something they have elected should not be deleted.
Access Library Folder the Easy Way.
If you want to access it occasionally, then it is probably the fastest way.
- Just open Finder or click on desktop.
- Tap on Go in the menu bar.
- Choose Go to Folder.
- It is possible to skip this clicking by pressing Command+Shift+G on the keyboard to access Go to Folder menu.
- Enter ~/Library in the box and click Enter.
- The ~ is a universal UNIX symbol for the current user’s folder
- The library is that subfolder you are trying to open. When you press enter, you will see the Library folder.
Whatever changes you want to make can be made from here now. The icon for Library folder will fade that means that the folder is hidden.
Unhide Library Folder Permanently
You can unhide the folder as well. To do this:
- Open Finder.
- Go to your home folder.
- This can be done by clicking the name of your username in the sidebar or by typing Command+Shift+H on the keyboard.
- Now tap View in menu bar followed by Show View Options.
- View Options window will pop up now.
- Make sure that Show Library Folder is checked.
- Close window and Library folder will be visible.
- The library folder is no longer hidden now.
It will now stay visible until you change this setting again. If you are that kind of user who wants to pull things sharply, then leave it visible but try not to leave it visible on someone else’s computer.