Inside the briefcase Home (the cottage) c’ it is a briefcase Bookstore (~ / Library), accessible only from you, that you/he/she is used for filing the files of support of the applications and, in some cases, the data. The files and the briefcases in ~ / Library is generally destined not to be open from the consumer, but if you use Mac OS X from some, it is probable that you have put there the hands inside. You have perhaps had to cancel a file of the preferences contaminated that he/she sent in crash an application, or to use a file of log. In every case, you/he/she has been enough to open the briefcase Home to access the briefcase Bookstore.

If you are just passed to Lion, perhaps you will already have noticed that your briefcase Bookstore has disappeared. In reality it is there always to his/her place, but, Apple has decided to make her/it invisible. Presumably The reason for this choice is for avoiding that people with little familiarity with the inside operation of Mac OS X can begin to rummage, to move and to cancel file, for then to discover that the applications don’t work well, the formulations of the softwares there are not more, or. worse. they miss the data. This is the same reason for which Apple has always hidden the containing briefcases the basic Unix of OS X: / Bin, / sbin, / usr, and similar.

Why to hide ~ / Bookstore but not / Bookstore, the similar briefcase that is found in the principal level of the disk, that contains the files of support for the whole system? Very probably because only the consumers admin can modify / Bookstore, and Apple supposes that a consumer with privileges of level admin knows what you/he/she is doing. Yes, I become me account that is a debatable presupposition, since the first account consumer on a Mac is always shaped as an account administrator, but this is material for another article.

Also understanding the motivations of Apple, there are many valid motives for which a consumer could need to access his/her own briefcase Bookstore. Luckily, as anticipated, the briefcase is alone hidden, and there are well 9 systems to visualize her/it, what to choose depends on the frequency with which you will have need to access the briefcase.

Occasional access

If you are the type of consumer that “visit” rarely ~ / Bookstore, but you would like to be able to open her/it in case of necessity, these methods they are for you.

- To use “you Go to the briefcase”: The command you Go to briefcase, in the menu you Go of the Finder (accessible also pressing Capital-.-G), you/he/she has been for a long time the most rapid sitema to access the invisible briefcases as / Volumes and / usr: it is now also useful for the access to the briefcase Bookstore. Digitare is enough ~ / Library and to make click on Goes for visualizing the briefcase in the window of the Finder.

- Option-click on the menu you Go: in Lion, as in Snow Leopard, the briefcase Bookstore of the consumer is not included in the menu you Go of the Finder. But in Lion, with Option-click on the menu you Go, “magically” the briefcase Bookstore appears. It is enough to select the voice Bookstore from the menu to open her/it in the Finder.

- To use a “launcher”: the greatest part of utility as for instance Alfred, Butler, LaunchBar and Launcher, allows to quickly open the briefcases in the Finder. Launcher will for example, allow you to assign a keyboard shortcut for ~ / Library; pressing the combination of keys in any moment will open the briefcase in the Finder.

Frequent access, but it is desired to maintain the invisible briefcase

These procedures are for the people that enter ~ / Library often enough, but that they want to maintain the invisible briefcase however. To be able to use one of these options, however, is necessary to access the briefcase ~ / Library using one of the procedures described in the preceding section.

These procedures are for the people that enter ~ / Library often enough, but that they want to maintain the invisible briefcase however. To be able to use one of these options, however, is necessary to access the briefcase ~ / Library using one of the procedures described in the preceding section.

- To use the menu recent Briefcases: if the briefcase Bookstore has been open recently, it will appear in the sottomenu recent Briefcases in the menu you Go of the Finder. Selecting here her from, it will open in the Finder.

- To add her/it in the Dock: Once opened the briefcase ~ / Library in the Finder, is enough to drag the icon in the bar of the title of the window of the Finder in the Dock. In alternative, if he is visualizing the briefcase Librerianel Finder, it is possible to drag his/her icon in the Dock.

- To add her/it in the toolbar of the Finder: Once opened the briefcase ~ / Library in the Finder, and after being him insureds that the bar of the Finder is visible (Sight / Show toolbar), you drag the icon of the briefcase Bookstore in the bar of the window of the from the Finder in the toolbar of the window, or if is visualizing the briefcase Bookstore in the Finder, you drag its icon (you/he/she could be necessary to hold pressed the icon on the toolbar for a second or down of there before seeing the green icon you Add (+) that points out that it is possible to add the briefcase.

- To add her/it in the side bar of the Finder: once opened the briefcase Bookstore, it is possible to drag her/it in the side bar of the Finder (to make sure that the side bar is visible: Sight / Show side bar), therefore to drag the icon of the briefcase Library from the Finder or the icon in the bar of the title in the section Preferred of the side bar of the window.

- To create alias a: once opened the briefcase Bookstore in the Finder, you hold pressed .-option and to drag the briefcase Bookstore or the icon in the bar of the title of the window of the Finder on the Desktop. In this way a will be created alias (connection) to the briefcase Bookstore; it is possible to insert alias this where he holds more profit.

Visible in permanent way

To be able the briefcase to make Bookstore visible is enough to launch the Terminal (Applications / Utility) and digitare the following lace:

Chflags nohidden ~ / Library/

The Bookstore consumer will immediately be visible in the briefcase Home (the cottage). To return to the standard formulations of Lion digitate the following command in the Terminal:

Chflags hidden ~ / Library

 

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