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I think I already said that in the next-to-last sentence of the first paragraph of the OP, but maybe referring to it as " that Library folder" confused you. DavidH wrote: kefkafloyd wrote: You can also get to the user library folder by holding the Option key when opening the Go menu.

Instead of responding like a haughty, self-important snob trying to rub my nose in for not having the temerity for reading every single flowery word of yours that boiled down to "Hey guys, I figured out option-go lets you get to the library" which all of us have known since You could have simply ignored it, or said "I'm sorry if I wasn't clear, that's what I wound up doing.

I'm sorry I put the smiley at the end of the one-sentence post you quote; I really decided, as I was writing the post, that the next-to-last sentence of the first paragraph in my OP is confusing. My edited result was therefore confusing; I'm sincerely sorry it confused you, kefkafloyd. I'll rewrite the first paragraph of the OP along these lines, since I especially want to get across point a clearly.

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I always use cmd-shift-G and type the path. It does file name completion with the tab key. Pretty fast when you get used to it. I'm sorry, alexr , but I'm just not seeing the 'Show Library Folder' toggle you refer to. In the Finder under macOS This displays a dialog headed "Desktop", which has no such toggle. Wait, I realize what the problem is—and it's rather weird. It seems as if the dialog heading is for the previous folder that was in blue in the column view. Is this a Finder bug, or is there some logic that just escapes me?

So thanks, alexr. Yeah, the precise behaviour of which folder the Finder considers to be the current folder can be a bit confusing in column view, especially once you start to factor in things like aliases. The title bar of the Finder window always shows the current folder which is the target for commands like Show View Options, New Folder, and so on , so keep an eye on that and you'll probably get there eventually.

Failing that, you can always switch to icon view temporarily! I thought it went back even further than that — but I was yet again mistaken. It is at least to me—and anyone who followed the coverage surrounding the release of Lion abundantly clear why Apple chose to hide this folder. Hiding it prevents ignorant I mean this word literally, not pejoratively users with the best of intentions from messing about with the contents of the folder.


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A practice which has lined my pockets with filthy lucre on more than one occasion. But in the end no real harm. Still, not clear my ars Genuine, out-loud, at my desk LOL.

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  8. That should get jaberg bumped up a few Ars ranks for that one. On one of the accounts the Library entry never appears in the Go menu when you hold down the option key.

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    You can see the option symbol appear next to Enclosing Folder at the top of the menu so the key press is definitely registered. Library just never appears. Everything works as expected in the other user account. Never bothered to look into it. Just found it odd in an amusing sort of way. One nice thing about using Path Finder, set to show all invisibles, is that I've never really had to think about this.

    I wish the Finder would have a similar mode. You can press shift-command-. Quote: You can press shift-command-. Please bow slightly as he walks past, everyone. But just for today, otherwise he'll get all insufferable about it. ClarkGoble wrote: I always use cmd-shift-G and type the path.

    This is what I do. I prefer not to show all invisible files, since that just clutters things up with directories and files that I rarely need to touch. I just tried this in the Finder. But thanks anyway, alexr. I did not know this. I've been editing a plist in terminal for this.

    Quote: I just tried this in the Finder. It will certainly show you hidden folders that are marked using the filesystem hidden attribute or that are prefixed with a period. Go to your root level of your hard drive and hit cmd-shift-. Its being hidden is purely a finder display hard coding thing. Also, I accept your apology from earlier and i'm also sorry for going slightly off the handle. DavidH wrote Thank you! DavidH wrote: DavidH wrote Oh, it was posted and mentioned, way back when Lion came out, and there were posts mentioning the option key trick as well as the plist edit.

    It's come up multiple time in previous OS release threads as well. I searched for "hidden library folder" using the forums search and on the first page of results there's a post explaining the option key method as well as the plist. In fact it was a great stretch of my knowledge to realize that I might be looking for something related to AddressBook instead of Contacts; never underestimate the depths of my ignorance in many Mac matters.

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    The overall idea of my OP in this thread was to create a post on the Mac Ach that would be discoverable by a really-ignorant Mac user. Let me give you a real-world example: I have a long-time acquaintance who is also a long-time Mac user. A few weeks ago she revealed that she is not backing up her Mac. I blanched, because I know she is a part-time academic who grades student papers etc.. I then told her about Time Machine, which she had never heard of, and e-mailed her enough additional suggestions that she's started using it our relationship is not close enough that I can visit her at home.

    I don't know if she is using Contacts, but what if she were and ran into a more-serious version of the same problem I had? Prior to last weekend's consultation with Apple Support, would I have known enough to advise her how to recover? If you accidentally deleted your calendars, reminders, bookmarks, or contacts from iCloud - Apple Support wrote: Restore your contacts or bookmarks from an earlier version Sign in to iCloud.

    Click Settings. Click Restore next to the date before you deleted the content. Click Restore again to confirm. I acknowlege that you had to do some digging to learn something that others previously had to learn through whatever means we learned it. It happens. It used to happen. The solution in most of these cases was the same as yours: restore from backup.

    Said backup was requisite for being a client of mine and something that we confirmed or established during the first work session. I can see 2 weeks back everything was good. I do not know what to do from there. First, I suggest taking a quick backup of your contacts as they stand right now. It might not be required, but in case you mess up the restore, or even if you subsequently realise you now have recent updates missing, it's wise to have a safe copy. Firstly, take a fresh Time Machine backup, and then we will make a local extra backup archive just of your contacts:.

    Now you have multiple safe copies, you can go into Contacts, and just delete everyone. All your groups, all your contacts.

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    You can get them all back from your export you just made. You've already got this far, now you need to actually perform the restore The remaining steps are:. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.

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    Restoring all contacts from Time Machine Ask Question. Asked 3 years, 6 months ago. Active 7 months ago. Viewed 7k times. You have a backup - that's good, and it's got valid data which is even better. To restore your contacts, you need to follow these steps: 1 Open Contacts 2 Enter Time Machine 3 Go back in time to find your good data You've already got this far, now you need to actually perform the restore The remaining steps are: 4 Select what you want to restore, there are various ways to do this, one at a time no thanks, or click on the top entry, then shift click on the bottom entry in a list to select the whole list etc.