Create a Keyboard Shortcut to Quickly Get to the User Library Folder in OS X
Using keyboard shortcuts are often the fastest way to navigate around the filesystem in Mac OS X, but OS X 10.7 Lion, Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, and later doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut to access the user library directory by default.
Here is how to add your own keystroke combo to immediately open the ~/Library folder:
- Open System Preferences and click on ‘Keyboard’
- Click the ‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ tab and then click ‘Application Shortcuts’ from the left
- Click the [+] plus icon to add a new keyboard shortcut, select Finder.app as the Application, then type “Library” exactly in the ‘Menu Title’ box
- Select the box below to choose a keyboard combination, I chose Command+Option+Control+L but you can pick something else
- Click “Add” and then click back to the Mac OS X desktop and hit your keyboard shortcut to confirm that the user Library directory opens
Although there are a variety of ways to access the user library directory in OS X Lion, I find keyboard shortcuts to be the fastest. You can also show the library folder at all times in the user home folder with the help of a terminal command, which would mimic the default setting in Mac OS X 10.6.