Create a Keyboard Shortcut to Quickly Get to the User Library Folder in OS X

Dec 23, 2011 - 7 Comments

Create a Keyboard Shortcut for Library Access in OS X Lion

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:

  1. Open System Preferences and click on ‘Keyboard’
  2. Click the ‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ tab and then click ‘Application Shortcuts’ from the left
  3. Click the [+] plus icon to add a new keyboard shortcut, select as the Application, then type “Library” exactly in the ‘Menu Title’ box
  4. Select the box below to choose a keyboard combination, I chose Command+Option+Control+L but you can pick something else
  5. 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

Add Keyboard Shortcut for Quick Entry into User Library

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.

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  1. Donovan says:

    Nice tip, I set it to always be visible right after I upgraded to Lion.

    Off topic, but what is the green wallpaper that you have been using for the screen shots? Is it Christmas themed or green?

  2. inginging says:

    You can hold down option key to show it in the Go menu too

  3. Dre says:

    What i did was this: Make your home library folder visible with the ALT key. Then make an alias of the library folder.
    Rename the alias to ‘Library’, now you have always direct access to the folder..

  4. Verena Aibel says:

    It looks great, but I don’t see a “+” in order to add a keyboard shortcut. I have Mac OS X 10.7.4. Thanks. Verena

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