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With Lion 10.7, how does one access the user library on a time machine backup through the Finder?

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Go to the Finder. In the menu bar, select Go, then hold down Option. Select the "Library" option which appears.

Then enter Time Machine as per normal.

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Thank you. That worked. – Slick Aug 10 '11 at 11:08

If you are accessing your Time Machine Backup with "Browse Other Backup Disks...", like you do if you created a fresh install of your OS, the solution from dan8394 does not work.

Probably because Time Machine can't know that your current Library folder is a newer version of the Library folder in the backup.

However, the solution proposed in a question that was closed as exact duplicate of this one works.

Lri helped me a lot with this answer:

The Library folder is probably just hidden by Finder. You can show all hidden files by running this in Terminal:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -bool true && osascript -e 'quit app "Finder"'

(Note: The part after the && will cause finder to stop, and you may need to restart it. So be aware that any open Finder windows may disappear.)

Changing true to false reverts the setting.

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Thank-you! This is exactly what I needed, and what the Apple Genius wouldn't tell me. – Jim McKeeth Sep 22 '12 at 23:27

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