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Yesterday a reader question came in about making the macOS Library folder visible in Time Machine. Because Apple hides this directory both in the Finder and in the backup. However, if you want to restore a file or folder (for example "Mail") from the library using Time Machine, you will be faced with a puzzle. In the following I will show you the solution.
Let's look at the first Library folder in the “Macintosh HD” directory. This is visible by default. Files from it can be restored or reverted to an earlier state by opening the Finder, selecting the hard drive in it and then opening the Time Machine overview (e.g. with the Finder open in Spotlight (cmd + spacebar) enter "Time Machine" and confirm).
It works a little differently in the user directory, where there is also a "library". The folder is hidden by default. If you have hidden files and folders hidden, then it is important to make them visible first. Show hidden files in macOS is quick and easy with the Key combination cmd + Shift + period ("⌘⇧."). With this trick you can Finder now display and open the Library folder of the user directory. Then call up the Time Machine overview – and use old saves and file versions.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.