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Revealing files in a hidden folder in Mac OS X
Do you need to get to preferences or data files that are inside a hidden folder such as the "Library" folder of your home folder?
Here's a few ways to get to it...
Opening your home folder's Library folder
If it's your own Library folder, then the quickest way is to activate the Finder, then click into the "Go" menu and hold down the option ("alt") key. That'll make "Library" appear in the menu so that you can choose it.
A similarly quick way is to use the "Go to Folder..." menu command of the Finder, e.g. by pressing Shift-Cmd-G, then enter: "~/Library".
Opening any hidden folder
If it's some other hidden folder or if the Library folder you want to get into is inside a Time Machine backup, then it's a bit more complicated:
Another alternative is to use a program that can search for the hidden folder in question, such as my Find Any File, then pick the right one out of its listing and double click the item to open it in the Finder.