Finding lost (auto-saved) files on a mac (for computer dummies like me!)

• Sep 7, 2022 - 00:20


I'm trying to find the auto-saved Musescore files on my Mac, and I've seen previous posts about this. Particularly one in which this was stated:

Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/MuseScore/MuseScore3/
Note: The "~" in the path above is required to access the Library directory in your Home folder. /Library/Application Support/ (without "~" at the beginning) will take you to a separate folder location where you will not find the MuseScore folder you need.

However, I've always been confused by the Macs organizational structure, and don't know where to begin to follow this chain: ~/Library/Application Support/MuseScore/MuseScore3/

Do I type this into Finder? (doesn't seem to work) Do I find the Library folder, then the Application Support folder, then the Musescore folder, etc? (can't find the generic Library folder to begin with)

Sorry for my computer illiteracy, but any specific help on this would be much appreciated!


Disclaimer: I don't have a Mac and not used one for several years.

These folder paths are indeed chains to follow; for myself I'd resort to typing that as part of a "cd" command in the terminal. But since you've stated being a computer dummy, let's not go there and indeed use Finder.

Your biggest problem with following this chain "~/Library/Application Support/MuseScore/MuseScore3/" is knowing where to start, right? The "~" means the home folder (= your user folder) and every part between two slashes "/" means a subfolder within it.

  1. Open Finder
  2. In its menu, use "Go → Home"
  3. From there click through to each respective subfolder: First to "Library", then to "Application Support" within that Library folder, etc..

You should also be able to directly navigate to the Library folder from the Finder's Go menu

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