How to access the Home folder on a Mac?

Firstly, it’s useful to know that the Home folder is not named ‘Home.’ It uses a Home icon, but its actual name is the name you give your user account. So it lives in the User folder and will contain everything you would normally find in the user folder (along with any guest user files).

If you like to have shortcuts to everything you need on a regular basis, then placing Home in the Finder menu is one of the most effective ways to do that. Making it easier to jump between folders, from Documents to Downloads and back again, quickly and easily.


How to find the Home folder on a Mac?

Here are a few ways you can find the Home folder:

  1. Use the keyboard shortcuts in the Finder: Command-Shift-H.
  2. Or use the Go dropdown menu, where Home - although it isn’t called that when it opens - will show up in that menu.
  3. Searching using Siri for the Home folder, or the folder named after your username will also highlight the Home folder.

Once you’ve found this, it makes sense to make it permanently visible and easy to find. Here is how you can do that:

  1. Select the Home folder in Finder.
  2. Hit the Command-up arrow to drag Home up to the next level in the Finder menu.
  3. Now you can easily position this in the Finder sidebar.

Another way to do this is to go to Finder > Preferences. Within this, you can pin the folders you want regular access to in the sidebar.

Click the Sidebar tab, then check the boxes for the folders you want visible in the Sidebar, which can include Home. And there you go: one way or another, you can access Home and everything it contains whenever you want.


How to find the Home folder easily

Fortunately, there is a quicker way to access your Home folder — with the help of the Space Lens tool in CleanMyMac X. In just a few clicks, you can build your storage map and see all the files and folders on your Mac. 

  1. Download and install CleanMyMac X.
  2. Launch the app. 
  3. Choose Space Lens. 
  4. Click Scan to build your storage map.
  5. Double-click Users folder and you'll see your Home folder.

Here's how mine looks:

You can open the folder to see all the files it contains:


How to rename your Home folder?

Another thing you can do, if it would be useful, is to rename the Home folder. In the same way that any of the core Mac folders can be renamed, you need to this through System Preferences.

  1. Go to System Preferences.
  2. Go to the Users & Groups tab.
  3. Click the Lock icon to unlock Users & Groups preferences. Only do this if you’ve got Mac admin rights.
  4. Select the username you want to change.
  5. Click on Advanced Options to change the name.
  6. Change the following details: Account name, Full name and Home directory.
  7. Click OK. Apple will ask you to confirm your username password.
  8. Now this should change the name of the Home folder (along with your username/user ID).
  9. Restart your Mac for these changes to take effect.

 One reason for wanting access to the Home folder is that everything is not working as well as it should. Or as well as it once did. If your Mac is running slower, maybe overheating, or something simply doesn't feel right, it might be time for a quick checkup and tidy up. You can review the health of your Mac and give it a thorough clean with the app I've mentioned above — CleanMyMac X. It had dozens of tools to clean gigabytes of space, speed up your Mac and scan it for malware and viruses. Try it out!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

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