Can you no longer find your Pictures folder after upgrading to macOS Big Sur or buying a Mac with Big Sur preinstalled? In older versions of macOS, you could navigate to the Pictures folder by clicking {your-name} under Favorites in Finder. Although it’s been hidden now, you can easily bring it back.

Here’s how:

In Finder’s top menu, click Go > Home. You’ll see a number of folders including Pictures.

Pictures folder in macOS Big Sur

Simply drag and drop it into the sidebar under Favorites. Done!

(Another way to do this: Finder > Preferences > Sidebar > add a check mark to Pictures.)

PS: If you are looking for the Pictures folder, you probably want to access your Photos Library by right-clicking and selecting Get Info? To find out what lies within your Photos library and how to access it safely, read this short article.

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Qingping Bat and Apple Soup

Serves 4

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