[ubuntu] can't find directory: home/$USER/.local

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi, I'm trying to save a menu entry as instructed by this link: http://www.kaibader.de/running-eagle...4/#comment-200 (see bottom of post) to /home/$USER/.local/share/applications but I cannot find the directory. I can't even see as far as /.local. I'm running ubuntu 12.04. I tried to mkdir in terminal which seemed to be accepted, but /.local still doesn't show up in the folder viewer. Can anyone advise me on why this would not be showing up? I am also worried that my attempts to create the folders in terminal may have had a detrimental effect! I am very new to ubuntu/linux and don't really (Hardware)