FAQ – Funter

01. What's the value of Funter?

Funter is a small Mac utility that allows you to view, find and delete hidden files. It is an easy way to show or hide your hidden files and folders and delete useless hidden data. Also, it can make files hidden.

02. What are hidden files?

The OS X system creates hidden system folders which are needed to run the system. After the applications are installed, they can write temporary files to these folders, for instance caches and log files. As they work apps and operating system cache create more and more files. Some of them are unnecessary and can be removed. Moreover, you can make any file or folder hidden to keep them hidden from other’s eyes.

03. Where do hidden files on my USB drive come from?

The Mac OS X operating system automatically creates a hidden folder, .DS_Store, which keeps information about the attributes of files. The problem is that OS X creates .DS_Store folder for each disk, even for local flash drives. That`s why when you use the USB flash drive, junk files are created on it.

04. How does Funter`s searching system differ from Spotlight’s searching system?

Spotlight does not find invisible file or system files. Funter searches even in bundles and packages. It finds hidden files and folders and allows you to remove them in one click. Unlike Spotlight, Funter searches in bundles, packages, hidden and system folders.

05. Why doesn't Spotlight search for hidden files?

Spotlight doesn’t search for hidden files for security reasons. In order not to delete important system files, they are out of Mac users’ view.

06. How to show hidden files with Funter?

After launching Funter, you will find its icon in the menu bar. Click on the icon and switch to “Show hidden files” in a Funter window. To hide hidden, files turn-off “Show hidden files” in a Funter window.

show hidden files on mac

07. How to hide or unhide files with Funter?

There are 2 ways to hide or unhide files with Funter.

  • Use the context menu. Choose the file in Finder, right click on the file icon, select “Hide with Funter” or “Unhide with Funter” in a shortcut menu.
  • Use Funter button in Finder*. Go to a Finder window, choose the file, click there on the Funter icon and select “Hide Hidden Files” or “Unhide hidden Files”.

*Funter integrates to Finder application and adds own command to context menu.
hide files on mac with funter

 unhide hidden files on mac with funter

08. How to find hidden files with Funter?

Go to the Funter window and type the file’s name. Click Enter to start searching.

find hidden files on mac

09. Is it safe to delete hidden files?

Funter allows you to show regular files, hidden files and files in package content. It is possible to make files in package content invisible in order not remove unwanted files by mistake. You can safely remove .DS_Store files and folders, as they are supported files. In other cases, you must understand what are you doing.

delete hidden files on mac

10. Is it possible to see the location of the file?

Yes. Click on the selected file and see at the bottom of the window the files` directory.

11. Is it possible to preview files in Funter?

Yes. Select the file and click on emerged preview button. You can also open selected file in Finder window.
view hidden files on mac

12. Can I restore the file after removing it with Funter?

All files deleted with Funter go to the Mac trash folder. If you need to restore a file go to Trash, select the file and choose “Put back” from a shortcut menu.

funter icon

More about Funter