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    DesktopShelves Alternatives

    DesktopShelves is described as 'helps you fight the clutter on your desktop by organizing files on shelves. A shelf the size of 5 icons holds 20 files' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to DesktopShelves for Windows and Mac. The best alternative is Fences. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try DesktopOK or Sideslide. Other great apps like DesktopShelves are ICU - Icon Configuration Utility (Free, Open Source), Portals (Free), iCollections (Paid) and Desktop Restore (Free).

    This page was last updated May 14, 2022
    • Mac
    DesktopShelves helps you fight the clutter on your desktop by organizing files on shelves. A shelf the size of 5 icons...
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    1. Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable and resizable containers for your desktop icons.
    2. Saves and restores the positions of desktop shortcuts.

    3. SideSlide is an advanced, portable, unobtrusive, dockable, skinnable, instantly accessible, highly configurable Desktop Extension on Steroids! Clean desktop clutter and make your computer friendlier and faster than ever before.
    4. Restore your desktop when the icons get “rearranged”.
    5. Create containers (aka Portals) on your desktop which show the contents of a specified folder. Divide your desktop into folders then use Portals to display the contents of the folders in an organized fashion - you can even hide the folders away somewhere else.

    6. iCollections is an expertly designed application which helps you keep your desktop organized. The app's unique features are what make it the most popular method of desktop organization for Mac users.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      It records the layout and positions of icons and programs on the Windows Desktop, and permits restoration of the layout. It appears to operate correctly under Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
    7. Partitions is the ultimate app to help you organize your desktop! Gone are the days of cluttered desktops with dozens (or even hundreds) of files. Using Partitions, you can create groupings of files and shortcuts right on your desktop.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Backup and restore icons position on desktop (and wallpaper) separately for every screen resolution.


      The program is no longer updated. Last version,, released in September 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Save Desktop ICONS positions + customize icons appearance.
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