Fences Alternatives

    Fences allows you to compartmentalize and organize your desktop by dividing it into sections. As paid Windows software, many of you might be looking for free alternatives to Fences. Also, since it is exclusively available on Windows, others will be looking for similar software available on macOS and Linux.

    This page was last updated Apr 21, 2021

    1. Folderview Screenlet is a Linux alternative to Fences (which is for Windows).


      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.9.9, released in August 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      Almost everyone thinks Folderview Screenlet is a great alternative to Fences.
    2. 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.
      Sideslide vs Fences opinions
      Some users think Sideslide is a great alternative to Fences, some don't.
      It's a very comprehensive program with lots of features that can change the way you work with Windows.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      Because it's not similar and easy to use like Fences that is a very intuitive application
      Negative comment about 1 year ago


    3. 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.
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      Most users think iCollections is a great alternative to Fences.
    4. Restore your desktop when the icons get “rearranged”.
      ICU - Icon Configuration Utility vs Fences opinions
      This alternative is disputed. ICU - Icon Configuration Utility is still a legitimate alternative to Fences, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      It only keeps the icons arranged, don't let you make fences which I think is the best feature of it.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

    5. XLaunchpad gives you instant access to all your shortcuts. Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders. Simply drag one icon over another to create a folder.
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    6. DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop. It puts all your documents, folders, and applications just a single click away. Highly flexible, it allows multiple docks, each customised to suit your exact needs.


      Notice on https://www.dragthing.com/ of discontinuation as of 2019.

    7. ToolBox is an application launcher for Windows operating systems with many amazing features. Easy to install, you can get going in minutes. Its drag & drop interface creates shortcuts to almost anything; applications, drives, folders, even simple files.


      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.97h, released in May 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      Some users think ToolBox is a great alternative to Fences, some don't.
    8. Organizes desktop into customizable containers - showing folders (e.g.: local folders, network locations) contents, displayed as icons/thumbnails on scrollable surface.
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      Nimi Places vs Fences opinions
      Some users think Nimi Places is a great alternative to Fences, some don't.
      Diveji I wanted to organize my desktop the way fences can and it worked out beatifully. I got just what I wanted from Nimi Places for free
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      Free, and it works almost the same. Just has a little more setup than Fences does.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      This performs ONE of Fences' secondary functions: displaying the contents of directories OTHER THAN the Desktop as virtual containers on the Desktop. IT IS NOT for organizing Desktop icons/files or setting up automatic rules for categorization of new Desktop icons/files.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      Nimi Places is not an exact replica of Fences, but(!) it will give you the look and feel. Instead of everything being on your desktop, it links it a folder. I am just going to change my behavior a tad and just know that my files, when placed in the fence, are not stored on the actual desktop. I still have easy access to move the files between the desktop to fence and vice versa, which is most important to me.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      It will not organize my icons on my desktop.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      Just the basic but allows to define area where you can store link...
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      Actually it is better than Fences, giving more control over created fences.
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

    9. The app lets you create groups of related files on your desktop. You can freely move groups of files around on your desktop and add or remove files via drag & drop.
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    10. 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.
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      Partitions vs Fences opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      chansoftwaresolutions I like how this app is free to use with great customizable options.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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