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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.

Fences alternatives are mainly Desktop Customization Tools but may also be Application Launchers or File Organizers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Fences.
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  • Windows

Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable and...

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  1. Folderview Screenlet icon

    Folderview Screenlet

    • FreeProprietary
    • Linux
    • Screenlets

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

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated.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. 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.

    Desktop with 2 folder portals present.
    Portals: Desktop Organization vs Fences opinions
    pros, cons and recent comments
    rosspatdev

    It looks like windows native.

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    Sideslide

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

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    Sideslide vs Fences opinions
    Some users think Sideslide is a great alternative to Fences, some don't.
    adwhaan

    Running it triggers my virus scanner (BitDefender) about malware injection.

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    It's a very comprehensive program with lots of features that can change the way you work with Windows.

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    Because it's not similar and easy to use like Fences that is a very intuitive application

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  4. iCollections icon

    iCollections

    • Mac

    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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    iCollections vs Fences opinions
    Most users think iCollections is a great alternative to Fences.
    stowagefez0x

    Runs on Mac, has beautiful drawers that auto-shrink, can use (different levels of) transparency, is even more easy to use than Fences on Windows.

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  5. ICU - Icon Configuration Utility icon

    ICU - Icon Configuration Utility

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Restore your desktop when the icons get “rearranged”.

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    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.

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    XLaunchpad

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    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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    ToolBox

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

    Discontinued

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

    Organized Desktop
    Some users think ToolBox is a great alternative to Fences, some don't.
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    Dragthing

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac

    DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop.

    Discontinued

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

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  9. Desktop Groups icon

    Desktop Groups

    • Mac

    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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    Partitions

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

    With the main window, change the appearance of partitions
    Partitions vs Fences opinions
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    chansoftwaresolutions

    I like how this app is free to use with great customizable options.

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