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.
- - Portals: Desktop Organization is the most popular Windows alternative to Fences.
- - Portals: Desktop Organization is the most popular free alternative to Fences.
Portals: Desktop Organization Features
Comments about Portals: Desktop Organization as a Alternative to Fences
Free and beautiful. A must have.0
It looks like windows native.0
Organizes desktop into customizable containers - showing folders (e.g.: local folders, network locations) contents, displayed as icons/thumbnails on scrollable surface. In-built thumbnail engine is capable of displaying thumbnails for supported Open Documents and PSD images, but...
Comments about Nimi Places as a Alternative to Fences
Free, and it works almost the same. Just has a little more setup than Fences does.3
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 free1
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.5
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.-2
It will not organize my icons on my desktop.6
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.
Comments about Sideslide as a Alternative to Fences
Very full featured program with a steep learning curve, but it's worth it.0
Running it triggers my virus scanner (BitDefender) about malware injection.0
It's a very comprehensive program with lots of features that can change the way you work with Windows.0
Because it's not similar and easy to use like Fences that is a very intuitive application1
You are free to choose double-click on the desktop and move mouse to the corner of the screen, such as a hot key, how to display more than 100.
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.Warning
XLaunchPad setup installs adware extensions for browsers. VirusTotal result: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/2a8eca9357cfae211564426dc461832ca2de70a9318ecba0468c4586fc4f4ffc/analysis/1426619620/ WOT comments: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/xwidget.com
Folderview Screenlet is a Linux alternative to Fences (which is for Windows).
- - Folderview Screenlet is the most popular Linux alternative to Fences.
Folderview Screenlet FeaturesDiscontinued
The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.9.9, released in August 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
Opinions about Folderview Screenlet as a Alternative to Fences
iTop Easy Desktop is a free and easy-to-use desktop manager to organize your desktop apps, files, and folders according to your rules, freeing you from laboriously sorting desktop icons. It delivers various practical features including but not limited to grouping desktop items...
iTop Easy Desktop Features
Restore your desktop when the icons get “rearranged”.
Melba23 and I found we were working on very similar ideas to restore the Desktop icons to their normal place if they became “rearranged”. Vista seems to like this doing on occasion just for fun – but we all know some applicat.
- - ICU - Icon Configuration Utility is the most popular Open Source alternative to Fences.
ICU - Icon Configuration Utility Features
Comments about ICU - Icon Configuration Utility as a Alternative to Fences
It only keeps the icons arranged, don't let you make fences which I think is the best feature of it.0
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.
- - iCollections is the most popular Mac alternative to Fences.
- - iCollections is the most popular commercial alternative to Fences.
Comments about iCollections as a Alternative to Fences
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.0