Free 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.

The list of alternatives was last updated on Sep 10, 2020

  • Folderview Screenlet is a Linux alternative to Fences (which is for Windows).
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Fences.

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated.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

    • Free
    • Linux
    • Screenlets
  • SideSlide is an advanced, portable, unobtrusive, dockable, skinnable, instantly accessible, highly configurable Desktop Extension on Steroids!
    Some users think this is a great alternative to Fences, some doesn't.
    • Free
    • Windows
    Gu
    Because it's not similar and easy to use like Fences that is a very intuitive application

    Negative comment • 7 months ago

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  • Organizes desktop into customizable containers - showing folders (e.g.: local folders, network locations) contents, displayed as icons/thumbnails on scrollable surface.
    Some users think this is a great alternative to Fences, some doesn't.
    • Free Personal
    • Windows
    Gu
    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.

    Negative comment • more than a year ago

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    Gu
    It will not organize my icons on my desktop.

    Negative comment • more than a year ago

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    Gu
    It will not organize my icons on my desktop.

    Negative comment • more than a year ago

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  • Restore your desktop when the icons get “rearranged”.
    This alternative is disputed. It's still a legit alternative but it might have some issues that some users think is important.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Windows
    Gu
    It only keeps the icons arranged, don't let you make fences which I think is the best feature of it.

    Negative comment • more than a year ago

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

    Discontinued

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

    • Freemium
    • Mac
  • 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.
  • ToolBox is an application launcher for Windows operating systems with many amazing features. Easy to install, you can get going in minutes.
    Some users think this is a great alternative to Fences, some doesn't.

    Discontinued

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

    • Free Personal
    • Windows
  • Free desktop customization tool, that allows to change desktop background automatically, create colored areas for the icons on the desktop and place clock and calendar on the...

    Discontinued

    The company stopped development for its applications. Last versions can be still downloaded from the official website.

    • Free
    • Windows