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 Aug 24, 2021

    1. 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.
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      PointNorth It looks like windows native.
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

    2. DesktopShelves helps you fight the clutter on your desktop by organizing files on shelves. A shelf the size of 5 icons holds 20 files.


      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.1.4, released in November 2013, can be still bought from Mac App Store.

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    3. 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 background.


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

      This alternative is disputed. SE-DesktopConstructor is still a legitimate alternative to Fences, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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