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Portals: Desktop Organization Alternatives

Portals: Desktop Organization is described as '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' and is a desktop customization tool in the file management category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Portals: Desktop Organization for Windows, Mac, Linux and Screenlets. The best alternative is Fences. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try iTop Easy Desktop or Sideslide. Other great apps like Portals: Desktop Organization are Nimi Places, XLaunchpad, Folderview Screenlet and Partitions.

Portals: Desktop Organization 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 Portals: Desktop Organization.
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    Fences

    15 alternatives to Fences 

    Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable and resizable containers for your desktop icons. These groups can help bring organization and consistency to your computers desktop, solving the "constant...

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    Nimi Places

    15 alternatives to Nimi Places 

    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...

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    1.  PortableNimi Places can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    iTop Easy Desktop

    15 alternatives to iTop Easy Desktop 

    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...

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    Sideslide

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    17 alternatives to Sideslide 

    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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    1.  PortableSideslide can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    XLaunchpad

    52 alternatives to XLaunchpad 

    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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    1.  PortableXLaunchpad can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Folderview Screenlet

    • Linux
    • Screenlets
    6 alternatives to Folderview Screenlet 

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

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    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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    Partitions

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    7 alternatives to Partitions 

    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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    With the main window, change the appearance of partitions
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    ToolBox

    • Windows
    9 alternatives to ToolBox 

    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.

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    1.  PortableToolBox can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Discontinued

    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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    3 transparent windows, different border settings & icon display modes
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    DesktopShelves

    12 alternatives to DesktopShelves 

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

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    Discontinued

    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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    Desktop Groups

    7 alternatives to Desktop Groups 

    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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