Organize Your Desktop With Stardock Fences For Windows (only available as a paid version, free version discontinued).

Update: Fences is now a paid program with a free trial. If you want to try it out you'll need to submit and email address and a download link will be sent to that address.
Thanks to rikishi19 for pointing this out. =)

Need to corral those desktop icons? Try this free program from Stardock.

I’ve been using Fences for Windows for about a month now. Normally I don’t like anything on my desktop. No icons, just whatever wallpaper I’m using. To test drive Fences, I added some icons to my desktop, downloaded Fences, and started using it. I like it. A lot.
I found this excellent article from Scott Hanselman about Fences. He does a great job of explaining how Fences works and how he uses it. Since it’s a very clear explanation, I’ll send you along to his site. :)

Herding Cats: Organize your Desktop Icons with Stardock Fences for Windows



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by GS (not verified) on 23. November 2010 - 18:37  (61575)

I have been uising Fences a while and like it. However, I have an issue that has happened twice so far. Some (not all) of the icons are gone when I start the laptop. All of my shortcuts to networked folders were gone. The rest of the icons are shortcuts to apps on the laptop, Computer, etc. are all still there, so it is not the "hide icons" feature happening.

I have to re-make all of my folder shortcuts. This is getting a bit tiring, so I might ditch Fences if it happens again.

Anyone else see this?


by Anonymous on 9. June 2010 - 2:46  (51685)

Fences was installed on my Sony Vista and it is gradually freezing everything. Help.

by rhiannon on 9. June 2010 - 2:58  (51686)

Try uninstalling it and see if Fences or something else is the problem.

by George on 25. May 2010 - 19:19  (50305)

Couldn't help to smile about Fences. That was the way the desktop was organized in Windows 3. Didn't seem to be such a bad idea after all :-)

by dkowal on 25. May 2010 - 16:58  (50301)

Question - I just installed on my Vista Premium machine and configured. I can NOT get any labels to be visible. Mouseover doesn't seem to work either. Any ideas why?

Is there another version to try as I am using V1.00.2787 Release Candidate?


by rhiannon on 25. May 2010 - 17:33  (50302)

I'm a little unclear here, are you saying you installed Vista Premium and then installed Fences, and you're having trouble with labels and mouseover since you installed Fences?

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 20:25  (38425)

Hi there!. As everybody can see, icons are por personal use and "taste". So, here is a tip: a. Make a folder on desktop and namne it, f.i., APPS or whatever you want. b. Put in there all or some icons you want. c. Go to the Toolbar, make right click, go to Toolbars, now go tu New Toolbar, and finally select APPS, that's it!: You've got a Quick Start Tool in the Toolbar with the name APPS (Or another one), make left click on the doble arrow and Voila!: the menu will display ALL the icons you hav put in the folder APPS (Or whatever name you've used). I think this resource can really be very usefull. Please excuse my poor English and Felíz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo from Guadalajara, Jalisco, México!.

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 20:29  (38428)

Hi!. This is not a reply: I just wanted to say "Name it" and "double arrow". I'm sorry.

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 20:31  (38429)

It's me again:I wanted to say: "go to New Toolbar". Sorry.

by Anonymous on 11. December 2009 - 16:00  (38296)

Just reading this page was a waste of time. I do not have time to go fishing to learn what the app's features are. Besides, windows can already do this.

by MidnightCowboy on 11. December 2009 - 16:34  (38304)

Well, I'm so sorry that your "busy-busy" life also prevents you from being polite when addressing others in a public forum. The 80+ volunteers contributing content to this site also have commitments outside of TSA but that doesn't stop them posting items in the hope that they might benefit others. I suggest that if you ever have any spare time you spend part of it trying to realize that there are other people on the planet apart from yourself.

by Anonymous on 11. December 2009 - 17:56  (38311)

And your response to his perceived impoliteness was to be impolite in return? Fascinating.

by MidnightCowboy on 11. December 2009 - 18:59  (38321)

I'm sorry but ignorance on this scale deserves whatever response it gets. How do you know it is a "he"?

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 23:17  (38234)

Anyone know of an application that may hide some desktop icons and make they visible again with a password? Fences can do that but without a pass and it´s bloatware.

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 19:15  (38210)

I use ICONOID from It's FREE.
I wonder why people on here and everywhere else actually recommends a program or site they don't type the URL to make it easier for the rest of us to give it a try.IE GIVE AWAY OF THE DAY.

by toktok on 10. December 2009 - 18:33  (38207)

Nice program. Have been using it for a while. It was on GiveawayoftheDay. I use to have the whole desktop filled with icons and folders with icons. Better organized now! Windows (XP) menu (All Programs) does not work properly when the whole screen is filled, and when it reaches the right side. But with icons and folders with icons you have unlimited space.

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 16:07  (38199)

I use desktop icon toy....much better than fences.
But of course I got it for free from GiveAwayOfTheDay.

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 18:43  (38208)

You going to share your toy with us? I know like someone else wrote, I used fences and liked it until I started to get pop-ups and warnings and basically they were pestering me and I assuming they wanted me to pay for an upgrade. I just took it off. So what is 'desktop icon toy'?

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 15:00  (38193)

Good program. I always have the desktop filled with icons - and now they are better organized. Windows(XP) program menu of all programs doesn't work optimally - when there are many items and sub-items, the whole screen will be filled, and it doesn't scroll when you reach the right side. So icons on the desktop work better. Tip: if there is not enough space, make some folders on the desktop with room for more icons (e.g. Utilities, Multimedia, etc.).

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 13:50  (38189)

I liked Fences until they tied it to that Impulse installer/update program and turned off the beta features. If you want all the features that the beta had you have to pay for it.

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 15:07  (38194)

They removed that and now it's standalone again - and well worth it! I got burned on that too. Uninstall and reinstall the latest version.

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 13:13  (38186)

After I got a widescreen monitor I dragged the quick launch bar to the left so it's vertical, loaded it up with everything I use and set the properties to Always On Top. Still plenty of screen real estate for programs and no need to run a separate program for launching.

by FrankO on 10. December 2009 - 12:39  (38185)

I have been using Fences for quite some time. It is nice to be able to organise files temporarily on your desktop. Thoroughly enjoy it.

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 9:07  (38176)

has anyone had any problems with fences causing there computer to run slow? Had it on a Windows 7 box and my wifes XP box and after a few months I was troubleshooting them being slow, removed fences and the problem went away. Never found anything to be weird with resource usage so I don't know why it caused it. I really liked the program I have just been put off to try it again.

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 17:01  (38201)

I, too had a problem with 'Fences'. I have 'Statbar' running and noticed that my quadcore CPU was almost always showing 25% busy. Also several programs crashed. By a process of elimination I found that deleting 'Fences' solved all my issues. Too bad, I really liked the way I could organize my desktop.

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 7:29  (38170)

Really, you're still using desktop Icons? Aren't there much and much easier and tidier ways to access your programms? like the Start Menu, Windows 7 Super Bar, Launchy, etc. etc.
I thought Desktop Icons also slow down your system a bit. And if you're working in a domain in the office and they were to throw your profile away (because of an terminal error), you would loose everything on your desktop (I hope you don't save precious files there).

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 16:04  (38198)

If you have a computer that is slowing down because of
desktop icons....time for a new computer. They have
come a long ways since 1993.

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 18:27  (38205)

ahhh, and was I thinking that desktop Icons were from 1993.
And that was the reason I wasn't using them anymore since 2000-something.

Point was: there is no need for desktop icons in 2009, unless... you're using Windows 98??

by Anonymous on 10. December 2009 - 5:40  (38166)

I finally got everything off my desktop. I have a quicklaunch bar (vista), but I hardly ever use that, either. I started using Launchy in XP, and come to find out it works in a Vista 64-bit environment, too. I love it.

by Anonymous on 8. December 2009 - 5:45  (38055)

Take a look at LaunchTab 2.0

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