Fences 3.0

4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 (68 votes)


Windows 7/8/10 / Shareware; $9.99 / 6,740 downloads

Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable & resizable containers for your desktop icons. These groups can help bring organization and consistency to your computer's desktop, solving the "constant mess" problem that has plagued the desktop since its inception.

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  • Limitations

    Yes - 30 day timeout

  • Uninstaller


  • Latest Changes

    - NEW! Use fences on modern, high DPI monitors

    - NEW! Blur the wallpaper behind fences on Windows 10

    - NEW! Roll up fences to the Title-bar for cleaner desktops

    - NEW! Navigate the folder structure from within the fence

    - NEW! Windows 10 compatibility

Reviews of Fences

  1. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.0 (May 22, 2016)

    Please list it as shareware, not freeware.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.13 (Dec 21, 2014)

    Fences saves the day when it comes to keeping any kind of orderly desktop and having some control over how it behaves. One of my favorite features is being able to hide any amount of it and keep only what I want showing so I can actually see and enjoy my wallpaper. If the price is an issue for you, get on the mailing list and hang on until they put it on sale again, then grab it. Stardock makes several windows-taming programs that have more than paid for themselves in ease of use & pure aesthetics over the years.

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.13 (Jun 27, 2014)

    I have used Fences since it was introduced, it's brilliant and I could not see myself not using it, it's a must have.

    Other tools from Stardoc I could not live without is ModernMix, ObjectDock and Start8, if you are using windows 8, go and get them your won't regret it.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.12 (Dec 6, 2013)

    @mizkitty - Sorry you can only afford $4 - (you thought of getting gainful employment?) It's worth the asking price.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.12 (Dec 6, 2013)

    Been using Fences for a while and it has tamed my cluttered desktop. Combined with Start8 makes using Windows 8.0 and 8.1 a pleasure.

  6. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.1 (Apr 8, 2013)

    GTFO! It is worth 10 dollars! If that is too much for you, consider getting higher paying job than Walmart.

  7. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.1 (Nov 13, 2012)

    This is $10...not free. Have to take the freeware labels with a grain of salt these days.

    Worth it if you buy the Stardock packages all together but not on it's own...

    Neat product though...might pay $4 tops (lifetime updates).

  8. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 (Oct 10, 2012)

    I have been looking for years for this kind of stuff and suddenly a month ago I stumbled on Fences. Just perfect form me. Works fine on Windows 8 64 bit too!

  9. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 (Oct 10, 2012)

    This should be listed as commercial demo IT IS NOT FREE!!

    Fences 1 was free and does a great job, but it's not worth spending money on it. especially as something similar should have been built into windows to begin with!

    I will be sticking with version 1

  10. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 (Oct 10, 2012)

    I have to agree V2 is worth the money. A lot nicer over V1.
    V2 of Fences and Start8 are 2 great products made by Stardock.

  11. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 (Oct 9, 2012)

    Oh hell yes! What a great update!
    I had requested per fence coloring a long time ago. I think they may have already had the idea. But it is here now. OMFG is looks great!
    Cost 6.99 to update from v1.x. Worth every penny!
    Truely great American made software.

  12. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 (Oct 9, 2012)

    No longer free. Even the basic version now costs $9.99

  13. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Jun 29, 2010)

    I thought this would be crap. After all it's just transparent folders on your desktop right? Well kind of. But not quite.
    I was *really* surprised how well this worked. I might even shell out for the Pro version, though the basic version is perfectly adequate.

    @guru_v, What stunning futuristic OS are you using then? You can't do this with a standard Linux install. So i'm guessing you're so awesome you've written your own shell or your own OS? If so, why don't you open source it and we can all have a laugh.

  14. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.0 (Oct 7, 2009)

    It's like a trip in the wayback machine! It does almost exactly what Windows 3.1 did by default. Great for lovers of old, and antiquated technology.

    Should help complete the trip back in time that is started by Windows 7.

  15. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.99.2032 Community-Preview Beta (Sep 21, 2009)

    I had a problem develop , I couldn't delete or work with a fence. it turned out that the copy i have had expired. The fences i set up still worked for getting to programs but as soon as i updated it worked again. I don't find this a flaw as the program still ran and did what it was set up to do . I have to come to love this program and have recommended to all users of xp.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.98 (Jul 20, 2009)

    Very usefool, very handy and very costumizable and also very stable!
    This version will run till 09.08.2009. I hope the update will also be free for the future.

  17. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.98 (Jul 20, 2009)

    Fences is great. How did I ever live without this? Highly customizable and recomended! Enjoy.

  18. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.96 Community-Preview Beta (May 17, 2009)

    On my 24 wide screen monitor this program is great.. I have made and deleted fences, changed color on the txt on them i have been using it for well over a month and this is one of my must haves. I hope they expand a bit on the fences. and what you can do with each fence vice all of them only.

  19. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.96 Community-Preview Beta (Mar 28, 2009)

    I have been using Fences for about two weeks now. The concept is great, but I have had some problems. The first is that I cannot delete a fence and the second is that I cannot rename one. I have tried using their instructions, but to no avail. One other enhancement I would like to see is the ability to change the fonts and the colors. If they fix these problems I would give this programs a "5 Star Rating"

  20. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.96 Community-Preview Beta (Mar 27, 2009)

    One of the coolest applications to come along in quite awhile.
    I've been using fences for several months and have had no problems at all.
    Does what it says it will do.
    Very cool.

    XP SP3

  21. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.96 Community-Preview Beta (Mar 27, 2009)

    Seems like a great idea but didn't work at all for me. It did seem create the boxes but they were not visible on the screen and i couldn't do anything with them. Had to options set to always show the boxes on also.

    Sent a bug report using the Debug button in the app.

  22. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.96 Community-Preview Beta (Mar 27, 2009)

    This program does what it says. Doesn't lag my system like the way windows does. I have tons of icons on there and not an ounce of lag. It is really amazing!
    It doesn't really resemble a fence though, I'd call it something else...

  23. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.96 Community-Preview Beta (Mar 26, 2009)

    I have been using Fences for over a month now and love it. Fences makes it easy to keep a complex desktop organized and is completely flexible. A keeper.

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