Fences (software)

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Stardock Fences.png
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeDesktop customization
LicenseProprietary / Freeware

Fences is a utility for Windows that helps to organize icons on the desktop. It is developed by Stardock and distributed as part of their Object Desktop suite.[1] Version 1 was freeware.[2] after which it has become a commercial product.


Fences defines translucent areas on the desktop that contain groups of icons.[3] These fences can be individually created, named, moved, and resized — they will also display a scroll bar if necessary.[4]

Double-clicking on the desktop hides all non-excluded fences and icons, while another double-click causes them to reappear.[4] Snapshots can restore fences to a particular configuration after use.[4]


A PC World reviewer praised the free edition of Fences, saying that "it wasn't five minutes after installing this program that I realized I'll be using it for the rest of my computing life. It's that good."[5] A preview edition was listed as TechSpot's download of the week in February 2009.[6]

Download.com approved of the snapshots, and the ability to change colour schemes, but criticized the process of fence creation and the inability to sort icons into fences by type — a feature added in the Pro edition.[2] Some ZDNet readers also noticed visual similarities to the Folderview feature introduced in KDE 4.1.[7]


  1. ^ "Object Desktop product information". Stardock. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  2. ^ a b Jessica Dolcourt (2009-10-05). "Download.com editor's review - Fences 1.0". Download.com. CNET. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  3. ^ Chakkaradeep Chandran (2009-02-05), Fence your desktop with Stardock Fences, Neowin, archived from the original on 2012-09-03, retrieved 2010-02-03
  4. ^ a b c Jessica Dolcourt (2009-10-06), "The secret to a perfect desktop? Fences", The Download Blog, CNET, retrieved 2010-02-03
  5. ^ Rick Broida (2009-10-20), "Free Downloads Make Your Computing Life Easier", PC World, retrieved 2010-02-03
  6. ^ Jose Vilches (2009-02-27), Download of the Week: Stardock Fences, TechSpot, retrieved 2010-02-03
  7. ^ Jason Perlow (2009-08-23). "My Must Have Windows 7 Utility: Stardock Fences". Tech Broiler. ZDNet. Retrieved 2010-02-03.

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