Fences Is A Seriously Awesome Desktop Icon Organiser

Fences Is A Seriously Awesome Desktop Icon Organiser

Windows only: Desktop icon organiser Fences arranges your cluttered desktop icons into containers so you can clean up the mess into useful groups of shortcuts—or optionally hides them altogether. Once installed, Fences will run through a couple of first-time beginner screens asking if you’d like to use one of the built-in layouts, and will attempt to auto-detect which icons should be placed inside each fence. You can modify any of the fences by simply moving or resizing them around the screen, and then use the Lock item on the desktop context menu to fix them into place when you are done.

The thumbnail on the left shows my cluttered test desktop before, and the one on the right shows the default organizer layout generated by Fences—much cleaner.

Right-clicking on the desktop gives you a couple of new options, including quick and easy access to the settings panel, where you can tweak the look & feel as much as you’d like.

The best feature is the ability to double-click on the desktop to toggle visibility of the icons—but you can optionally exclude certain fences, a very useful feature for hiding clutter while keeping application launching icons visible all the time.

After only a few hours of using this application, it’s already a must-have for keeping my desktop clean and organised. If you aren’t worried about eye-candy and just want to organise your icons, check out previously mentioned Iconoid, or you can hide your desktop icons with a keyboard shortcut instead.

Fences is a free download, works on Windows XP 32-bit and Windows 7 or Vista in both 32-bit or 64-bit versions.


  • @ jarmod, et al:

    The problem, it seems, is that it applies not just that it doesn’t allow separate wallpapers per desktop, but it also doesn’t allow wallpaper to tile across desktops properly. Not a deal-breaker for me, if they fix it before release.

    I had to navigate their support system to file a ticket on it. I got an email back from them:


    Fences is still in early beta. This is a known issue that may be addressed in a future build. Please direct all feedback to [email protected]


    Ken Janeczko
    Technical Advisor

  • Its just a ripoff of the KDE desktop’s FolderView widget functionality. Fences is nice and convenient and tidy, but doesn’t have the freedom or functionality of FolderView.

    Its a pity that instead of contributing to great Free (as in freedom) open source software they are obviously getting their “inspiration” from, they instead make a proprietary .NET based ripoff without the same depth of functionality, of which they claim ownership of.

    All Fences does is organize desktop icons. FolderView, along with the Plasma desktop shell are so much more.

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