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    Oct. 29, 2014
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Editors' Review


Group programs, files, folders, and other desktop icons together with Fences to keep your desktop organized and make it easier to find what you need. It's easy to set up and manage all of the Fences you need.


Does the heavy lifting for you: You can choose the Advanced option to set up your Fences, but less experienced users can opt for an easier approach, which creates three default Fences, Programs Folders, and Files & Documents, and places your desktop icons in the appropriate location. The only icon that doesn't move into a Fence is the Recycle Bin.

Easy to set up and manage: It's easy to drag and drop icons from one Fence to another and only a couple clicks to rename a Fence or create a new one. You can even designate a default fence, so all new icons will be placed there automatically.


Email required: You can't start Fences until you submit a valid email and click the link in the activation email the publisher sends you. It didn't take long, but we prefer the option of trying the product before offering up personal information.

Bottom Line

If your desktop is getting so cluttered that it's hard to find what you're looking for, Fences offers an easy, effective solution to keep your desktop icons organized in whatever way works best for you.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Fences 2.13.

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1 stars

"Full of bugs"

May 24, 2015  |  By The Real John Doe

 |  Version: Fences 2.13


When working (which is only occasionally), Fences has some nice features to organize your desktop.


Full of bugs...

Certain or all fences will randomly cease to work, and the user can no longer use, click or move any of the fences icons.

Regularly, all fences will be absent on startup and random clicks are needed to get them to appear.

Once Fences' bug appear (which is nearly daily), there is no restarting the app, and a complete reboot is needed.


Definitely not worth the $10 for this bug-ridden app.

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3 stars

"Works but who needs it?"

February 10, 2015  |  By zoorick

 |  Version: Fences 2.13


Well, it actually works just as described.


The functionality is considered to be useless by me and a lot of other users who prefer to keep the Desktop clean. Better do things manually, and Windows is already great in "organizing" your files - the thing is called a Folder.

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5 stars

"Excellent program"

January 10, 2015  |  By arnold111

 |  Version: Fences 2.13


Does exactly what you want. Reed the HELP file and settings!
I'm using it for years without any problem.


No easy backup for settings found.
If you update, you have to pay for it !!!!


You have to download this file: fences_public.exe.
This is the older version 1.01.143 and it's FREEWARE.
Look at MajorGeeks.com ore simular sites.
After install make sure to "untic" AUTOMATIC UPDATES in the INFO tab, to prevent updating itself.
Very easy to setup and change things. If you do something wrong with the settings, re-install it and set it up again within 15 minits.

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3 stars

"Poor support"

January 09, 2015  |  By martyxx

 |  Version: Fences 2.13


Program definitely makes things easy to use since similar items can be compartimilized.


Poor support. Bugs have been reported by many people with promises to resolve them but they never get resolved. For example if loading Fences in a Windows 8/8.1 environment the Fences do not display until a right click is performed on the desktop. Many people have indicated that they have experienced this problem but the problem still exists. Anothe rproblem reported by many is the mysterious disappearance of icons on the desktop.


In general the product works as advertised and simplifies the us eof desktop icons.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.13
Version 2.13:
  • Updated to support Windows 8.1
  • Enhanced the desktop pages feature with a skinnable page indicator
  • Option for persistent fences across desktop pages
  • Added network drive connection detection
  • Assorted improvements and bug fixes
Publisher Stardock
Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
Release Date October 29, 2014
Date Added October 29, 2014
Version 2.13
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9MB
File Name Fences2-cnet-setup.exe
Total Downloads 5,335,240
Downloads Last Week 4,641
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $9.99

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