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Fences

$9.99
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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 1187 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.01
  • Total Downloads:
    5,511,316
  • Date Added:
    May 24, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $9.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    9.18MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    640
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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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5 stars

"Really excellent program"

December 01, 2015  |  By pervenecka

2015-12-01 10:27:41  |  By pervenecka

 |  Version: Fences 2.13

Pros

Like ,because that to sort your icons ,you can do it manualy.desktop always have clean,can enjoy desktop background.

Cons

With my PC Windows 7 work perfectly.

Summary

I use payd version, in fact that cost not expensive,have good support.

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1 stars

"No customer support"

September 16, 2015  |  By vpochay

2015-09-16 06:00:39  |  By vpochay

 |  Version: Fences 2.13

Pros

It did load automatically and organized my icons.

Cons

It did load automatically and organized my icons, but not the way I wanted. I wanted to try free trial, but they have not sent an email with the information and the program won't let me do anything without sending a confirmation email.

Summary

What I have seen on the program it seems to be just what I want and ten dollars seems like a great price, but can not trust them to send me the information I may need to run the program if I send my ten dollars. Without the customer support I can not recommend this product

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1 stars

"Full of bugs"

May 24, 2015  |  By The Real John Doe

2015-05-24 12:42:06  |  By The Real John Doe

 |  Version: Fences 2.13

Pros

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

Cons

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.

Summary

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

2015-02-10 07:35:08  |  By zoorick

 |  Version: Fences 2.13

Pros

Well, it actually works just as described.

Cons

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

2015-01-10 06:07:48  |  By arnold111

 |  Version: Fences 2.13

Pros

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

Cons

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

Summary

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

2015-01-09 18:23:04  |  By martyxx

 |  Version: Fences 2.13

Pros

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

Cons

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.

Summary

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

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4 stars

"Very useful program, lousy <br /> company behaviour"

July 26, 2014  |  By vetsense

2014-07-26 18:35:38  |  By vetsense

 |  Version: Fences 2.13

Pros

easy to use and customize, neatly keeps desktop arranged to my specifications

Cons

none for the program itself, though the company acted shabbily in misdirecting users regarding the new release. Won't buy any other Stardock products.

Summary

This used to be a free program, and when they decided to start charging for it, they misdirected users into updating to the new release without telling them that it would cost them to use it -- and by they time they found out, they couldn't downgrade to the earlier, free version. What they should have done is offered the free version as a low-tech few-featured version, and given everyone the option of upgrading for more bells and whistles. But they didn't - they did a bait-and-switch, and it's deceitful.

That said, I couldn't find a product that did the same thing, although I tried. I really would have rather given my money to another company that behaved better, but I decided to bite the bullet and pay for the new Fences, since it really does a great job and I love the organization it allows me. I won't buy any other Stardock program and I'll switch if anyone develops a similar tool.

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3 stars

"Old Free One Was GREAT"

June 14, 2014  |  By momule

2014-06-14 12:39:43  |  By momule

 |  Version: Fences 2.12

Pros

One of my computers has this and I love it. That was when the product was free shareware. It's nice but not $10 nice and from these comments it sounds as if you 410 ONLY BUYS YOU A ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION. Too bad the owners of thos software did a fantastic job of writng good code but then messed it up with this trialware crapola. Shame on them.

Cons

NO TRIALWARE FOR ME !!! Give it to me for free or allow me to unconditionally own it. Don't insult my intelligence with this teaseware stuff !!!

Summary

Don't buy this product !!!

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5 stars

"Excellent Desktop Organization Utility"

May 15, 2014  |  By Aneurism

2014-05-15 20:14:12  |  By Aneurism

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

Performs as advertized.

Cons

It always sorts and I can't find a setting to allow me to manually place an icon away from other in a fence.

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5 stars

"Great product!"

April 05, 2014  |  By 4Denise

2014-04-05 04:58:21  |  By 4Denise

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

Allows organization of desktop in a way that makes sense to the user

Cons

You will have to pay for full functionality

Summary

I love this software! I have bought it for all of my computers. It isn't expensive. The free version is acceptable. Even if you stick with that, you will have some valuable features. Buying the software adds a few more.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.01
Version 3.01:
  • Windows 10 Support
  • Use fences on modern, high DPI monitors.
  • Blur the wallpaper behind fences on Windows 10.
  • Roll up fences to the Title-bar for cleaner desktops.
  • Navigate the folder structure from within the fence.
General
Publisher Stardock
Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
Release Date May 24, 2016
Date Added May 24, 2016
Version 3.01
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.18MB
File Name Fences3-cnet-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,511,316
Downloads Last Week 640
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $9.99

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