Fences

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1182 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    5,094,957
  • Date Added:
    October 08, 2012
  • File Size:
    9MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,719
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Note: This release will update a previous free version to the new 30-day trial version.

Editors' Review

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Fences is an app that allows you to organize your desktop icons into categories to un-clutter your workspace. The latest version, Fences 2.0, adds new features to help you get and stay organized even faster.

The interface of the newer version is much like before. The fences look the same - they're clean and blend well, and you can adjust the transparency and color to suit your needs. You'll also still be able to easily sort your files and program icons into multiple fences on your desktop. One of our favorite features, Auto-Organizer, also lets you choose which files will automatically go into the fence you specify--this is handy if you frequently add new files to your computer.

Fences 2.0 also comes with a couple new features, Folder Portals and Desktop Pages. Folder Portals lets you create a fence from any folder and organize the contents on your desktop for quick access. Desktop Pages lets you set up multiple screens, each with their own set of fences, and navigate between them just by clicking and dragging. While we found it fairly easy to set up and use the fences, we liked the user guidance and tutorials so you can make sure you're using Fences to its fullest potential.

Users who are overwhelmed by desktop clutter will like the flexibility of Fences 2.0. The installation is easy and quick and you can try the product free for 30 days to see if it's right for you.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Fences 2. The trial version has limited features.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.9

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 8
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 1182 votes

    • 5 star 566
    • 4 star 387
    • 3 star 101
    • 2 star 49
    • 1 star 79
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5 stars

"Love lov my Fences"

October 27, 2012  |  By Bisty9

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

I have had this program for quite a while (after trying it)....it makes it easy for me to conveniently organize applications that I use all the time or files on my desktop....because I have a hard time figuring out where stuff goes....I think I have been using this about a year now....bought the full version.
Oh, and I like that I can change the color themes to go with my desktop background that I change seasonaly..... :- )

Cons

really don't have many cons.

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5 stars

"I really like the way it helps me organize my desktop"

October 25, 2012  |  By debalch

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

Very easy to install and use

Cons

None at this time. My only recommendation would be to make each fence open without having to drag the boundaries

Summary

Love it and a great value for $10.00

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5 stars

"It seems even easier to use than the old(free)version."

October 23, 2012  |  By John65atWagga

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

A fence is easy to create or remove

Cons

Nothing that I can see

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1 stars

"Hard to distinguish just what I was downloading"

October 18, 2012  |  By capecod4

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

I was intrigued originally the idea of putting folders into the desktop fences, or at least it sounded interesting. Did not work at all.

Cons

I had so much trouble with trying to install the download, not sure if I even downloaded the right software as names were confusing. I finally had to restore my computer back before it. I then had to uninstall everything and reinstall my original Fences Pro. Finally I am back to that which works fine. Hard to install and then it did not work and it was hard to get it uninstalled without completely obliterating the original Fences Pro I have.

Summary

Still not ready for prime-time and directions for downloading and installing confusing. Should warn not to download while the original program is working.

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3 stars

"Works well to keep my desktop clutter organized"

October 18, 2012  |  By mpfalersweany

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

easy to install and set up.

Cons

In the previous version I had four fences. I only have three with this version and can't find how to create another. The "directions" to draw a rectangle don't work.

Summary

The best organizer I've found having tried several.

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1 stars

"Not what I expected"

October 17, 2012  |  By Potrubi_Varhanik

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

It gathered up my icons in a rather speedy way.

Cons

Everything else, including NOT providing a free version.

Summary

The only reason that I gave it one star is the way that it organized my icons in a pretty quick manner. Other than that, it di not work like the Fences 1, that I reinstalled.

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5 stars

"Very Useful Tool"

October 17, 2012  |  By ELRoop

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

Helps to organize what I do have on the screen, hide what I don't want until I need it.

Cons

None really

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1 stars

"Rubbish, absolute rubbish."

October 17, 2012  |  By Kettins_Bob

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

None, zero, zip, nada. Have used Fences for about a year - very useful and no trouble. Download this version and all I get is a rip off screen for some cruddy piece of software which I don't want and don't need, but, lo and behold, cannot be refused if you want the new version of Fences. So bye bye Fences.

Cons

See the Pros entry

Summary

Fences? Just don't waste your time.

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5 stars

"Virtual Desktops"

October 16, 2012  |  By srpeie

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

Like the sorting options and capability to create screens/desktops off the main screen

Cons

mouse based controls seem to slow down the overall interface.

Summary

An outstanding utility for little or no money.

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1 stars

"Free version no longer free (but nobody tells you that)"

October 16, 2012  |  By TheAncient

 |  Version: Fences 2.0

Pros

Reasonably priced. Does what it's intended to do

Cons

Nobody told me the replacement of the free version is no longer free.

Summary

This version tricks you into uninstalling the old, free version, installs this TRIAL version over top and then asks for money. Of course, by this time most people have lost the old version and can no longer re-install the free version. (Luckily I had saved the install package for the free version and was able to re-install it)

I do not support or recommend any product from any company that tries to trick me into doing something I do not want to do. Stardock products will no longer be installed on my systems or on the systems of my clients.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0
  • Folder Portals
  • Desktop Pages
  • General
    Publisher Stardock
    Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
    Release Date October 08, 2012
    Date Added October 08, 2012
    Version 2.0
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Desktop Customization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 9MB
    File Name Fences2-cnet-setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 5,094,957
    Downloads Last Week 6,719
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $9.99

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