Download of the Week: Stardock Fences

By on February 27, 2009, 3:55 PM
I have long abandoned the practice of placing shortcuts on my desktop in favor of a much cleaner look and feel using a keystroke launcher – specifically Launchy. For those who still prefer having their desktop stocked with all their favorites, however, Fences might come in handy to keep the clutter at bay while maintaining icons organized in a consistent fashion.

This free application from Stardock – known for their GUI customization tools and computer games – essentially lets you create semitransparent containers that float on the desktop and labels to organize icons within them. It also offers the option to hide all or some of your desktop icons by double clicking on an empty area. The aesthetics of Fences are nice out of the box and can be highly customized to suit your preferences.

It’s a simple concept yet a useful one that will help clean up messy desktops. This handy tool is currently free until August as a preview, and runs on both 32 and 64-bit versions XP, Vista and Windows 7. You can grab your copy here or see more screenshots and videos of Fences in action at the company’s website.

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supersmashbrada said:
I was actually able to use this program. Glad i ran passed this.
Punkid said:
its really usefull tool im going to use it ....forver!!!thanks techspot
ColdFusion1990 said:
I like RocketDock better. I will never use desktop shortcuts again!
yukka said:
useful application, might install it on the work pc monday as well
Serag said:
Found it extremely useful..Thanks a LOT TechSpot!
peacefulchaos said:
I like this a lot. Good tool to keep my desktop organized at work.
inarius03 said:
Just as easy to uncheck "Auto Arrange" icons, click/drag icons where you want them, and you don't have yet another process running on your machine. The label idea isn't bad, but you shouldn't need labels to tell you where you put things, seeing as how you know your own desktop... hopefully @_o
Darth Shiv said:
Excellent program. Great post. Might have a look at RocketDock as well.
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