Automatically organize your desktop shortcuts, collect your icons in shaded areas, hide them with a simple double-click, and more. Creatives, streamers, and anyone who appreciates a clutter-free workspace will find the organizational solution they crave with Fences.
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Release Date:
Mar 29, 2017

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June 13

Stardock’s Fences v3.05 Update Release

Today, Stardock released an update for Fences. Version 3.05 includes Simplified Chinese language support along with some adjustments to existing features. Fences allows a user to automatically organize their Windows desktop shortcuts and icons in shaded areas that can be hidden by double-clicking to reduce clutter. 

A recent demand for Fences from the Asia / Pacific marketplace prompted the new Simplified Chinese language addition. Simplified Chinese language support brings the organization benefits and desktop control features of Fences to an audience of over 1.3 billion people more seamlessly than ever before.  

In addition to Simplified Chinese language support, Fences 3.05 offers a number of updates and fixes, including better rule handling and adjustments for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Insider builds. 

Fences is $9.99 and is available through Stardock and Steam.  To see Fences in action, view the new Quick Tips video series on YouTube. For more information about Fences and Stardock’s suite of desktop customization and productivity applications, visit

Full Change Log:
  • FEATURE: Added simplified Chinese Localization
  • UPDATE: Heuristic improvements (icons go where they should go and shouldn't fall out of fences)
  • UPDATE: Improved start process (users were having to right-click on desktop to show Fences)
  • UPDATE: Fixed Folder Portal spacing for Windows 10 Insider Redstone-3 Fast Track, spacing logic tweak for RS2
  • UPDATE: Improved bug reporting
  • FIX: Fixed issue where drag/drop into a roll-up fence failed
  • FIX: Fixed issue where hidden icons would save excessively during mousedown events
  • FIX: Fences could crash while performing activities such as switching monitors, resizing desktop area, initial startup
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“With Fences for Windows, you can sort your icons into organized clusters on our desktop, which can be visible or hidden, so they're easy to find and easier on the eyes.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“It wasn't five minutes after installing Fences that I realized I'd be using it for the rest of my computing life. It's that good.”
PC World

“Fences is one of the best apps for creating a clean, organized desktop.”

About This Software

Take control of your cluttered desktop and make way for a clean creative workspace with Fences, the perfect Windows organizational solution. Fences has a little something for everyone: it collects your icons, files, and folders in shaded areas that can be hidden with a simple double-click, and even creates desktop pages you can swipe through for easy sorting.

Creatives will appreciate the extra desktop space created by tucking files away in nearby Fences while they paint, design, edit and more. Project-based files and assets are where they need to be, one click away, exactly when you need them. Fences can also be dragged anywhere on the desktop, snapped to the sides, spread across multiple pages, or even rolled up with the click of a mouse.

If you stream or create video content, instantly make your desktop viewer friendly by activating Fences to eliminate all icons in an easy double-click. Ready to bring them back to the desktop? Double-click again to make all of your Fences reappear exactly where you left them.

Tired of searching through dozens of icons to find what you need or simply looking for a way to keep your favorite games in an easy-to-find section on your desktop? Then Fences is the tool for you.


  • Custom-sized shaded areas for organizing your desktop
  • Navigate the folder structure directly from within a fence
  • Roll up fences to the title-bar for cleaner desktops
  • Blur the wallpaper behind fences (Windows 10 only)
  • Use Fences on modern, high-DPI monitors
  • Double click the desktop to hide/reveal icons
  • Swipe between multiple pages of fences

Technical Features

  • Define rules for organizing your desktop icons
  • Snapshot fences layout for easy restoration
  • Maintain per-screen resolution or scale fences to screen size
  • Customize icon and fence spacing

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10 / 8 / 7
    • Additional Notes: Administrator privileges are required for initial install. Windows 10 Creator's Update Multi-monitor DPI settings are not supported in this build. This feature will be supported when Creator's Update officially launches.
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