These Are The 6 Best Free Stardock Fences Alternatives That You Need To Try

Fences make your desktop feel minimal and clean but it’s not free. Here are 5 Best Free Stardock Fences Alternatives that you should defiantly try.

In case you have never seen, Stardock Fences is an excellent desktop organization application for Windows. Fences help you in managing your cluttered desktop by letting you organize and store your icons and folders in “Fences”. As much as it helps in finding right application and files on desktop easily, Fences’ biggest benefit is that it makes your desktop feel minimal and clean without you having to do all the dirty work. The caveat of Stardock Fences? It’s price. Here are 5 Best Free Stardock Fences Alternatives that you should defiantly try.

Nimi Places

The first on our Stardock Fences Alternative list is a lightweight and free desktop organizer Nimi Places. It lets you organize your icons and files into customizable containers. Once you have made a container, you can change its name, add colored labels and create different rules to automatically do some tasks at predefined times.

NImi Places let's you easlily label files and shortcuts
NImi Places lets you easily label files and shortcuts

Apart from these features, you can change icon side, see thumbnails and even change container themes if you want to. If all you want is a minimal, no-frills alternative to Stardock fences, Nimi Places is defiantly worth checking out.

Virtual Desktops

It’s not exactly a Stardock Fences Alternative, but for many people, Virtua Desktops are very helpful in managing a cluttered desktop. Windows 10 is the first Windows version to have built-in support for Virtual Desktops and with just a few clicks, you can start organizing all your open Windows into different desktops. For example, I keep all my social websites and tools open in a virtual desktop while I work on OneNote and Google Scholar in another one.

Virtual desktop as Fences alternatives
Virtual desktop are built in onto Windows 10

To create a Virtual Desktop on Windows 10, just click on Task View icon on the taskbar and then click on New Desktop button.

If you are on an older version of Windows, you can try Dexpot, it is a bit complex, but this free app is much more powerful.

Fences

Well, no list of Free Stardock Fences Alternatives should be complete without mentioning Fences. Yes, the latest version of Fences costs $10 after a 30-day trial. But, you can still download the first version of Fences for free. Sure, the new versions some more features and a bit better user interfaces. But if you don’t need these features, the free version of Fences should be perfectly serviceable for you.

Fences 1.0.1
Fences 1.0.1

As an added bonus, this version of Fences should be less resource hungry.

RocketDock

RocketDock is not exactly a desktop icon manager, instead, RocketDock is a powerful icon dock that mimics most features from macOS’ dock. You can add shortcuts to files, folder, and programs just by dragging them into the dock. RocketDock also has many useful extensions that can increase its functionality, for example, you can easily add a real-time analog clock to the dock. Heck, if you want, you can directly minimize your window to the dock, freeing you from using Windows taskbar most of the time.

RocketDock is free and there is a good community of users who have made skins and icon pack compatible with the dock. If you want a Stardock Fences alternative to just organize your desktop in a better way, RocketDock is definitely worth a download.

ViPad

Just like Nimi and Fences, ViPad is also a container based organization system. The difference is that Vipad only uses a single container. To further let you organize icons and files, you can create tabs inside the container.

You can store files, web links, music and even video files inside these tabs if you want to. These tabs can be searched easily too, and you just need to drag and drop to make any changes. Aside from these features, ViPad has deep customization options, you can change the icon size as you need, and you can also download many custom icon pack from its official website.

ViPad is completely free and open source.

Sideslide

Available only for Windows, Sideslide is one of the popular Free Stardock Fences alternatives. Unlike Fences and Virtual Desktops, Sideslide’s working is completely focused on creating and organizing “Workplaces”. Once you have made one, you can easily add shortcuts, documents and even RSS news feeds within.

Sideslide is very customizable
Sideslide is very customizable

You can make as many workplaces as you like. Whenever you need all data in a workplace is easily available with a click. Sideslice is a very powerful and flexible application. You can add tags to links, add multiple RSS feeds and custom themes to these workplaces easily. Additionally, you can run it as a portable application meaning you don’t need to install it, just open the .exe file whenever you need and will launch.

What are your Best Free Stardock Fences Alternatives?

Which of the Free Stardock Fences Alternatives do you use? Do you know about some other good app that I forgot to mention? Share with me in the comments below…


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Review: Everything is The Best Search Tool If You Can Live By Some limitations

Everything is a free file searching tool that promises fast and easy search experience. Learn if it’s a good fit for you in our Everything Review.

Since the release of Windows XP, Microsoft has been working its ass off to make the search in Windows better. Windows has gone so much better in searching since the release of Windows Vista. And since then, incremental updates have made continued to make Windows Search better.

However, if you are a kind of person who does not want to waste a single second searching for files, Windows’ built-in tools might not be the best option for you.

Enter Everything, it is a free file indexing and searching tool that promises fast and easy search experience as long as you can compromise on some limitations. I have been using the application since last two years, and it has been my default searching app for the same time, let’s talk about if it can do the same for you.

Void search everything

Void Tools Everything Review

Installation, Pricing and First Impressions

Everything is available for Windows only, and the setup is available in 32 bit and 64-bit versions of the OS. Sizing around 1 MB to download, Everything has a tiny footprint once it is installed. The small footprint helps Everything shine in some other places, which we will discuss soon.

Also, the app is completely free. However, developer suggests you make a $5 donation.

As of the time of writing, the installer does not include any adware and also, you won’t find any advertisement or upgrade buttons in the app interface.

File Indexing and UI

Rather than searching your entire hard drive for files, Everything creates an index for all your Hard Drive partitions. This index only includes some basic details about files such as name, date of creation, file location, etc.

Everything does not index full text in the files, and this is what limits the app most.

Very much like other searching applications, Everything does indexing in the background. As the index only includes so fewer details about files, it is usually done within a couple of minutes. Your mileage will vary if you have tons of data across dozens of file partitions.

The UI is straightforward, launch the app, and you will see a search box followed by a list of all files and folders in the index. You can type what you are looking for in the search box, and the search is done instantly.

You can use some advanced filters by selecting them from the menu bar or by typing them with the search keyword. For example, typing ‘file:assignment’ will result with only files -folders with name ‘assignment’ will be excluded.

You can zoom make the text in the results screen look smaller or larger by using touchpad gestures, but the lack of proper thumbnails makes it kind of pointless.

You can add a filter drop down next to search box by clicking on View > Filters. Also. You can sort files and folders by size, name, type, etc.

Customizability

By default, Everything shows you a set of columns including file/folder name, path, size and date modified, if you wish, you can add or remove columns by right clicking on the any of the column headers and selecting and de-selecting any option.

Customization options in Everything
Customization options in Everything

Apart from that, you can go to Tools > Options to customize the app further. You can add/remove drives from the index. Enable or disable the inclusion of system or hidden files and toggle search history.

If you want, you can change the font size and color of search results from under General > Fonts and Colors.

Using Void Everything in daily life

While everything shines in quickly letting me launch files and folders, lack of full-text search hurts a lot, if you are a kind of person who does not name files well. Using names to search for files is not going to be any better than using plain old Windows Search.

On the other hand, if you have a habit of naming files appropriately, finding and opening files becomes a breeze. I have added an AutoHotKey entry to launch Everything by pressing WIN+SPACE and with the key combination, searching for any files barely takes more than a couple of seconds for me.

How Everything works for you may differ, though, if you are always searching for photos or files and you expect to see thumbnails for pictures and complete full-text search, you won’t like the app.

There are some other things too; Everything does not support email search, something that can be a dealbreaker for many people.

On the plus side, if you work on FTP a lot, Everything’s ability to search FTP servers will come very handy to you.

Conclusion

Search Everything is a fast, lightweight app and it may be a godsend for people who don’t require full-text search and Email search. If you have a habit of naming files properly and you need an ultra fast searching application, you should give the app a try
if you are someone who needs full-text search, the internet has many other searching applications or even better, may be Windows’ built-in search is better suited for you than search everything.

Do you use any third party app to search on your computer? if yes, share your experience with us in the comments below.

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