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Fences and Start10 are two popular apps from Stardock. Fences is an app that lets you organize your desktop icons into customizable fences. Start10 is an alternative Start menu for Windows 10 that brings additional options over the default Start menu. Both of these are also included with an Object Desktop membership.

One of the great things about having both these apps is they work wonderfully together and Start10 has an integrated feature with Fences which allows you to show your fences in the Start menu.

There’s really no setup involved, you just need to make sure in Start10 you are using either the Windows 7 Style or Modern Style Start menu configuration.

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I have several fences on my desktop including folder portals, and with the Start10 integration I can now have quick access to them via my Start menu.

As you can see in the screenshot below, my ‘Desktop Stuff’ fence also shows up in my Start menu.

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Learn more about Start10 and Fences.

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Mar 17, 2017 12:58 PM by Discussion: WindowBlinds

The WindowBlinds 10.58 beta is now available for download. 

Changelog:

  • Insider build fixes (Up to 15058)
    • Fix for Edge
    • Fix for Calculator
    • Fix for Explorer Ribbon losing color on sleep
    • Fix for logging out and back in when applying certain skins (Corporate for example)
  • Fix for Windows 7 Explorer rendering issues

Current WindowBlinds 10 users and Object Desktop members can download the betas from your Stardock account.

Please uninstall the previous version, reboot and then install the new version.
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Mar 14, 2017 7:23 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Today is Pi Day, and if we need another reason to eat actual pie well then this is as good as any. To celebrate, we had a “pie-off”.

Congrats to the winners and all the others who got to taste these wonderful creations.

1st: Frozen Key Lime Mousse pie (Kristy)

2nd: Candy-bar (Amy) 

3rd: (Not)Beef & broccoli pie (Aaron)

 

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Mar 14, 2017 7:23 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Today is Pi Day, and if we need another reason to eat actual pie well then this is as good as any. To celebrate, we had a “pie-off”.

Congrats to the winners and all the others who got to taste these wonderful creations.

1st: Frozen Key Lime Mousse pie (Kristy)

2nd: Candy-bar (Amy) 

3rd: (Not)Beef & broccoli pie (Aaron)

 

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Mar 6, 2017 1:46 PM by Discussion: OS Customization

Since we don't have a wiki any longer, I wanted to at least have a place where tutorials and guides can be listed for easy reference.

More will be added.

 

Object Desktop

Object Desktop: The Benefits of Subscribing

Reminder: Backup Your Object Desktop Apps!

 

Object Desktop Manager

Using Object Desktop Manager

 

WindowBlinds

WindowBlinds 10 Walkthrough: Changing your Desktop Theme

WindowBlinds 8 Walkthrough: Changing and Applying Skins

WindowBlinds 8 Walkthrough: The New User Interface

WindowBlinds 8: Colors, Textures, and Backgrounds

 

DeskScapes

DeskScapes 8: How to Have Animated Wallpapers on Your Windows Desktop

Animated Wallpapers for Windows 8 with DeskScapes 8

How to Create an Animated Wallpaper Using Stardock’s DreamMaker

DeskScapes: Using Random Wallpapers on Your Desktop



ObjectDock

 

Start8 

 

ModernMix 

 

Decor8 

 

Stardock Central 

 

WindowFX 

 

Tiles 

  

Stardock Store 

 

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This is a question that gets asked quite frequently, so with the help of Zubaz I wanted to put together this quick how-to on backup and restore your Fences layouts.

You can restore your snapshots if you are having issues with your current layout, or want to move them to another PC.

Layout snapshots

In the Fences configuration you can see your snapshot settings and a display of your current snapshots. You can also set Fences to take daily snapshots or manually take one.

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Snapshots are stored in the following directories:

7/8/10: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Stardock\Fences\Backups

You will need to replace USERNAME with your user account name on your PC.

Alternatively, you can import the following registry key into the new machine's registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Stardock\Fences

To restore a snapshot:

  1. Right click on the desktop and select "Configure Fences..."
  2. Click on "Layout and snapping" on the left hand side of the configuration window that appears.
  3. Select a snapshot you wish to revert to. A preview window will appear showing you what the desktop will look like.
  4. Click Restore Snapshot to revert the desktop to this preview.
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We’ve had a bunch of new and updated WindowBlinds skins submitted over the past few weeks. Since we have started a new month, lets take a look back and feature some of these fantastic skins.

You can see all the latest WindowBlinds skins here: http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds

Pinpoint by DaveBax

 

True Classic by codewar65

 

Blue Sapphire by don5318

 

Black Sails by LightStar

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Coming December 15, 2017.

“THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.”

http://www.starwars.com/news/the-official-title-for-star-wars-episode-viii-revealed

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The WindowBlinds 10.57 beta is now available for download. 

Changelog:

  • Fixed seach icon in explorer and start menu
  • Fixed broken navigation arrow button in Explorer
  • Fixed Groove resizing issue - http://forums.wincustomize.com/481930 
  • Fixed odd text painting issue when switching from default theme to WB skin in explorer
  • Fixed issue with Start10 when not using WB theme (but WB on) - not having shutdown text visible if just switched from default theme
  • Tweaked modern app frame
  • Fixed a problem with modern apps on Win10 Insider 15042 where if you resized them tiny the app would not resize or move again
  • Fixed problem with the desktop menu on Win10 Insider 15042 not having text sometimes after switching from default theme to WB skin
  • Fixed Win10 Insider 15042 window prompting users to only use Store apps - Titlebar was not skinned

Current WindowBlinds 10 users and Object Desktop members can download the betas from your Stardock account.

Please uninstall the previous version, reboot and then install the new version.
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If you are a Windows 10 user, we have a great set of apps that can help you customize and enhance your user experience. The best part is, this can be done for under $10 each!

Below is a quick overview of each app and what it can do to improve your Windows 10 experience.


Fences
Fences lets you organize your icons and shortcuts by placing them into fences, which are customizable shaded areas located on your desktop. You can even create folder portals, which gives you easy access to frequently used folders without having to hunt around for them. Fences can also be rolled up to create an even cleaner looking desktop.

Get Fences for $9.99

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WindowBlinds
WindowBlinds lets you change the complete look and feel of your user interface by applying custom skins. There are thousands of skins available for download from WinCustomize.com in a variety of styles that can fit just about any style you might be looking for. These skins can also be customized further by adjusting transparency, applying different colors and textures, and much more.

If you are using Windows 10 and the popular Start10 application, then WindowBlinds will also change the Start menu to match the rest of the skin.

Get WindowBlinds for $9.99

 

DeskScapes
DeskScapes is a very cool app. It puts animated wallpapers right on your desktop and works great with other applications, such as WindowBlinds. You can use animated videos and pictures - DeskScapes even has over 40 special effects that can be applied to your wallpapers. Wallpapers can also be customized with animations and the animated wallpapers can even be used as a screensaver.

Get DeskScapes for $9.99

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IconPackager
If you are tired of the default icons in Windows, then we have a great solution for you. IconPackager can change the default Windows icons with icon packages. These bundled packs of custom icons can also be customized and recolored from within IconPackager. 

Get IconPackager for $9.99



These are just a few examples of the many desktop enhancements we have available for Windows users. You can see all the rest of our apps here. I also recommend taking a look at Object Desktop, the suite of desktop apps which include everything mentioned above, and many more.

Learn more about Object Desktop here.

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