However organised you may be, it does not take long for a once tidy desktop to become cluttered with all manner of folders, shortcuts and files. This can have an impact on performance, but it also means that it can take a long time to find what you are looking for.
Fences is a program that may just be able to help you to keep on top of things. The utility can be used to create desktop-only folders called fences that can be used to house icons. Fences can be resized and positioned anywhere on screen and can include scrollbars to provide access to additional icons.
If you want to access your desktop, all that is needed is a quick double click of an empty area and all of your fences will fade away - double click again and they will re-appear. You can opt to allow the program to automatically create fences for you, or you can create those you feel are necessary.
Various desktop snapshots can be saved and loaded in an instant. This means that it is possible to save different desktop and Fences configurations for different tasks you perform on your computer. Fences is a real productivity enhancer which helps to keep your desktop free from unnecessary clutter so you can see what you are doing.
Note that Fences 2 is now trialware (previous versions were free).
Fences 2.1 offers these changes/improvements:
New: Persistent fences (and their icons) across pages
New: Network drive connection detection. Fences will attempt to recreate mapped folder locations on a reboot.
New: Page indicator. Skinnable via editing graphics in Images folder.
New: Added ability to reset appearance of All Fences
Fixed: Recycle bin jumps out of Fence
Fixed: Right click actions make files jump into the same fence
Fixed: Unable to move portal fence if title is off
Fixed: “Sort by” appears twice for folder fences with labels hidden
Fixed: icons would fall out of fence when ran if partially hidden
Fixed: You can no longer page onto blank screens (unless dragging an icon or a fence).
Fixed: When dragging a fence to a new page, you no longer endlessly scroll to new pages if you stay on the edge.