I’ve been searching for something like this forever; the awesome desktop customization company Stardock finally came up with it. Many people want a “clean” desktop. Not me… I keep all my “current” stuff in view… I don’t care so much about looking at a pretty wallpaper (though Fences will help with that if you want it to). My PC is there to do work and my desktop has my current workload.
Fences lets you organize your desktop into icon groups and then you can hide your icons when they’re not in use. A “Fence”, a term coined by this program, is an icon group on your desktop. This doesn’t replace your current desktop, it just augments it and allows for better organization of your existing desktop.
In short, Fences allows you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable & resizable containers for your desktop icons. You can then use these groups to organize your computer’s desktop. Messy desktop’s say goodbye!
Rope off your desktop
Fences allows you to create shaded areas on your desktop that you can place icons in. You can label them however you wish, and move/resize them anywhere on the desktop. Pre-included layouts help speed the process for new users.
See your wallpaper again! Quickly hide & show all your icons with an easy double-click
Double click blank space on your desktop, and all your icons will fade out. Double click again, and they’ll return. We think this feature is so useful, we’re applying for a patent on it. And with the upcoming Fences FeaturePack / included in the community preview, you can even pick icons and individual Fences to exclude.
SmartFences, snapshots, skinning, automatic scaling (for screen size changes), and more
- Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
- On Vista and Windows 7, both 32bit and 64bit versions are supported.
- Fences is free (at least while it’s in beta) and you can grab a copy from Stardock here.