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Stardock Fences Keeps Your Desktop Clean

by brandonminiman | November 8, 2009November 8, 2009 2:27 pm PST


Do you have like 500 icons on your PC’s desktop? Since the desktop is such a convenient place to put program shortcuts, files, and folders, it becomes a dump for anything that you want to keep within close reach. The desktop in Windows really has no way to organize the icons…you can sort them alphabetically/by date modified/by file type and arrange them to a grid (or place them wherever), but in the end, you’re still left with a huge mess of icons.

Enter Fences by Stardock, a free program that creates movable and adjustable containers, or “fences”, into which you can place icons. This allows you to group related icons into a single fence: place your Photoshop PSD files in one, place your games in another, and add your communication programs to another. You can even customize the fences to have varying degrees of transparency and color.

Another cool feature of fences is that if you double click your desktop background, all of your desktop icons disappear. I use Windows 7’s desktop slideshow feature, so most of the time, I keep my desktop icons hidden so that I can view the full glory of the wallpaper backgrounds.

If you want to learn more about Fences, be sure to check out the video on the Stardocks website. I highly recommend it if you suffer from desktop clutter, as I once did.