I must admit that I am a 100% certified neat freak when it comes to my Windows desktop. Outside of a few gadgets I have selected for use, my desktop is clear of any clutter or icons. I use the taskbar to keep icons available that I use everyday and also use the hide option to keep the bar off of my desktop as well. So when I go to my wife’s computer which is cluttered with junk and gunk, it drives me nuts! LOL

This morning while doing my daily surfing, I stumbled on a free program called Fences. Fences allows a user to organize their desktop clutter into nice organized boxes. I downloaded the free program and I must say, it works very well. In fact, if you are a desktop icon junkie, a collector of junk, or someone who just wants to cleanup their desktop, I would recommend giving this program a try.

Here is what the Fences people say about their software:

Basic Features of the free version:

  • 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 and unique, that we’ve applied for a patent on it. You can even pick icons and individual Fences to exclude!
  • Create snapshots, and have automatic scaling – Take and restore snapshots of your Fence layouts for backup, or for when you are doing different tasks. Change your resolultion for playing games and Fences will keep them in the same relative spots. In the Pro version of Fences, the “snapshot” feature has been enhanced to automatically take and keep recent snapshots on hand, ensuring your desktop layout never gets lost.
  • Take a look at a screen shot that shows how Fences ropes your desktop icons:

    The feature I like is that you can select the number of boxes [fences] you wish to use, the names you wish to call each one, plus if you double click on the desktop the boxes are hidden from view. Another double click on the desktop brings back the boxes. Nice touch.

    The software works with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, 32 bit and 64 bit.

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