Fences is a desktop icon organization program brought to you by Stardock the same people that made ObjectDock, which I have been using on a daily basis recently (and also the publisher for Sins of a Solar Empire, which I’ll get around to playing one of these days). Fences allows you to create groups on your desktop for icons and such. Sure, you can cluster your icons (trust me, I’ve done that for years) but Fences keeps things a little more organized.
Right-click and drag a selection on your desktop to make a fence area. The area can then be resized vertically and horizontally. If your selected area includes icons, they will be added to the new fence. If you resize the fence area to be smaller than the number of icons you have, scroll bars are added to the fence to allow you to navigate to all of your icons.
You can sort and re-order the icons to your hearts content. They move with a graceful little slide when they’re re-positioned. For a long time I’ve thought categorizing icons on your desktop has been the way to go and Fences just improves on that concept by creating strict, labeled areas. After that, you can move the entire fence area to move that category of icons. As you can see by the screenshot below, not all icons have to be in a Fence either.
Fences allows you full customization of how the Fences look. You can change transparency, color, border, and the color of the text heading each area. If you want your icons to stand out a little more from your background, this is definitely the answer.
Right now, Fences is in the Beta stage, so there might be a few bugs still lingering, but the program is free and will have a free counter-part when the 1.0 release is made. There will also be a professional version with even more features.
Get Fences and organize your desktop.