As far as applications go, Stardock’s Fences is perhaps one of the most featureless. However that is not to say it isn’t one of the best. As it happens, it’s actually one of my favourite desktop enhancement apps around.
Basically, it allows you to create customisable areas on your desktop where you can arrange your icons. You can add headers to your areas to label which icons go where. It may sound pretty pointless, but in my experience it makes your desktop feel a lot more organised and ultimately a much nicer and productive place to operate.
As far as customisation goes, you can change the background colours of each area or the transparency. This is helpful if you prefer having photos or patterned desktop wallpaper, so you don’t end up with a whole load of coloured patches destroying the place. There are also several different styles of are you can choose which simply allows you to position the headings. In addition to these are the options to have scrollbars and such things in your icon space.
Another very useful feature is the ability to hide and reveal desktop icons with a simple double click. This is handy if you’re one of the perfectionists among us who demand clean desktops, like me for instance, for me there’s nothing worse than booting into a desktop heaving with shortcuts to photos or documents and such things that should really be stored away someplace else. You can choose which icons to exclude from the double click hide so you can organise it in any way you want. Oh and this is also a fantastic way to hide the recycle bin without the hassle of using third party applications like CCleaner to empty it.
As far as features go, that’s about your lot. But what it lacks in quantity, it definitely makes up for in quality. A lightweight application with a neat interface on the customising screen and in terms of simplicity it’s unparalleled. To create a new ‘fence’ you just do a quick right click drag on the desktop and arrange it as you like from there. Once sorted you can choose to lock your fences in position to save accidentally and somewhat annoyingly dragging them across the screen.