I looked at the Fences software by Stardock, as suggested here. But I don't think this fits my needs. As some reviewers said, Fences is merely just creates a prettier looking clutter. I want to get rid of the clutter, not prettify it. But that doesn't necessarily mean I want to delete files, folders and shortcuts from my desktop.
I could use the option to hide the desktop icons. But what good is that? That makes the desktop useless, because to access an object on desktop I need to un-hide the icons first. Sometimes this results in re-arranged icons or re-sized icons which makes it harder for me to find the icon I want, because it is no longer where I left it on the desktop. Locating that icon again is not easy if you have many icons.
Right now I have over 240 icons on my desktop. This has the effect that some icons are shown on top of each other in the upper left corner. My current desktop fits exactly 240 icons. I'd say I have about 80 icons on my desktop on average. So I usually have many icons on my desktop, but I don't have this many very often. I like to have the files and folders for the projects I actively work on right on my desktop. I'm no fan of browsing for files. So unless I'm done with it, I don't like to delete it or stash it in the archive.
I am really looking for a way to add more space to keep on adding icons. Adding a second monitor is not an option. I have second monitor I could use but I don't have the space for it on my desktop (no not that desktop, the real desktop).
I tried one of those virtual desktop managers but it only allows me to have different sets of task bars for running windowed programs, the desktop icons stay the same. I don't really need any help organizing running programs, I usually have about 10 running windowed programs on an average day. I tried the one called Finestra Virtual Desktops (previously known as VDM - virtual desktop manager), as suggested here.
Q: What can I do to better organize my desktop?