I use this
program (the free version) and it works great. You will need to set the little groupings so that when you double click the desktop the don't hide (by default a new 'fence' is set to hide when you do so). You can easily add it to the exclusion list. The only problem with this software is that when you change resolutions (eg when I take my LT and disconnect it from my docking station and use it, or plug it into another monitor) the fences get all screwed up and you need to re-organize them; however there is the 'snap-shot' feature which I have just never looked into but probably would solve this issue.
I really like it, you can label them, change the colors, the opacity, etc. You can make them small and then the icons inside (if they exceed the fence size) are then scroll-able. It is fairly easy to use and there is a 'management window'. Everything is rightclick-based for creating new fences, and managing existing ones. It is like adding a new feature to the standard right-click on desktop.
Ah yes, Happy Birthday as well- 87 years young