My desk is a mess, so is my desktop.
And that is only one of my two screens. I fill the other one with Sticky Notes, OneNote, the spreadsheet where I outline my work, and a couple other stuff.
But even if I thrive in a such a mess, I often like to focus on a single task, be it reading, or writing, or whatever. At those times, I don’t like having any mess
around me on my screen.
I could use virtual desktops, or I could Win+D to hide everything save the wallpaper, and then only show the app I’m working with. But there is a simpler, more focused, and much faster solution.
The same screen, in a focused mode, thanks to CinemaDrape.
CinemaDrape is a cool little freeware that let you quickly mask everything on a screen save a see-through zone. It will let you define one or more zone, and their size: you just draw a rectangle on screen. You can change the background color.
It’s rudimentary, but it’s working really great, including with a multiple monitors setup. The app is light and really fast (default keyboard shortcut to (de)activate it being Ctrl+F11).
I use it all the time.