I'm in the same boat. I like having fences as it gives me quick access to folders I selected, but not being able to arrange my desktop icons (those that i've chosen not to place within a fence) in any way that I choose. I would be able to deal with it if auto-arrange wasn't completely random. If I arrange by type, like items do not arrange next to each other. For example, multiple .xlsx files I would expect to arrange alphabetically next to each other. This does not happen at all.
I've recently bought this software and am about ready to abandon it and chock it to a loss since I not allowed to use a core function of windows.