I have to admit that I am a person that NEEDS the status bar to be there at all times even though it can be disabled. When it comes to the Windows operating system, one of the first settings that I’ll change is to enable the Status bar by pressing pressing Alt+V (opens the View menu) in Explorer and click on the Status Bar to activate it. The same thing goes for web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox. If you haven’t noticed, recently the Status bar feature is considered to be obsolete because it is taking up unnecessary space even though it’s only 25 pixels high. The Status bar is not enabled by default in Windows 7 and even on the latest Internet Explorer 9. As for Windows 7, since the Details pane is enabled by default, there is no reason to have the status bar anymore.
In fact, you can’t even find a permanent status bar in Google Chrome and in Mozilla Firefox versions 4 and above. The permanent status bar in Firefox has been changed to show and hide when it is needed. For example when you move your mouse to a link, a temporary status bar shows the URL of the link that the mouse is hovered on, then hides away when you move your mouse away from the link. According to Firefox developers, the Status bar has been replaced with the Add-On bar which can be enabled from View > Toolbars > Add-On bar or press the hotkey left Ctrl+/. When the Add-on bar is enabled, it shows the small icons of add-ons that you have installed in Firefox. However when you move the mouse cursor to a link, the URL temporarily shows up on top of the add-on bar, not inside the add-on bar.
I’ve received an email from someone asking me if I know of a way to restore back the missing permanent status bar in Firefox 4+. If you’re also someone who would like to see the old status bar back, fortunately there is an easy way to do it without hacking the core of Firefox.
All you need to do is install the Firefox Add-on called Status-4-Evar which will bring back some of the old status bar items, giving you more control over the built-in Firefox features, and provide new alternatives.
1. In Firefox 4 or newer, simultaneously press Ctrl+Shift+A which will bring up the Add-ons Manager.
2. Type Status-4-Evar at the Search all add-ons bar at the top right and hit enter.
3. Or simply visit the Status-4-Evar Add-on webpage directly.
4. Click the Add to Firefox button, then the Install button for Status-4-Evar and finally restart your Firefox 4+ web browser.
When you’re back in your browser, Firefox 4+ now shows the permanent status bar that you normally see in Firefox 3.
Actually, the Status-4-Evar bar is quite configurable and there are some other useful functions that can be placed there including Status Text, Download Progress Meter, and Download Status items. These functions call all be edited to look different, provide different snippets of information, and they can be moved wherever you want. Press Ctrl+Shift+A to bring up the Add-ons Manager and click on the Status-4-Evar Options button to configure these settings for yourself.