If you’re unfamiliar with the term “status bar”, you might think it’s a nightclub that makes you feel important. Badump-bum-tsh.
Nope. Status bars don’t serve alcohol.
Now that that’s out of the way. Let’s look at what a status bar really is.
What’s a Status Bar?
Many computer programs provide a status bar as part of their window display. The status bar gives the program an area to show brief status messages without opening a dialog box. (A dialog box is what you see when your computer asks if you’re sure you want to delete all the files on your hard drive or if you really want it to do what you just asked it to do.)
If you are using a program that has a status bar it will be located at the bottom of the window.
In web browsers the most common status bar message is “Done” (More on what this means later). Since you’re most likely reading this in a web browser, look at the bottom of the browser window, you should see an area that says “Done” near the lower left corner. That’s the status bar.
Finding the Status Bar
If you can’t find the status bar it might need to be enabled (i.e. turned on).
In either case, if the status bar is on there will be a check mark next to it (as in the example above) and clicking “Status Bar” will switch it to off. If the the check mark is missing, the status bar is off and clicking “Status Bar” will turn it on.
How Do I Use the Status Bar?
The most frequently noticed status bar usage is found in web browsers. Just after a link is clicked the status message changes from “Done” to “Connecting to . . . ” and then “Waiting for . . .” and then back to “Done”. This shows the status of the attempt to fetch a web page.
A less known but very informative use of the status bar is to a check link target before clicking the link. Hover your mouse pointer over this link and watch the status bar. You’ll see that it links to http://www.onlymyemail.com, our main web site.
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