How to Restore the Status Bar in Firefox 4

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For those who are using Firefox 4 beta 7, you will notice that the status bar is now gone. In the past, whenever you hover your mouse over a link, the URL will be displayed in the status bar. With the removal of the status bar, the URL is now displayed in the address bar, alongside the existing page’s URL. Many users are angry at this change and some even petition to get Mozilla to restore the status bar.

Since FIrefox 4 is still in beta, so it is still not clear whether the the status bar is going to be removed permanently, or this is just an experimentation by the Mozilla team. For the time being, we just have to make use of extensions to bring back the functionality of the status bar.

1. Link Target Display

Link Target Display is a simple, no frill Firefox extension that displays the link in the left bottom corner, just like in Google Chrome. It does not restore the status bar, but at least it restore the URL (the URL that appears when you hover over a link) to a position where all of us are familiar.

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There is one caveat though. When the URL is too long, it will get shorten in the display.

2. Status-4-Evar

Status-4-Evar is another extension that provides a collection of toolbar widgets that you can add to the add-on bar.

To use it, you have to first go to Preferences and select Add-on bar to get it to appear on the screen.

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Next, right click at the Add-on bar and select Customize.

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Drag the Status Text, Progress meter and Download Status icon to the add-on bar.

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Optionally, you can also get it to display the progress bar underneath the address bar.

What do you think of the removal of the status bar? Do it find it an annoyance or it is nothing to make a big fuss of? Let us know in the comments.

11 comments

    • You mean the status bar in the URL bar is a bug? No it it not, it is a new feature introduced by Mozilla, though I hope they won’t make it permanent.

  1. I hate the new status bar, it makes for a cleaner UI but a less usable UI in the end, sometimes form over function is not the best route.

    • You are not the first one to express your hatred toward the new status bar. Once again, I seriously hope that Mozilla will listen to its users and restore the status bar to its original position in the final release of Firefox 4.

  2. Mozilla doesn’t listen.
    This stupidest decision is creating problem w/o any visible advantage.

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