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Hi, I'm Dave Hyndman. I am a senior IT consultant providing CIO-level advice to small & medium businesses, non-profits and government departments and agencies.‚Äč

How to make IE6 always display the status bar

I finally found a fix to glitch in Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP that drives me crazy. It seemed impossible to have IE6 consistently display the status bar at the bottom of the browser window. I always like having the status bar visible, mostly so I can see where a link is going to take me (by hovering over the link and checking the status bar) before I click-through. To have IE6 always display the status bar, do the following:

  • With (only one) IE window open, click View and select: Status Bar
  • Hold down the Ctrl key and click the close button (red X, upper right corner)
  • Open Windows Explorer (File Explorer), click View and select: Status Bar
  • Click Tools > Folder Options > View tab
  • Click the "Apply to all folders" button

I'd like to give credit for the tip but when I found it, I copied it into an Outlook note without noting the source. Apologies to the author.