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How do I keep the status bar from disappearing in Internet Explorer 6?

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How do I keep the status bar from disappearing in Internet Explorer 6?

Definitely an annoyance, isn’t it? This turns out to be a bug in Internet Explorer 6. You can read the admission in the Microsoft KnowledgeBase here.

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Shouldn’t we no longer be using Internet Explorer 6?

Absolutely. This article remains for historical purposes – it is the first article that was published on Ask Leo!.

There are workarounds. They’re not horrible, but they can be a little involved. This question came up on experts exchange, and a couple of approaches are detailed there. It really depends on how important the feature is to you, and how comfortable you are following the work-around steps.

Personally I live with it, since “View”, “Status Bar” is a two click solution for those cases when I care.

Posted: August 10, 2003 in: Internet Explorer
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4 comments on “How do I keep the status bar from disappearing in Internet Explorer 6?”

  1. I am haveing trouble with the bar at the bottom disappearing from sight, how do i keep this from happening, or how do i get it back.

  2. I’ve done the steps MS suggests on the knowledge base site and the status bar still is gone from IE. It’s there already in windows explorer as well.

  3. Leo – love your website! My problem is that my status bar won’t show destination URLs when i hover over them. I can see them in outlook express.

    Thanks, Pete

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