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Controlling Display of the Status Bar

The status bar is the area at the bottom of the Word window that indicates information about the current document. It displays information about what page you are on, as well as your line number on the page and character number on the line. It also shows information about which editing toggles you have turned on. If you need more room to view a document, or you don't need the information provided by the status bar, you can turn it off. To control display of the status bar, follow these steps if you are using a version of Word prior to Word 2007:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the View tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The View tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Click on the Status Bar check box. If there is a check mark in the check box, then the status bar will be displayed; no check mark means it will not.
  5. Click on OK.

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Shaista     24 Oct 2016, 15:22
How to get tool manu
GeordieLad    21 Aug 2016, 05:30
Unless I'm at cross-purposes with everyone (in which case, my apologies) I find it useful with modern widescreen monitors (16x9 aspect ratio) to have the Status Bar at the right hand side of the screen, at least form most applications where a very wide screen is not needed.

If I'm not teaching "granny to suck eggs", this is achieved by clicking on the space adjacent to the Start icon and dragging to the right hand side of the screen.

The width of the new Status Bar can then be adjusted to suit one's needs. This results in a tidy grouping of current program icons with a table of open folders and files below.
Daniel    20 Aug 2016, 08:39
This worked for me: Thanks Tommy

"Using WORD 2013, I could not see my status bar. After MUCH searching the internet with no solution, I accidentally clicked the button on the upper right where you can Maximize, Minimize, or close the window. Mine was already on Maximize - I clicked on the Maximize button again and it made the window smaller - AND I COULD SEE THE STATUS BAR. I dragged the corner of the window to make it almost "full screen", leaving room to see the status bar at the bottom."
sally    04 Aug 2016, 07:32
I did not find the status bar when I used the upper right hand Maximize, Minimize button. How do I keep track of word count? Is there no easy fix for this? I've been searching all night online!
Hagop Kasparian    21 Apr 2016, 10:37
Finally got my answer
Jan    01 Apr 2016, 04:15
What Tommy said. Thank you!!!!
Frustrated word user    02 Mar 2016, 07:35
@Tommy: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Marlene Smith-Baranzini    25 Feb 2016, 17:22
I'm in Word 2013 and find that some documents don't open with the status bar showing. I need it! Is there a way to find it and restore it?
Thank you,
Marlene
Tommy    20 Jan 2016, 18:36
Using WORD 2013, I could not see my status bar. After MUCH searching the internet with no solution, I accidently clicked the button on the upper right where you can Maximize, Minimize, or close the window. Mine was already on Maximize - I clicked on the Maximize button again and it made the window smaller - AND I COULD SEE THE STATUS BAR. I dragged the corner of the window to make it almost "full screen", leaving room to see the status bar at the bottom.
Charles Kenyon    28 Oct 2015, 18:35
I just discovered that the settings for the status bar are saved in the registry. Passing that on.
Michael    07 Aug 2015, 08:33
When I right-click on the status bar it says that all features are on (page number, word count, etc.) However, in reality my status bar shows NOTHING. It happened just a few days ago. Before, everything was OK.
vensent    05 Mar 2015, 09:06
How do you get the status bar to display on Word 2010?
David    05 Jul 2014, 20:02
How do you get the status bar to display on Word 2010?
Donna Manning    07 Feb 2014, 21:37
I need to know how to eliminate the status bar in Word 2013, the green bar that runs across the bottom of the window. When I type on the bottom line, it falls below it so that half of the line is cut off. I use Word 2013 for work, transcripts, and cannot change line numbers, spacing or anything like that.
awyatt    20 Dec 2013, 08:55
IIRC, there is no way to turn off the status bar in Word 2013.

-Allen
Michael    20 Dec 2013, 00:40
What if you are using Word 2013? I don't want the status bar at the bottom of the document and I can't figure out how to get rid of it.
 
 

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