Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Displaying a Message in the Status Bar.

Displaying a Message in the Status Bar

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 2, 2013)


When you are creating VBA macros, you can place a message on the status bar by using (oddly enough) the StatusBar property. For instance, the statement

StatusBar = "I'm working as fast as I can..."

will print the message within the quote marks on the status bar. If you use the StatusBar property, you can keep users informed about what your macro is doing. (After all, it's best not to leave them wondering.) If you want to "turn off" what is displayed in the status bar, you can do so by using the following statement:

StatusBar = ""

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (723) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Displaying a Message in the Status Bar.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is five less than 8?

2016-12-07 01:01:51

John Davidson

Later ... On a whim, I commented out a SendKeys "{ESC}" - and the status bar is now behaving. So using the virtual keyboard messes up programming use of the Status Bar

2016-12-07 00:03:10

John Davidson

When displaying a message on the status bar at the end of a subroutine, it doesn't always remain in place when the subroutine ends. It can get overwritten by Word's standard status bar even before the user touches the keyboard or anything else. If you flash up a Word dialogue box and dismiss just before the end of a sub, for example. Even if you add a wait statement to let the screen settle down before displaying the status bar. Anyone got any ideas on how to make the status bar message stay around until the user types or clicks something?

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