What happened to the Status Bar?

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  • Creator: Michael Verdi
  • Comment: Updated with latest status bar behavior, new screenshots for windows, mac, linux
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The Status Bar at the bottom of the Firefox window has changed in Firefox 4 and some of it's features have been moved to other places. This article explains where to find everything and links to an add-on that recreates the old Status Bar.

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The new Status Bar

The new Firefox Status Bar only shows page loading activity and link previews. When neither of those are needed it simply disappears.

When you mouse over a link, a preview of the URL popups at the bottom left side of the page.
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Where is the page loading status?

When Firefox is loading images and other assets from a website, a popup at the bottom left side of the page that displays the URLs where these things are coming from. When the page is done loading the status popup disappears.
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Where is the downloads status?

The status of downloads can be found in the Where to find and manage downloaded files in Firefox which conveniently opens when you download a file.

Where are my Add-ons?

Many Add-ons used to place an icon in the Status Bar that gave you quick access to their features. Now they have their own toolbar called, you guessed it, the Add-on bar. The Add-on bar isn't shown by default — it's only shown when you install an Add-on that uses it. To learn more, see The Add-on Bar gives you quick access to add-on features
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How can I get the old Status Bar back?

The old Status Bar is dead, long live Status-4-Evar! Status-4-Evar is an Add-on that recreates all of the features of the old Status Bar and lets you put them in the new Add-on Bar.