What happened to the Status Bar?

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The Status Bar at the bottom of the Firefox window has been removed in Firefox 4 and its features have been moved to other places. This leaves more room to display websites which is especially important on smaller screens. This article explains where to find everything now and links to an add-on that recreates the old Status Bar.

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When you mouse over a link, a preview of the URL that you'll be taken to is now shown on the right-hand side of the Awesome Bar.

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 is the page loading status?

The page loading status is now shown in each tab. When Firefox is waiting for the website you requested to respond, you'll see a gray circle turning counter-clockwise. When the page begins to load the circle will turn greenblueorange and begin spinning clockwise. Finally, when the page is done loading the circle will disappear.

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. To turn it on:

  1. At the top of the Firefox windowOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox button, go over to the Options... arrow and check Add-on BarView menu, go down to Toolbars and check Add-on Bar.

How can I get the Status Bar back?

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