How to enable Status Bar in Firefox newer versions

After the overhaul of Firefox(from version 4) and in sync with the faster development cycle (à la Google Chrome) Mozilla guys has removed the status bar in Firefox 4 to make make way for more screen space and also to imitate Google Chrome. Lots of existing users may be wondering where the good ol’ Status Bar has gone.

In the new Australis theme(starting from Firefox 29),  the add-on toolbar (including the status-bar) was also removed. The Status Bar removal may have affected the users who are heavy users of Firefox Extensions.

How can I enable the Firefox status bar?

You cannot enable it by default, it’s available on-demand. Read below…

So where is 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.

Show me my new Status Bar 😕

Firefox Status Bar

24 Responses

  1. Dave Y December 19, 2011 / 10:48 PM

    Was looking for this for long.

  2. David Wong February 16, 2012 / 10:24 AM

    How can I get the Colorzilla icon to appear in the add-on bar?

  3. Whoever August 13, 2012 / 1:12 PM

    Completely rubbish. You were supposed to inform abt the status bar instead of the new Add-On bar which is completely different from the status bar usage point-of-view.

  4. Rama April 30, 2014 / 7:05 PM

    The title of this post is misleading. You actually need to install an Add-on-Bar plugin for this (which is not a status bar). The post says nothing about this, nor does it provide a link to the Add-on-Bar plugin (extension). Also the status bar and the add on bar are two different things.

  5. Lorri May 10, 2014 / 6:42 PM

    29.0.1 seems to have caved and the status bar is back, so this article is rendered largely moot. The status bar part. I don’t give two hoots at a barred owl about the add-ons bar.

    • Galmok May 20, 2014 / 1:14 PM

      29.0.1 does NOT enable the status bar. I don’t know where you have gotten your status bar from, but I do not have it in my 29.0.1 and there is no way to enable it. I hate when FF remove stuff that cannot be added back!

  6. Obat Bersin May 17, 2014 / 8:50 PM

    Thanks for sharing, but it’s not work.
    I use Mozilla Firefox 29.0.1

  7. Ajin May 19, 2014 / 4:10 PM

    Thanks it works perfectly!

    • Oberst Bersarin July 17, 2014 / 3:31 PM

      I use ff30 and the key is >Status-4-Evar<
      Try this please: download the firefox-extension Status-4-Evar into firefox, restart firefox, an you have the old statusbar-line down in the firefox-window, and the right-click-menue into the line shows: STATUS BAR ; and everything ist fine!

  8. D August 21, 2014 / 9:46 AM

    Thanks, just what I needed. FF, why would you do something so stupid? The only reason I use you is your plugins!

    • Mithun John Jacob August 21, 2014 / 10:49 PM

      It’s not about the plugins alone. FF is a very capable browser and it’s not a memory hog(as in the older days)

  9. Jacob Koshy November 23, 2014 / 3:45 PM

    It has gotten very tough to access all the previously handy extensions now, is there any add on that can bring back the old status bar?

  10. donnie May 22, 2015 / 3:26 PM

    The new status bar flashes annoyingly at the bottom left of the screen.
    This add-on works well – makes it all the same colour.

  11. Biff May 27, 2015 / 7:56 AM

    Why do the Firefox developers insist on making their browser more like Chrome? I hate Chrome. I liked the Status Bar. The new “status bar” blocks content – it’s extremely irritating.

    I installed Status4Evar on non criticial PCs, but for the PC I do banking on and other secure work, I don’t want to install random addons from who knows – I can’t possibly vet them. Presumably Firefox has safeguards against their code being hacked, but an individual developer who provides an addon – I doubt it.

    I hate all the changes they’ve made to FF to make it more Chrome like:
    * don’t put titles in the window header bar
    * the by-default-hidden menu bar (at least this one I can fix with about:config)
    * the rounded tabs
    * the menus inside webpages like … Chrome!

    A lot of these seem to be designed for users with tiny screens. I use a 20″ monitor all day long for work, and these changes are all steps backwards.

  12. Ramadan June 12, 2015 / 10:42 AM

    Well, I usually avoid commenting on blogs but here I have something really interesting which convinced me to comment on this article. I like the way you describe in your article. I really called it worth reading. Keep updating us.

  13. Patrick Dennison January 2, 2016 / 8:43 AM

    The status bar being gone is more than disappointing but I won’t write what I really would like to say. I prefer to have a ‘border’ between the browser viewing pane and my Start Menu Bar…now it just looks like my browser is too big and disappearing off the screen. 🙁 I don’t understand users that quibble about 1/4 inch of screen property and get this element eliminated when it used to contain valuable features and information.

  14. John R. Aye January 30, 2016 / 9:35 AM

    I am running a 43.0.4 and the status bar is gone again
    and I got it back with the firefox-extension Status-4-Evar
    good going guy’s if you need a status bar select Status-4-Evar and search for it

    • Riq February 27, 2016 / 10:23 PM

      Ty Bro you solved a lot of issues wit ur solution.

  15. SammyD April 5, 2016 / 7:11 PM

    The “Status-4-Evar” plugin worked for me aswell. I had Firefox installed for a while, and after an OS install, I had to install everything from scratch. The only problem was that I forgot the name of the status-bar plugin. The Status-4-evar should do the trick for you. Just google it

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