Items that appear in the status bar

The status bar, which is a horizontal area at the bottom of the document window in Microsoft Word, provides information about the current state of what you are viewing in the window and any other contextual information.

To display the status bar, click Options on the Tools menu, click the View tab, and then select the Status bar check box under Show.

Page number

Shows the page number.

Sec number

Shows the section (section: A portion of a document in which you set certain page formatting options. You create a new section when you want to change such properties as line numbering, number of columns, or headers and footers.) number of the page shown in the window.

Number/number

Shows the page number and the total number of pages based on the physical page count in the document.

At measurement

Shows the distance from the top of the page to your insertion point. No measurement is displayed if the insertion point is not in the window.

Ln number

Shows the line of text where the insertion point is located. No measurement is displayed if the insertion point is not in the window.

Col number

Shows the distance, in number of characters, from the left margin to the insertion point. No measurement is displayed if the insertion point is not in the window.

REC

Shows the macro recorder status. Double-click REC to turn the macro recorder on or off. When the recorder is off, REC appears dimmed.

TRK

Shows the track changes status. Double-click TRK to turn the Track Changes feature on or off. When changes are not being tracked, TRK appears dimmed.

EXT

Shows the extend selection mode status. Double-click EXT to turn the mode on or off. When selection mode is off, EXT appears dimmed.

OVR

Shows the overtype (overtype: The replacement of existing characters with newly typed characters. When overtype mode is turned on, OVR appears in the status bar.) mode status. Double-click OVR to turn the mode on or off. When overtype mode is off, OVR appears dimmed.

Language

Shows the language at the insertion point. Double-click to change the language format of selected text.

Spelling and grammar checking status icon

Shows the spelling and grammar checking status. When Word is in the process of checking for errors, an animated pen appears over the book. If no errors are found, a check mark appears. If an error is found, an "X" appears. To resolve the error, double-click this icon.

When the spelling and grammar checker options are turned off, the grammar checker continues to run to recognize smart tags (action tags: Data recognized and labeled as a particular type. For example, a person's name or the name of a recent Microsoft Outlook e-mail message recipient is a type of data that can be recognized and labeled with an action tag.).

If you want the spelling and grammar checker to be turned off, you also need to turn off smart tags.

  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options, and then click the Smart Tags tab.
  2. Clear the Label text with smart tags check box.

Background save status icon

Shows the background save status. When a pulsating disk icon appears, Word is saving your document in the background as you work.

Background print status icon

Shows the background print status. When a printer icon appears, Word is printing your document in the background as you work. A number next to the printer icon shows the current page number being printed. To cancel the print job, double-click the printer icon.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003