The Status Bar

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The Status Bar

The Status Bar

The Status Bar, located at the bottom of Excel, shows basic information about your workbook and enables you to change your viewing settings. Specific items on the Status Bar include:

  1. Ready status. Ready indicates that you are ready to begin entering data. Enter indicates that you are working within a cell. Edit indicates that you are editing existing data within a cell.
  2. Information about highlighted data. You can customize what you see, but things you see by default include Average, Count and Sum.
  3. View controls. You can choose from a selection of views (Normal, Page Layout, and Page Break Preview).
  4. Zoom control. You can zoom in or out, to make the workbook bigger or smaller, based on your personal preference. Zooming changes the size of what you're viewing. It does not change what you actually print out.

Status Bar