How to Hide the Internet Explorer Toolbar at the Bottom

By Rebecca Mecomber

The Internet Explorer Web browser is highly customizable. It has many toolbars that you can tailor to your liking. However, Internet Explorer is incrementally tied to your Windows operating system: Internet Explorer, like any of the other Windows Explorer windows such as My Computer, will remember the settings of your last session. Therefore, some Internet Explorer customizations do not save if one of the other Windows Explorer windows was closed with different customizations. The bottom toolbar in Internet Explorer is called the “Status Bar.” You can disable it in a few easy steps, and set Windows Explorer to make the change permanent.

Disable the Status Bar from Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Right-click any empty space on the Menu Bar. In the menu that appears, select “Status Bar” to remove the check mark. The menu will close.

Step 3

Right-click a second time on any empty space on the Menu Bar. In the menu that appears, select “Lock the Toolbars” to add a check mark. The menu will close.

Step 4

Press and hold the “CTRL” key on your keyboard, and simultaneously click the “X” in the upper right corner with your mouse to close Internet Explorer.

Disable the Status Bar From All Windows Explorer Windows

Step 1

Right-click the "Start" menu. In the menu that appears, click “Explore.” Click “View” in the Menu Bar. Look in the menu that appears. If “Status Bar” is checked, click the name to remove the check mark.

Step 2

In the same window, click “Tools” in the Menu Bar. Click “Folder Options,” and then “View.” Click the button “Apply to all folders.” Click “OK” to close the window. Close the “Start" menu window.

Step 3

Open Internet Explorer. Right-click any empty space on the Menu Bar. Make sure “Lock the Toolbars” has a check in the menu. Press the “CTRL” key on your keyboard, and simultaneously click the “X” with your mouse to close Internet Explorer.

Step 4

Reopen Internet Explorer to ensure that the Status Bar is disabled. Press the “CTRL” key on your keyboard, and simultaneously press the “N” key to open a new Internet Explorer window. Close all windows.

Step 5

Restart Internet Explorer. The Status Bar is disabled.