Replace Safari's status bar with superior one

Safari for MacDo you have the status bar at the bottom of Safari's browser window visible? If you do, it can show useful information like the destination of links, buttons and menus. The downside is that you lose a bit of screen space. That's OK on a 27in iMac, but if you use a MacBook you need every last pixel because the screen is small. Ultimate Status Bar maximise the screen space while providing an even more powerful status bar.

If you don't currently have Safari's status bar on the screen, go to the View menu and select Show Status Bar. Let the mouse hover over a link on a web page and you will see it display the link destination. That isn't always obvious from the text on the screen and it can be useful to know. For example, you can often see if something will lead to an advert or some other unwanted destination, a PDF file you would rather not download, and so on.

The staus bar is very useful, but it steals space that could be used for displaying more of the web page, so hide it on the View menu. Then go to the Safari menu and select Safari Extensions. This opens the Safari Extensions gallery. Click Categories and select Productivity from the menu. Install Ultimate Status Bar.

Afterwards, go to Safari, Preferences, select Extensions and then Ultimate Status Bar. Enable it if it isn't automatically enabled. Most of the time Utilmate Status Bar shows the same information as the built in Safari status bar, but the big difference is that it it disappears when there is nothing to show. This means that it doesn't get in the way of the web page content. It only appears when the mouse is over a link, menu or button.

Ultimate Status Bar for Safari

It does more than show links though, and it displays a website's icon if one is available. OK, that's not a ground-breaking must-have feature, but it's a nice addition. More importantly, it can display the size of files on download links. This is useful because you will get an idea of how big the download is and how long it is likely to take before you click the link. Descriptive text can be added to URLs when you mouse over a link, and shortened URLs can be expanded. The options are all there in the preferences.

There is also a choice of themes for the Ultimate Status bar display, a zoom level (font size), and a fade time. It won't always display expanded URLs or download sizes because it is possible to obscure them using various web programming techniques, but the worst case scenario is that you get the same information as the Safari status bar. When it can though, it displays a lot more useful information than you usually get and it is an extension that is worth having.





You do not show the dates on which the article was written, which enables the reader to evaluate whether the information is applicable to the current version of the OS/apps.

It's possible to put dates on articles and I'll consider it. However, many tips, including this one, work with multiple versions of OS X. If the article date was displayed as two years ago for example, some people might not read it, even though the tip/review/feature works perfectly well on their Mac.

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