Customize Status Bar in Excel 13

In all Microsoft Office programs there is the Status Bar which is located at the bottom of the window. On the Status Bar many options are activated by default, but we also have the option to activate or deactivate commands in order for them to help us. In the image below, we can see the Excel Status Bar with the commands Average, Count and Sum activated.

Status Bar

In order for us to customize the Status Bar, all we have to do is to do a right click on it and from the shortcut menu that appears we just click on the command that we want to activate or deactivate. In the image below we can see how we can customize the Status Bar.

Customize Status Bar

The commands that are available for us to activate or deactivate in Excel 13 are the following as shown in the table below:

Cell Mode: Selected by default, this option displays the current cell editing mode on the left side of the status bar. One of the following modes is displayed:

  • Ready to indicate a general state.
  • Enter to indicate content entry mode. It is displayed when you select a cell and start typing, or when you press F2 twice.
  • Edit to indicate in-cell editing mode. It is displayed when you double-click a cell, or when you press F2 so that you can enter or edit data in a cell.
  • Point to indicate formula cell selection mode. It is displayed when you start a formula and then click the cells that you want to include in the formula.
Flash Fill Blank Cells: Shows the number of cells that were skipped (left blank) after a Flash Fill operation.
Flash Fill Changed Cells: Shows the number of cells that were filled after a Flash Fill operation.
Signatures: Selected by default, this option indicates that the active workbook has been digitally signed.
Information Management Policy: Selected by default, this option indicates that Information Rights Management (IRM) has been used to restrict permission to content in the active workbook.
Permissions: Selected by default, this option displays an icon next to the Cell Mode indicator that you can click to view the current read and edit document permissions. This icon displays only when access to the document has been restricted (Microsoft Office Button, Prepare, Restrict Permission, Restricted Access).
Caps Lock: When selected, this option displays Caps Lock to indicate that CAPS LOCK is turned on to allow typing in uppercase characters. This option is not selected by default.
Num Lock: When selected, this option displays Num Lock to indicate that NUM LOCK is turned on to allow using the keys on the numeric keypad to enter numbers in the worksheet. This option is not selected by default.
Scroll Lock: Selected by default, this option displays Scroll Lock to indicate that SCROLL LOCK is turned on to allow scrolling in the worksheet by using the arrow keys.
Fixed Decimal: Selected by default, this option displays Fixed Decimal to indicate that all numerical values that you enter on the worksheet will be displayed with fixed decimals. This option is turned on when you select the Automatically insert a decimal point check box under Editing options on the Advanced tab of the Excel Options dialog box (Microsoft Office Button , Excel Options, Advanced).
Overtype Mode: When selected, this option displays Overtype to indicate that INSERT was pressed to activate overtype mode while editing cell contents in cell editing mode (double-click a cell or press F2). This option is not selected by default.
End Mode: Selected by default, this option displays End Mode to indicate that END was pressed to activate end mode. Pressing END followed by an arrow key moves the selection in the direction of the arrow key, stopping at the start and end of data, and then the start or end of the worksheet.
Macro Recording: Selected by default, this option displays a button next to the Cell Mode indicator that you can click to start recording a macro.
Selection Mode: Selected by default, this option displays one of the following cell selection modes.

  • Extend Selection when you press F8 to extend the cell selection by using arrow keys.
  • Add to Selection when you press SHIFT+F8 to add a nonadjacent cell or range to a selection of cells by using the arrow keys.
Page Number: Selected by default, this option displays the page number of the selected worksheet page and the number of pages in the worksheet when you are working in Page Layout view or Print Preview view.
Average: Selected by default, this option displays the average that is calculated from selected cells that contain numerical values.
Count: Selected by default, this option displays the number of selected cells.
Numerical Count: When selected, this option displays the number of selected cells that contain numerical values. This option is not selected by default.
Minimum: When selected, this option displays the minimum numerical value in selected cells. This option is not selected by default.
Maximum: When selected, this option displays the maximum numerical value in selected cells. This option is not selected by default.
Sum: Selected by default, this option displays the sum of numerical values in selected cells.
Upload Status: Shows a handy indicator in the status bar when we are uploading files to the Web.
View Shortcuts: Shows the three view buttons that let us switch between Normal View, Page Layout View and Page Break Preview.
Zoom Slider: Selected by default, this option displays the Zoom slider with the Zoom out and Zoom in buttons. You can then drag the slider or click the Zoom out and Zoom in buttons to magnify the content of the worksheet to have a closer look, or to reduce the size of the content on the worksheet so that you can view more content.
Zoom: Selected by default, this option displays the Zoom level. You can click Zoom to open the Zoom dialog box, where you can specify the percentage of magnification that you want to use.

Customize Status Bar

Explanation of Commands in the Excel Status Bar originated from:

https://support.office.com/en-ca/article/Excel-status-bar-options-6055ecd9-e20f-4a7a-a611-4481bd488c55

Below you can check out the video describing how to Customize the Excel 2013 Status Bar.

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