Here's our Microsoft Office Tip for.. August 20, 2001
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Locating the Status Bar
The status bar lies just below your worksheet and above the Windows taskbar. While you're working, Excel uses the status bar to keep you informed. For instance, when nothing's going on, the status bar displays the simple message "Ready." That means Excel is ready and waiting for you to go to work. Well, are you?

If Excel is waiting for you to do something so it can continue a process, you may see the message "Enter." If your current task takes a little time, the status bar may display an explanation of the task and a progress meter.

You say you don't have a status bar? Don't worry. Sometimes people turn off the status bar because they find it distracting or because it uses screen space. To turn a status bar back on, select Tools, Options. Click the View tab, then select Status Bar. Click OK to return to your worksheet.

At this point, you should have a clear view of your status bar.