Set Text of Status Bar

Set Text of Status Bar

The Set Text of Status Bar action shows a message in the status bar at the bottom left of the browser window. For example, you can use this action to describe the destination of a link in the status bar instead of showing the URL associated with it. To see an example of a status message, roll your mouse over any of the navigation buttons in Using Dreamweaver. Visitors often ignore or overlook messages in the status bar (and not all browsers provide full support for setting the text of the status bar); if your message is important, consider displaying it as a pop-up message or as the text of a layer.

You can embed any valid JavaScript function call, property, global variable, or other expression in the text. To embed a JavaScript expression, place it inside braces ({}). To display a brace, precede it with a backslash (\{).


The URL for this page is {window.location}, and today is {new Date()}.

To use the Set Text of Status Bar action:

  1. Select an object and open the Behaviors panel.
  2. Click the Plus (+) button and select Set Text > Set Text of Status Bar from the Actions pop-up menu.
  3. In the Set Text of Status Bar dialog box, type your message in the Message text box.

    Keep the message concise. The browser truncates the message if it doesn’t fit in the status bar.

  4. Click OK.
  5. Check that the default event is the one you want.

    If it isn’t, select another event from the pop-up menu. If the events you want are not listed, change the target browser in the Show Events For pop-up menu.

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