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status line

a region on the screen, often at the base of a window, with general status information about the computer as a whole or the specific window or application. Typical information in status bars include:

  • date and time
  • current location of the cursor in a text document
  • current page being viewed
  • connection status in internet applications
  • which of several views is currently displayed in the window
  • the current mode, including the position of the NumLock and CapsLock keys
  • progress bars for lengthy operations, such as loading a web page