Internet Explorer status bar fix

One of my biggest Internet Explorer pet peeves is the annoying tendency for the “status bar” at the bottom to dissappear, requiring me to click on View -> Status Bar to get it back. I prefer to have the status bar present so that I can see where web links point to when I hover over them with my mouse pointer.

I found this as a solution to the problem:

  1. With (only one) IE open, click View, select: Status Bar
  2. Right-click on IE’s Toolbar and select: “Lock the Toolbars”
  3. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the close button (upper right)
  4. Right click on the Start Button to open Windows Explorer, click View, select: Status Bar
  5. Right-click on Explorer’s Toolbar and select: “Lock the Toolbar”
  6. Click Tools | Folder Options | View tab
  7. Click the “Apply to all folders” button. (Click OK if this gives you another dialogue question)
  8. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the close button (upper right)
  9. Reopen IE to any page, right-click on a link and select: “Open in New Window” The Status Bar should remain visible.
  10. Click on the Start Button, select RUN, and type REGEDIT
  11. Verify that these Registry entries exist:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    “Show_StatusBar”=”yes”
    “Show_URLinStatusBar”=”yes”

Graphical Remix

ATI Catalyst remixed images

If you have an ATI Radeon 9500 and higher video card as well as the latest video drivers (currently Catalyst 3.8) then you can play with some of above graphics using the built-in Smartshader effects.

If you open the advanced video driver properties and look under the “3D” tab, you’ll notice you can change the custom settings for both Direct 3D and OpenGL. Within the custom settings, you’ll find another tab for “Smartshader”, which will apply such effects as a Sobel edge detection algorithm based “sketch” mode, as well as stylized black and white, which converts low intensity pixels to gray scale, leaving a nice effect of only certain objects containing color. The “classic” effect turns everything into a sepia colored mode which resembles older movies, and which helps the immersiveness of games like Mafia or IL-2 Sturmovik.

A useless, yet fun, little addition, and example of the possibilities of smartshader technology.