Microsoft Word 2003 status bar is missing

Posted on 2006-04-16
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
The status bar that appears on the bottom of Microsoft word windows is missing. It tells you your page number, and then the other icons like when the file is being saved, etc...

 How do I get it back???

Thank you.

Microsoft Word 2003 sp2
Question by:scottsch27
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi scottsch27,
    In the Tools...Options menu item, go to the View tab. Is the Status Bar box checked?

    If not, while Word is not running, try finding and renaming your template to normal.old. Renaming it causes Word to create a new one to factory specifications the next time it launches. Location varies, but on my computer it is in C:\Documents and Settings\my Windows log-in name\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates   Please use the Search tool in Windows Explorer to find your file(s)--and note that you may have more than one. You may need to turn on viewing of system files in order to find your To do so, open Windows Explorer, and go to Tools-Folder Options. Choose the View tab, and choose to Show Hidden Files and Folders. I suggested renaming the file rather than deleting it outright just in case you have some macros (or other useful customizations) stored there and renaming the file didn't fix your original problem.

    Try resetting Word's registry settings to factory specifications. You can do this with the RegServer switch. Open the Start...Run command line, then click the "Browse" button. Locate your copy of WINWORD.EXE (mine is in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\WINWORD.EXE). Select the WINWORD.EXE file, then click the "Open" button. This puts the path in the Start...Run command line, surrounded by double quotes. Use your scroll arrow to move to the right of that command, add a single space and then /RegServer. The finished command may look like this:
    "C:\Program Filesa\Microsoft Office\Office\WINWORD.EXE" /RegServer

    With Word closed, use Windows Explorer to find the Word Startup folder, usually something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\Startup. Make sure there are no files in there that you did not intentionally put in there yourself. If this solves the problem, put the files back in one at a time until you have identified the culprits.

    Two other sources of problems are corrupted video and printer drivers. As unlikely as it seems, both of these drivers affect what you see on the screen and printed page. It is best to download new copies from the manufacturer's web site, because the locally cached copy may be corrupted.

    For an excellent summary of Word start-up troubleshooting tips, see

    And all about



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    Thanks Brad! somehow the status box became unchecked in the options! problem solved

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    Thanks for the grade!

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