How do I Customize the Status Bar in Excel?

The status bar in Excel provides essential information and quick access to various features. Did you know that you can customize the status bar to display the specific information you need? In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to customize the status bar in Excel.

Step 1: Open Excel and Access Options

  • Open Excel and click on the “File” tab in the top left corner.
  • From the drop-down menu, select “Options”.

Step 2: Customize the Status Bar

  • In the “Excel Options” dialog box, select the “Advanced” tab.
  • Scroll down and go to the “Display” section.
  • Click on the “Customize” button next to “Status Bar”.

Step 3: Choose the Information to Display

  • In the “Customize Status Bar” dialog box, you will see a list of available options.
  • Check the checkboxes for the information you want to display on the status bar.
    • For example, if you want to see the average, count, and sum of selected cells, check “Average”, “Count”, and “Sum”.
    • You can also customize options for cell mode, page layout, and more.

Step 4: Rearrange the Order (Optional)

  • If you want to change the order of displayed items on the status bar, select an option and use the up or down arrows on the right to rearrange them.

Step 5: Confirm and Apply Changes

  • Once you have selected the desired options, click “OK” to close the “Customize Status Bar” dialog box.
  • In the “Excel Options” dialog box, click “OK” to finalize the changes and close the dialog box.

Step 6: Observe the Customized Status Bar

  • Look at the status bar at the bottom of the Excel window.
  • It will now display the information you selected, providing quick access to essential data without the need to create formulas or use additional functions.


Customizing the status bar in Excel allows you to have the most relevant information at your fingertips. By following these step-by-step instructions, you can tailor the status bar to your specific needs, enhancing your productivity and data analysis capabilities.

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