< Projects | Usability | HIGRevision as of 13:29, 25 October 2013 by Htietze (talk | contribs) (→Behavior)(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff) Purpose A status bar is an area at the bottom of a primary window that displays information about the current window's state, background tasks, or other contextual information. Examples Guidelines Is this the right control Provide a status bar in the main window of every standard application. Do not display a status bar in secondary or internal windows. Behavior Do not use status bars for crucial information. Users should never have to know what is in the status bar. Otherwise consider to use tool-tips or a message panel. Do not use the status bar to display advisory messages in place of standard tool-tips. Consider to make status bar areas interactive, e.g. with a slider to zoom content. The interaction with controls placed within the status bar is a convenience feature and must not be the only way to execute an action. Do not hide the status bars by default. If configurable, users should easily be able to make it viewable again. Appearance When different information are shown the content of a status bar should be structured in panels. Keep the status bar plain; do not add icons. Implementation Retrieved from "https://techbase.kde.org/index.php?title=Projects/Usability/HIG/StatusBar&oldid=81168" Categories: UsabilityBehaviorViewing and NavigationAccess functions Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.