Firefox: Show Mouse Over Urls In The Firefox Address Bar

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 13, 2009
Updated • Feb 15, 2015
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Firefox users: What do you need the Firefox status bar for? Many will probably answer that they do not need it at all while some may say that they use it to check links by hovering the mouse over them on the website.

Then there is also the group of users with other add-ons that have placed their icons in the status bar to fill it with life.

Displaying the url of a website that you are hovering the mouse over on the page. That's something that can be achieved in another way; That must have been the reason for Josiah Decker to create the Firefox add-on Status Address Bar. The add-on displays the urls of links that the user hovers over in the Firefox address bar as well.

Why would someone want this? The answer is screen estate. Moving the functionality to the address bar makes the status bar in Firefox redundant if it is only displayed for that purpose. The status bar can then be hidden so that it does not appear on the computer screen anymore.

It is at first confusing to see link urls appear in the Firefox address bar especially since it removes the url of the website you are on for that time. There is another problem that was acknowledged by the developer of the add-on: Relative links are shown without part of the domain structure, e.g. /en-US/firefox/ instead of which would appear in the Firefox status bar at the Mozilla website.

But since you know that, you know that the link is pointing to a resource on the same domain.

Status Address Bar might still be an interesting option for users who use the "hover over link" functionality in Firefox regularly but do not need the status bar otherwise and run Firefox on a small computer screen. It can be downloaded for all Firefox 2 and 3 versions at the Mozilla Firefox website.

Update: The add-on is no longer developed. Firefox 4 and future versions display the web address of a link above the status bar which means that it is possible to hide the status bar without losing the functionality to display the urls of websites in the browser.


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  1. solnyshok said on October 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Is there an addon for keeping bookmark toolbar while in full screen mode? i.e. I want to see address bar with buttons, bookmark toolbar, and tabs bar.

  2. Jojo said on October 13, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Hmm. I have a whole lot of stuff in my FF status bar. But the left side is reserved for showing URL’s when I hover over them. I’ve always seemed to have this functionality, so didn’t know that an add-in was needed?

    1. Martin said on October 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm

      Jojo it might be useful for users who want to hide the statusbar in Firefox.

      1. Jojo said on October 13, 2009 at 10:41 pm

        WHY would someone want to do that? The status bar on my screen takes up 0.25″ of space There are 16 icons/pieces of information displayed. That is a lot of value for the space it consumes!

      2. Martin said on October 13, 2009 at 10:53 pm

        Why would not they if they do not use it at all or only to check urls that they hover their mouse over?

  3. software download said on October 13, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I hate the ideea of an adress bar and I think it incomodates people. In my case it surely does!

  4. zorro said on October 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Same thing can be done with fission plus more features….

  5. Peter said on October 13, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    i went a different way for the same effect, first i used url tooltip, but that didn’ t always play nice with certain websites (showing picture on mouseover would be useless due to the tooltip being on front), so i went with autohiding the statusbar when not in use, but showing whenever it’ s loading a page or when placing the mouse over a link. this is especially nice if you use extended statusbar for more loading info.

    url tooltip:
    autohide statusbar:
    extended statusbar:

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