How To Enable Notepad Status Bar In Windows 7

By default, Windows 7 build-in Notepad does not show the status bar (at the bottom of the window). However, it is necessary at times to know basic statistics of the document like number of lines consumed and current column location. By doing a little tweaking in Windows Registry, you can easily make the status bar apparent in Notepad. In this post we will let you know how to enable the status bar of Notepad.

This is useful for users who cannot enable Status Bar from View menu as shown in the screenshot below. Status bar can’t be enabled when Word Wrap is enabled. Since Status Bar option is grayed out, tweaking the registry is the only viable option.

status bar2

Note:Enabling Status Bar of Notepad requires modifying the registry, before you begin with the process, make sure that you have ample knowledge of backing up the registry files to prevent any erratic system behavior.

To start out with, from taskbar click Windows Start Orb button, type regedit and hit Enter. This will bring up Windows Registry Editor dialog.

Now look for the following key:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Notepad

Once Notepad registry keys are opened, double-click the StatusBar key. This will bring up a small registry key editor, now change the value from 0 to 1. Click OK to save the changes.

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Now close down the registry editor and open a text file in Notepad. At the lower part of the window, you will see a Status bar showing Line and Column number.

col number1

The above Registry tweaking was done on Windows 7.

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  • Jikaido

    Does this apply to all Windows 7 versions? I’ve got Ultimate and the status bar can be enabled by default with no hacks, don’t have other versions to test this on…

    • http://www.addicitivetips.com Nakodari

      It works on all versions of Windows. I can enable status bar in my Notepad in Win 7 Ultimate without any registry hack too, but this option is disabled when Word Wrap is enabled. In this case, the above method is the only way to enable it.

  • http://notepad.com NotepadFreak

    Status bar can’t be enabled when Word Wrap is enabled.

    So if you want to enable the Status Bar without doing the registry hack:

    Notepad >> Format/Word Wrap (check it off)
    Notepad >> View/Status Bar

    Tada!

    • Kim

      So your point being???

  • http://www.myself.com Rohan

    Hey It helped a lot. Thanks Man!!!

  • Robert

    So the real point of this article is.
    1) Turn off word wrap
    2) Turn on the status bar.

  • My name

    F’Microsoft should update their note pad with basic features like what in text pad.

  • Bill

    Thanks, this has been driving me crazy since I started using Windows 7.  So much easier to read the line number than have to count lines in Notepad…and I use it a lot.

  • Christopher Morales

    Totally worked even on my win 8. 
    I was getting nuts with this bug :SThanks for the info ^^

  • Mangesh Muley

    Thanks….. it’s work…

  • balmydrizzle

    Status bar can’t be enabled when Word Wrap is enabled.

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    MS doesn’t deal with synchronization between wrap line and line number info., instead just make the mutual-exclusive. This is a shit.