Fixing Internet Explorer’s disappearing status bar

I generally use Internet Explorer to browse Web pages — not because I’m a huge fan of Microsoft, but because IE is the most common web browser (and thus something you should try to code against). Recently, the status bar — the little bar at the bottom of the window that tells you page loading progress and other useful information — would insist on not appearing until I explicitly turned it on (from the menu: View / Status Bar). The setting did not persist between IE sessions, which was rather frustrating.

Apparently this is a known problem, as Microsoft documents it in Knowledge Base Article 330216. Oddly, their workaround is to turn the option on (duh), or to jump through some hoops using IE and Windows Explorer to get the setting to persist.

And I thought there would be a registry hack to fix it… Obviously, that would be too easy!

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