Status bar

The Writer status bar provides information about the document and convenient ways to quickly change some document features. From left to right, the fields are as follows.

Left end of status bar

Left end of status bar

Page number

Shows the current page number, the sequence number of the current page (if different), and the total number of pages in the document. For example, if you restarted page numbering at 1 on the third page, its page number is 1 and its sequence number is 3.

If any bookmarks have been defined in the document, a right-click on this field pops up a list of bookmarks; click on the required one. To jump to a specific page in the document, double-click in this field. The Navigator opens. Click in the Page Number field and type the required page number. After a brief delay, the display jumps to the selected page. Note: the “page number” is actually the sequence number of the page, which may be different from the page number displayed on the page itself.

Page style

Shows the style of the current page. To change the page style, right-click on this field. A list of page styles pops up; choose a different style by clicking on it.

To edit the page style, double-click on this field.


Shows the language for the selected text. Click to open a menu where you can choose another language for the selected text or for the paragraph where the cursor is located. You can also choose None to exclude the text from a spelling check or choose More… to open the Character dialog.

Insert mode

Click to toggle between Insert and Overwrite modes when typing.

Selection mode

Click to toggle between STD (Standard), EXT (Extend), ADD (Add) and BLK (Block) selection. EXT is an alternative to Shift+click when selecting text. See Selecting text for more information about ADD and BLK.

Digital signature

If the document has been digitally signed, an icon shows in this part of the Status bar. You can double-click the icon to view the certificate.

Right end of status bar

Right end of status bar

Section or object information

When the cursor is on a section or object (such as a picture), information about that item appears in this field. Double-clicking in this area opens a relevant dialog.

Object Information shown Dialog opened
Picture Size and position Format Picture
List item Level and list style Bullets and Numbering (1)
Heading Outline numbering level Bullets and Numbering (1)
Table Name or number and cell reference of cursor Table Format
Other (Blank) Fields (Cross-ref. tab)

(1) If a list style was used with a list item or heading, no dialog appears.

View layout

Click the appropriate icon to change between single page, side-by-side, and book layout views. You can edit the document in any view. New in 3.

View layouts: single, side-by-side, book

View layouts: single, side-by-side, book


To change the view magnification, drag the Zoom slider or click on the + and – signs. Zoom interacts with the selected view layout to determine how many pages are visible in the document window. New in 3.

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8 comments on “Status bar
  1. Daniel Davis says:

    I’d like to see the word count relevant to the document, is there a way to customize the status bar so that the document’s word count is visible?

  2. Dave says:

    Wordcount is under the Tools menu in Writer (or Alt T Alt W)
    not visible all the time but pretty accessible

  3. Anil says:

    Can’t we configure the status bar to display the word count in the active document / file? That would make it a lot more convenient to check it just with a glance.
    I appreciate your tip/s in this regard.

  4. Adrian says:

    Another vote for getting wordcount into the status bar – or anywhere that allows it to visibly update as you type without the need to manually evoke it – just think what we could all achieve with the cumulatively saved time! Given that the web is filled with boxes with character limits on pages that crash while you type, I like to work in the warm embrace of OO first – and I hate having to stop dictating to update my word count!

  5. Jean says:

    I’m sure there is an enhancement request at for this feature, but I don’t know the issue number so you can vote for it.

  6. ana says:

    It would be such an improvement if the word count could be added to the status bar at the bottom.

    And/or if there could be some integration with yWriter.

    Thanks for all the work!

  7. js says:

    would be really great if there was statistics in the stat bar i.e. word/character count

  8. Jean says:

    Don’t tell me; there’s nothing I can do about it. Tell the programmers.