IDM PowerTips

The Status Bar

Did you know that the status bar in UltraEdit and UEStudio provides a wealth of information in a convenient, unobtrusive way? The status bar displays properties of the active file and also provides a way to access and modify some of these properties. We’ll take a brief look at each element of the status bar in this power tip.

Tooltip / Help prompts
This area of the status bar will show a tooltip (explanation) for menu and toolbar items as you hover over them. This is also the area where status information is written during Find/Replace in Files, Sort, and Macro recording.

Line/column number, active clipboard
UltraEdit shows you the active line and column number here, as well as the active clipboard. “C0” indicates that the  Windows (system) clipboard is active, while C1-9 indicate that the corresponding user clipboard is active. In hex mode, this displays the active caret position in both hex and decimal values.

Note: If you don’t see the line number, go to Advanced -> Configuration -> Editor Display -> Miscellaneous and ensure that “Disable line numbers” is NOT checked.

Line terminator format
The line terminator format reflects the type of line terminators in the active  file. There are only three different types of line terminators – DOS (standard on Windows systems; CR/LF), Unix (standard on files opened from FTP or from Unix-based servers and Macs; LF), or Mac (legacy; CR).

Encoding drop down
This drop down displays the detected encoding type for the active file. You can change the encoding type by  opening the drop down and selecting a new code page. This will not actually affect the content of the active file but simply changes the encoding used to view the file in the editor.

Syntax highlighting drop down
 This drop down displays the type of syntax highlighting applied to the active file (HTML, PHP, C++, Java, etc.). You can  change the code highlighting for the active file by opening the drop down and selecting a language.

Date/time modified
Displayed here is the date and time the active file was last saved before it was opened in the current session. For new  files, the date and time shown will be the date created.

File size
The active file’s size in bytes is shown here. This updates in real time as you save your changes to the file. If text is selected in  the active file, then this area of the status bar will show the number of bytes (B) and lines in the selected text instead of the file size.

Read-only status
If the active file is read-only, this will display as “R/O”, otherwise it will display “R/W” (“Read/Write”). You can click this button to toggle the active file’s read-only status.

Note: Toggling the read-only status won’t change the underlying “Read-only” file attribute unless “Change file read-only attribute when changing menu setting” is checked in Advanced -> Configuration -> File Handling -> Miscellaneous.

Insert/overstrike mode status
This indicates whether insert or overstrike mode is active. Clicking on this area will toggle between the two. Keep in mind this setting affects your entire system – not just UltraEdit.

Caps lock status
The furthest area of the status bar will display CAP if the Caps Lock key is turned on; otherwise this will be grayed out.