< KDE Visual Design Group | HIG | SOU Workspace Note This page is now on [https://hig.kde.org/] A status bar is an area at the bottom of a window that can be used to display brief information about the status of the application. Contents 1 Guidelines 1.1 Selecting the right information 1.2 Status bar layout 1.3 Providing contextual help 1.4 Interacting with the status bar Guidelines Selecting the right information Use statusbars for information that is Relevant to the current user in the current situation Not critical (i.e. information that does not need immediate response) Examples: General information about the document or application. For example, current connection status in a network application, or the size of the current document in a text editor. Progress of a background operation. For example, "Sending to printer", "Printing page 10 of 20", "Printing Complete". Information about using the current tool. For example, while using the selection tool in a drawing application, "Hold Shift to extend the selection" A description of the control or area of the window under the mouse pointer. For example, "Drop files here to upload them" Do not use status bars for Information that most users won't need while using the application. Put that information in a log file or display it in a dialog on demand. Critical information to which users need to respond in order to complete their task or avoid loosing any work. Display critical information in a dialog instead. Users may miss information displayed in a status bar and some novice users might not even notice the status bar at all. Examples: Information about routine checks (unless something - non-critical - has happened) An error that is critical to the task Status bar layout Display status messages on the left end of the status bar Place permanent status indicators (icons or text) on the right end. Place progress bars on the far right (move status indicators to the left of the progress bar when it is displayed). Don't use a placeholder when there is no background operation happening. Providing contextual help Use tooltips to describe status indicators that are not self explanatory or to give additional information about a status. Interacting with the status bar Use interactive widgets in the status bar sparingly - if at all. Don't use the status bar as an additional toolbar or as a replacement of the toolbar. You may allow to change a status indicated on the status bar directly by clicking on the status bar indicator. Never use clicking the status bar indicator as the only means to change a status. Also provide a toolbar button or menu item. Retrieved from "https://community.kde.org/index.php?title=KDE_Visual_Design_Group/HIG/SOU_Workspace/Status_Bar&oldid=82808" This page was last edited on 5 February 2019, at 18:22. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.