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In FF4b7, I think, the status bar went away, and so now when you hover over a link, it tries to squeeze this into the right half of the URL bar. I'm always looking at something like this:

http://en.wikipedia.o...>>http://en.wikipedia.org...ation

This is almost completely useless to me. I have no idea where this link is going to go.

Is there any way, through about:config or an extension, to bring the old, usable status bar back?

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Perhaps you should have a look here:
http://maketecheasier.com/restore-status-bar-in-firefox-4/2010/11/25

Two approaches (involving extensions) are listed there.

Being a Firefox 4 Beta 7 user myself, your question inspired me to try the first option listed there, Link Target Display, which takes the same approach as Google Chrome does. I'm quite happy with it.

Edit: After trying both extensions for a while, I decided I actually like Status-4-Evar better.

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    That's better than nothing, but it suffers from Chrome's problems (crops the middle of URLs, even though it has the entire width of the window), and adds a couple new ones of its own (doesn't move out of the way for URLs on the bottom row). – Ken Nov 28 '10 at 4:45
  • Did you try the other extension listed there, Status-4-Evar? addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/235283 – oKtosiTe Nov 28 '10 at 15:43

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