The last line of the screen, the status bar, is reserved by
in order to display some information about its internal state. Note that on
most terminals is physically impossible to write a character on the last
column of this line, so that we are not really stealing precious space to
The status bar looks more or less like that:
L: 31 C: 25 iabcwfpvurBMR* /foo/bar
Some of the letters may be missing---their presence is related to the value of a series of flags, as we will see later.
The numbers after `
L:' and `
C:' represent the line and column of
the cursor position. The first line and the first column are numbered by 1.
They change while the cursor is moving, and this fact can really slow down
the cursor movement if you are using
ne through a slow connection. In this
case, it is a good idea to turn off the status bar using the `
menu item of hte `
Prefs' menu, or the
See StatusBar. Note that if you really need it, it is anyway a good idea
to turn on the fast GUI mode using the `
Fast GUI' menu item of the
Prefs' menu, or the
FastGUI command (see FastGUI),
because in this case the status bar is not draw in reverse, and some
additional optimization can be done when refreshing it.
The letters after the line and column number represent the status of the flags associated to a series of command. In detail:
M' if you are currently marking a vertical block. See MarkVert.
The file name appearing after this group of letters is the file name of
the current document. Very long file names may end off screen. Of course,
ne is keeping track internally of the complete file name, which
is used by the
Save command, and as default input by the
SaveAs command. See Save, and SaveAs.
Note that sometimes
ne needs to communicate you some message. The
message is then usually written over the status bar, where it stays
until you do something (any such message ends with a full stop). Any action
(moving the cursor, inserting a character et cetera) will restore the
normal look of the status bar.