Showing URLs in the browser’s left bottom corner – why is it good?

I have come across debates on the web against the URLs showing up in the browser’s left bottom corner if one hovers the mouse over a link. I advocate against hiding the URLs (except in some occasions such as in this guy’s giving a presentation) for security reasons. See the below example:

This is an email with an invoice from supposedly NetSuite. But hovering over the link in the email the URL in the left corner reveals that it is not from but rather from

Maybe it looks ugly, maybe a lot of people don’t care, maybe a lot of them don’t want it. But don’t take it away from power users please (as MS took away the status bar in Windows Explorer). I often want to see where the link I’m trying to click on will take me.

I also want to keep the browser’s address bar! Am I a lonesome cowboy with such view?


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I got here as am trying to restore bottom left hand corner link which is not showing. I am among few who want see where link take me before clicking and helps avoid spammy backlinks.

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Well, glad to see others have the same opinion :). The old browsers had a special dedicated toolbar for this. In new browsers this address obscures a bit of the page. Maybe it can be turned off/on in some browsers? Which browser (and version) are you using?

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I think there is no need to turn on and off but option that you want always to show a bottom bar or howering one when you point to link.

I found that my problem was just due to bad theme contrast.

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