AutoCAD's status bar appears at the bottom of the AutoCAD screen. It displays ― and allows you to change ― several important drawing modes, aids, and settings that affect how you draw and edit in the current drawing.

You can set status bar buttons to display icons or the traditional text labels that will be familiar to you if you've used earlier releases. To switch from one style to the other, right-click any of the drawing mode buttons at the left side of the status bar and select or deselect Use Icons.

The following table outlines what each button does.