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6:24 pm on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I use IE7 and Firefox. They no longer show the domain in the status bar when you mouseover.

Say I want to filter a certain ad by domain in my adsense account, how do I find the domain name without clicking the ad?

6:33 pm on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can use the Google Adsense Preview Tool:

http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=10005&topic=160 [google.com]

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Never used it, i'll check it out. Thanks.
1:34 am on Dec 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Or right click on the ad, "copy link location" (firefox) paste it into the browser and remove everything that isn't the url which is somewhere in the middle.

Don't try this if you are using a touch pad instead of a mouse, it is too easy to make a direct click by mistake.

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IMO it's very odd that URLs don't show up in the status bar when you do a mouseover. I don't know what's going on, but you have a problem there somewhere.
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I'm also using IE7 and can no longer see the domains in the status bar. I have no idea if there's a setting somewhere to change that, but the situation came along with switching to IE7. I don't know about Firefox.
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Isn't that part of the new anti-phishing "features" in both browsers?
5:58 am on Dec 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It displays OK for me in IE7 and also Firefox. In both browsers, try selecting "View" from the drop-down menu and ensuring "Status Bar" is checked.
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jomaxx, I do have the status bar checked. Normal links on a page do display in the status bar and that has never changed. It's only the links that are in an ad unit that won't display in the status bar now.
6:53 am on Dec 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I find the new IE is hard to use.
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In IE6, the url shown in the status bar is the url as displayed on the ad. That may well NOT be the actual landing page, and it's the landing page you need to block.

Use the preview tool to find the url if possible, but failing that right click on the ad with the copy option and paste this to a new window or notepad. Than strip out the &client= stuff after the url and everything before (and including) the adurl= bit. That should leave you with just tha landing page. Have a look at the page then block if necessary.

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Okay, I get it now. IE7 isn't allowing Javascript code to customize the status bar ("Go to www.domain.com"). In Firefox this is controlled by the Javascript options; I don't see where IE has this setting, if it can be changed at all.
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You could also do a rightclick->"View Source" and copy the link out of the HTML source code.
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You could also do a rightclick->"View Source" and copy the link out of the HTML source code.

This won't work to get the URL for an advertiser; all you'll see in the source code is the Javascript.

The Firebug addon for Firefox will, however, allow you to look at the code as used (after the Javascript has written out the ad code), and see the advertiser URL there with a little digging in the "Inspect" tab.

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After reading this and doing a little research i've found more evidence to support the fact that in IE7 the status bar no longer allows custom text to be entered.

I did find the Firefox setting under Tools -> Options -> Content tab -> Click 'Advanced' beside the 'Enable Javascript' checkbox -> Select 'Change Status Bar Text' option.

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I'm also using IE7 and can no longer see the domains in the status bar.

try selecting "View" from the drop-down menu and ensuring "Status Bar" is checked.

It worked!

I can't believe I was so stupid as to download IE7. I think I must have unclicked the status bar in my desperate attempt to get rid of the bar with the tabs.

 

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