iPad Development 101 – Hiding the Status Bar

An essential part of making an application look and feel great is to take care of the smaller details. Hiding the status bar is one of those little details that’s really easy to control.

  • First create a new iPad view-based application and call it StatusBar. Alternatively if you’re already working on a project, edit the application .plist file of your existing app.
  • Click on StatusBar-Info.plist under the resources folder.
  • Click a row and notice the [+] activated to the right of the row, click the plus to add a new property.
  • In the new row select or type ‘Status bar is initially hidden’ , without quotes for the (Key column).
  • Click the checkbox to enable the property (Value column).

Build and Run the project with the checkbox in each state to see the status bar visibility change.

  1. Great article, Geoff. Very handy tip.

    Aug 25th, 2010

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