this is from the JAWS webinar training materials
Status Bar, Command Bar, and Menu Bar
The Status Bar gives useful information, such as the percentage of the page as it loads. It is turned off by default in IE9. To enable the status bar do
1. Press ALT+V to open the View menu.
2. Press T to open the Toolbars submenu.
3. Press DOWN ARROW to find Status Bar. If it is checked, just press ESC a couple of times to get out of the menus. If it is not checked, press ENTER to
check it. The menus close and the status bar is now visible at the bottom of the screen. To read the status bar with JAWS or MAGic, press INSERT+PGDN.