Take the file down off the server, open it with FileMaker Pro and specify the status area options you want as the default. Then return the file to the server.
Write a script that runs when the file opens that uses Show/Hide Status Area to set this the way you want each time the file is opened.
I've tried writing a script, but haven't been successful yet - I'm a novice user. I will try taking it off the server the Server and see if that works.
You can use File Options to specify that a script run each time the file is opened.
Thanks - taking it down off the server is what made the difference, and I made sure to "Show" the Status Area.