Quick follow up...
I don't really need the record number either, but what I do need is the "Quick Find" box that is part of that Toolbar.
Is it possible to add the Quick Find field somewhere in the layout itself and run a script to show/hide toolbar?
In the View menu, choose "Customize Status Toolbar…"
…and yes, it is possible to hide the toolbars and perform a quick find using a scripted button. See the script steps:
Show/Hide Toolbars[Lock; Hide]
Perform Find/Replace or Perform Quick Find