No it is a PART of the status area.
As for the View as mode, if you have advanced, you can override the step with your own scripts using custom menus.
mr_vodka, thank you!
If I override the step with my own scripts using custom menus, will the icons in on the layout bar also reflect the new script step. In other words if I click the "list view icon" will it take me to the layout I have designated in the script step.
Another option is to have a script trigger ( if you have 10 ) to go to another layout if they change modes.
this is what i love about this forum great advice, and quick responses.
thanks again mr_vodka!