Not that I know of, but you can hide the entire section and then put in your own "button" bar for the buttons that you actually need. This can usually be done in a way that takes up much less screen space than the status tool bar.
thanks Phil, I thought that might be the way to go. The issue will be preparing for all the "cancel find" buttons etc that pop up. I'll look into it though.
See this thread for examples of scripted finds--none of which result in an error dialog appearing if no records are found:
but that really shouldn't be a problem for the standard set of tool bar functions that you might choose to replicate in a button bar of your own.