Hiding link paths is not something we would advise as a global way to design your web site. You want your visitors to easily travel through your site and know where they are going before they click. Having mystery corridors will only discourage and frustrate your visitors, and they will likely leave. Everything on the web is NOW. No one has time to play the "where-am-I-going-now game". If you are selling a product or service, you always want to make your web site simple and comfortable to navigate. As painful as it may be for some designers to read it, site visitors are also not impressed that the designer knows how to use the status bar message trick. There is a time and place for everything and using these type elements only when needed is a must for effective web design.
Within the hyperlink tag add the code shown in red below. Change "Link Message" to whatever you want it to be or a description of the link. Now roll your mouse over this link and watch your status bar.
onmouseover="window.status='Link Message'; return true">Your
Here is what our link looks like within the source code:
<a href="http://www.basictemplates.com/about.shtml" onmouseover="window.status='About our Web Templates and Membership Service'; return true"> Now roll your mouse over this link and watch your status bar.</a>
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